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Executive Officer Elizabeth Casson Trust

The Elizabeth Casson Trust is looking for a new Executive Officer to lead its important work supporting the development of occupational therapists and the profession in the UK and internationally.

  • Location: Remote (with occasional travel required for meetings and events)
  • Salary: This contract is available at a monthly rate of £3,300. Should you have questions about the contract, the Trust is happy to discuss.
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 24th May

Who we are

The Elizabeth Casson Trust was established in 1948 to further the profession of occupational therapy and support the development of occupational therapists within the UK and beyond. We have developed as an organisation through the years but have always worked to stay true to the pioneering spirit of Dr Elizabeth Casson.

The Trust supports the development and translation of research into practice, and the acquisition of knowledge and skills by occupational therapists. We achieve this through the awarding of grants. In addition, we commission specific projects through our innovation awards to respond to current and emerging needs.

We stay connected to our profession, professionals and people who use our services users to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the Trust.

As we continue to deliver our current strategic plan for 2020-2025, we are looking for an Executive Officer who is committed and passionate about our work and the important role occupational therapy has in health and well-being.

Our strategy includes working in partnership across all organisations where occupational therapists have a presence; providing support and development in the most accessible way, and ensuring equality and diversity run through from the Board to funding awards to our future focus.

About the contract

The successful contractor will succeed our current Executive Officer, Pam Anderson, who has been in post since 2016.

The Executive Officer plays a critical role in developing and leading our organisational and operational plans to support the work of the Trust and trustee board. The Executive Officer reports to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The key areas of responsibility for the Executive Officer are:

  • Leadership
  • Governance, compliance and operations
  • Performance and delivery

The successful contractor will scope and develop project opportunities which are aligned with and support the charitable purpose, values and strategic plans of the Trust. Building relationships and networks which support and enhance the Trust’s work is an important part of this role, as is actively representing the Trust externally. In addition, the Executive Officer maintains the Trust’s compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and holds day-to-day financial responsibility for the Trust.

The role is offered with a self-employed contract. Please note that the current EO is contracted on this basis, as this offers maximum flexibility for both parties. Should potential contractors have questions or issues about this type of contract that they would like to discuss, Elizabeth Casson Trust is open to this. Please contact our advising consultant in the first instance, whose contact details are included below.

Who we are looking for

First and foremost, we are looking for an Executive Officer who aligns with and is passionate about our values: inclusive; pioneering; and fairness.

The Executive Officer needs to hold a degree in occupational therapy. Although they do not need to be currently on the HCPC register, a recent connection to the profession is highly desirable.

We are looking for someone who will be excellent at launching new projects; overseeing the delivery of projects; budgeting and finance; managing our website and social media; and supporting our board of trustees.

It is really important to us that the Executive Officer is a strong networker; a communicator and listener; as well as a creative, free thinker who is able to create new opportunities.

Further details about the Executive Officer’s specific responsibilities and the person specification are outlined in the description of services, which you can access via the ‘How to Apply’ tab above.

Benefits

  1. Offering key services in an organisation with a growing reputation.
  2. Options for flexible working.
  3. Home-based

For further information about the opportunity, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Jenn Allen

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About us

Dr Elizabeth Casson – Founder of Occupational Therapy

Dr Casson was born on April 14th, 1881. Not only is she seen as the founder of occupational therapy in England, but she was also the first woman to be awarded a medical degree by the University of Bristol.

Heavily influenced by the work of the social reformer, Octavia Hill, whom she worked for in her early years, Dr Casson’s passion for the healing power of occupation drove her lifelong work in establishing occupational therapy practice, and education.

In 1929, Dr Casson borrowed funds to establish the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in Bristol; Constance Owens was its first principal.

The school was relocated to in 1946 and in 1948, Dr Casson established the original Casson Trust to support her developmental work in occupational therapy and the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy. When the School merged with Oxford Brookes University in 1993, the Elizabeth Casson Trust was established in its present form.

The Trust is governed by its Memorandum of Association, which sets out the primary purpose of the Trust: to further the profession of Occupational Therapy.

Strategic Intentions

The Strategic Intentions are reviewed every 5 years to ensure that the work of the Trust meets the current needs of occupational therapists within the UK and beyond.

Our strategic intentions emerge from the Trust’s Objects which focus on four main areas of work:

  1. The development and promotion of the evidence base of occupational therapy – supporting the production of evidence and translation of evidence into practice.
  2. The development of occupational therapists’ knowledge and skills in research, education, leadership, and management so that they can become confident and capable of taking the profession forward within ever changing practice environments, especially in the UK.
  3. Raising the profile of and promoting the profession of occupational therapy and its benefits to the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.
  4. The maintenance of the governance, relevance, and sustainability of the Trust.

The strategic intentions can be read in more detail here.

Purpose and Mission

Our Charitable Purpose is to advance the profession of occupational therapy and support the development of occupational therapists. We do this by commissioning special projects and research and by providing funding grants for the professional development of occupational therapists.

Our Values and Commitments

Our values form the foundation for all we do, and our commitments articulate the actions we take to demonstrate our living by our values. These are as follows:

  1. We are intentionally inclusive. Inclusivity runs through all of our business structure, developmental and funding intentions.
  • We are intentionally aware of the need for greater diversity and representation across our work.
  • We value integrity, openness, and transparency.
  1. We embody a pioneering spirit. The unique spirit of Elizabeth Casson is visible and relevant in how we work and engage with others.
  • We are focussed on sharing the spirit of Elizabeth Casson to create greater visibility, be more courageous and take appropriate risks across our relationships.
  • We value tenacity, courage, and innovation.
  1. A fabric of fairness runs through us. We are fair, balanced and considered in all of our interactions with others.
  • We are open, honest, and considered in how we do business.
  • We value generosity, sharing and meaningful learning.

Accessibility information

As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification, please let us know.

If you experience any technical or accessibility difficulties and need help making an application, or have any additional support that needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please let us know.

Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.

If you decide to express interest and would prefer to submit your statement in a spoken rather than written format, we would be happy to accept a video alongside your written CV.


Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the opportunity, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the opportunity, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

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    For further information about the opportunity, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

    As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.

    If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification, please let us know.

    If you experience any technical or accessibility difficulties, need help making an expression of interest, or have any additional support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please let us know.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.

    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 24th May 2024


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