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Collective Voice

This is an exciting opportunity to drive governance renewal and develop our next strategy to increase Collective Voice’s ability to represent the voices of the drug and alcohol treatment and recovery sector, and the people who use its services.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

Established in 2015 Collective Voice is a membership body of 9 drug and alcohol treatment organisations who together ensure the voice of this sector and those people that use its services are heard in policy and political discussions. We regularly build partnerships and alliances with partners in other relevant sectors including mental health, criminal justice and housing, and work with NHS Addictions Providers Alliance to develop ways to work with smaller treatment providers and experts by experience.

As we mature and enter our next phase we have undergone a governance review and we are now looking for an Independent Chair to help us realise the next stage of our evolution. Working closely with our Director and board of trustees you will help us think through and drive our future direction, leading our next strategy, leading and embedding governance renewal and drawing in more diverse voices to build on our work to date.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has vision and ambition; an experienced chair who understands how to shape and develop great governance and formulate and deliver strategy. You will have deft interpersonal skills, experience in representation, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and be expert in offering constructive critique and challenge, and drawing out healthy and generative debate on the board.

As independence is important, your experience is likely to come from outside of alcohol and drug rehabilitation, but this could be in allied areas such as mental health, criminal justice, homelessness, children’s or adult social care. However, we are looking for a skilled chair who can drive through change and development and will have the gravitas and credibility to do so, therefore we are open-minded about background. What is important is your commitment to ensuring the voice of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and the people that use its services is heard.

We are keen to encourage applications from as diverse a range of candidates as possible, to ensure we have an inclusive Board with different skills and perspectives, and welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.

Contact information

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry | Tel: 07772 902071 | E: philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 10th May 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from Paul Townsley – Chair

Dear Candidate

I am pleased you are considering joining Collective Voice as our first Independent Chair.

Since our inception in 2015 we have built a strong reputation as an advocate for the drug and alcohol treatment and recovery sector, and the people who use its services. Having constituted as a charity we are now looking ahead to the next stage of our development and want to welcome our first Independent Chair who brings the skills and vision to strengthen our governance and lead our next strategy.

This is a very exciting time to be joining us and we are poised to achieve much more. After a very challenging decade which has seen significant disinvestment and a tragic rise in drug related deaths there has been major investment this year, with an Independent Review likely to make major recommendations this year on the future of the field.  You’ll play a pivotal part in enabling Collective Voice to be more impactful, inclusive and collaborative.  We want to encourage greater engagement from the broader drug and alcohol treatment sector, so we can more broadly represent the voices of the sector, share best practice and continue to strengthen our policy and advocacy work.

We are looking for an experienced chair, who really understands what good governance looks like and can lead, shape and embed a process of governance renewal. You will have built a strong reputation in your field, and have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, networks, and the gravitas to engage and take people with you.

I hope you will continue to read on, find out more about us and consider helping us realise our further potential.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Townsley

Chair, Collective Voice

What we do

Collective Voice is the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment charities.

It was created in 2015 by voluntary sector organisations coming together to ensure the voice of the drug and alcohol treatment sector, and the people who use its services, was heard in policy and political discussions. We have witnessed first-hand the transformative power of treatment and support, not just to the person getting help but to their families and communities and want to make sure that as many people as possible benefit from this help.

Our work to date focuses on these areas:

  • Tirelessly advocating for the needs of people who use drugs and alcohol by influencing partners in central and local government, the media, and allied organisations
  • Coordinating and leading campaigns, alliances, projects and events within our sector and with wider partners
  • Promote the value brought by the voluntary sector to treatment and wider support

Our member organisations offer support over 200,000 vulnerable adults and young people annually across the country. Our members are:

  • Change Grow Live
  • Changing Lives
  • Cranstoun
  • The Forward Trust
  • Humankind
  • Phoenix Futures
  • Turning Point
  • WDP
  • With You

Our board of trustees is made up of Chief Executives and Directors from these membership organisations and oversees our charitable governance, ensuring our work is carried out in line with our charitable aims, as well as supporting the strategic direction of the organisation.

Our trustees:

  • Paul Townsley (Chair), CEO of Humankind
  • Laura Bunt (Vice-Chair), Deputy Chief Executive of With You
  • Yasmin Batliwala, Chair of WDP
  • Karen Biggs, Chief Executive of Phoenix Futures
  • Stephen Bell, Chief Executive of Changing Lives
  • Peter Glass, Executive Director of Cranstoun
  • Mark Moody, Chief Executive of Change, Grow, Live
  • Clare Taylor, National Director of Operations at Turning Point
  • Mike Trace, CEO of The Forward Trust

Board meetings:

Schedule for the rest of 2021:
June 24
Sept 16
Dec 16

All meetings 11-1pm. Pre covid all meetings held in person, 11-2 usually at Phoenix Futures’ office near Elephant and Castle, with lunch provided.

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    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902 071

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    Collective Voice is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.


    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you.

    Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 10th May 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Friday 14th May 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 17th May 2021

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