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Safeguarding Trustee National Autistic Society

With a goal to help transform lives, change attitudes, and create a society that works for autistic people, the UK's leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society is now looking for a new Trustee to join our board to help navigate them in their future challenges.

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

Who we are

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and one of the country’s major charities, with a turnover of around £95 million. Since 1962, we’ve been transforming lives, changing attitudes and helping to create a society that works for autistic adults and children.

Our head office is in London, and we have national offices in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and a network of regional offices and volunteer-run branches across the UK. As well as adult services and schools, we run a range of programmes, have dedicated diagnostic services and run specialist helplines. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and the government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws. And we improve public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face.

We’re continuing to advocate on longstanding issues such as social care funding, and campaign for what autistic people need to see in the forthcoming autism strategy in England and its equivalent in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We’re also growing our branch network – including national online branches – and we’ve begun work on a new mental health programme combining research, digital guidance and policy influencing.

About the role

This is a truly transformational and vital time to be part of our charity as we have launched our Vision to Reality strategy for 2023-2026 which sets our the role of NAS in creating a society that works for autistic people.

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved – but there’s always more to be done. As the economic, social, and political landscape changes, our strategy must evolve to reflect changes. We need to ensure we continue to increase our fundraising and commercial activities to deliver the scale of impact required.

Who we are looking for

We’re looking for a new trustee to join our board to help us navigate future challenges. In particular, we are looking for this individual to play a role on the board as a trustee with safeguarding expertise. With this in mind, we are looking for people who have expertise and a strong understanding of safeguarding responsibilities in multi-faceted organisations, this could be in adult or children’s social care, education, health or the charity and/or private sectors. This is a strategic role, and you will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, assurance and performance of NAS, but you will bring your safeguarding experience to the board, ensuring that safeguarding is always at the heart of our decisions.

We’re keen to ensure our board is diverse in every way and we’re committed to ensuring our Trustees reflect our society, our charity and the people we represent and support. We welcome

applications from autistic people, their families and carers. To achieve greater diversity, we’re actively encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds and regions.

We’re looking for people who can provide strategic direction, appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge, leadership and passion to support our development.

The National Autistic Society Board meets four times with one overnight strategy away day every year. We expect our Trustees to join one sub-committee which also meets four times a year. Our meetings are a blend of face-to-face and virtual meetings. We expect the time commitment overall to be approximately one day a month.

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

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497


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About The National Autistic Society

We are the UK’s leading autism charity. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

We were formed in 1962 by a group of parents who were passionate about ensuring a better future for their children. Today, we provide information about autism to millions of people every year, run pioneering education and social care services and influence policy, public attitudes and business practices.

Across the UK, we have around 3,000 staff employed in a wide variety of roles, from teaching staff to family support workers; campaign officers to speech and language therapists; and marketing officers to administrators. We have seven schools, over 60 social care services and a network of 117 volunteer-run branches.

You’ll find more information about us on our website.

What Our Vision, Mission and Values

All our work is guided by our vision, mission and values, which have been developed alongside autistic people and family members.

Our vision

We want to see a society that works for autistic people.

Our mission

To transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers.

To change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and helping businesses, local authorities and government to provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Our values

  • We learn from real experience. We’ve spent over 50 years working together with people on the autism spectrum. No one has more practical knowledge of autism. But we move with the times and we understand that there’s always more to learn.
  • We tell it like it is. We share what we have learned about autism, so that more people can make informed decisions and lead the best lives possible.
  • We inspire. We celebrate progress, open up new possibilities, spur people into action and motivate change.
  • We are courageous. We won’t accept ignorance or inequality, and we’ll never stop pushing for more understanding, greater support and a better world for people on the autism spectrum.

What we do

We have over 23,000 members, 117 volunteer-led branches and provide:

  • information, advice, training and volunteer-delivered support to millions of autistic people and families in the UK every year
  • specialist residential, supported living and day services for adults
  • employment support and social programmes for autistic adults
  • information and training for health, education and other professionals working with autistic people and their families
  • campaign for policy change in all four national governments
  • advice to drama and documentary-makers on how to portray autism accurately
  • support to employers, businesses and public services on how to be more accessible and inclusive of autistic children and adults

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

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

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    Closing date: Monday 3rd July 2023

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 7th July 2023

    Interviews: Morning of Thursday 13th July 2023

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