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This is an opportunity to join the Board of a growing and innovative organisation as a Trustee, striving to support more older people across the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in different and new ways.

  • Location: Kensington & Chelsea, London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Monday 1st July

Who we are.

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea (£3.1 million) is a community-based charity working in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea to ensure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met, and their independence is supported.

We are a team of 95 staff who provide a wide range of services including advice and information, and a variety of activities which improves well-being and addresses the issues of loneliness and isolation among older people. Our services range from informal social and leisure activities through to more practical assistance, social prescribing and in light of the pandemic, delivering large-scale humanitarian response from the first day of lockdown in 2020. We are part of the fabric of Kensington and Chelsea – a diverse and vibrant borough with a need and demand for more services and innovation for older people.

Prior to the pandemic, we introduced in partnership with the

NHS, My Care, My Way, which has continued to grow from strength to strength with over 40 health and social care prescribing coordinators working with over 7,000 patients to provide support to reduce hospital admissions and promote independence. Every NHS-registered GP practice in Kensington and Chelsea is now signed up to My Care, My Way.

More people are living longer lives and as an organisation, we need to be fit for the years to come and ready to deliver the services our older people tell us they need. We are developing innovative new offers such as our recent pilot to deliver an evidence-based long-term supportive intervention for people living with dementia and exploring how exciting developments in technology can best support people as they age. We are also concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis on our older people and how we can support them.

About the role.

It is an exciting time to join our Board as we are executing our current strategy and next year will be creating our next strategic plan. We appointed a number of new Trustees to the Board over the last number of years and we are now looking to grow our Board in terms of skill sets. We are looking for a mix of people, people who have been Trustees before and those who are new to the role.

In particular, we are looking to appoint:

  • A finance professional, we have appointed a new Finance Director, and we are looking for a new Trustee with finance expertise who can join our Treasurer on the Finance Committee. This person could come from a variety of sectors with experience in accountancy, financial strategy, audit and risk.
  • A professional with experience of working with older people and/or health or social care. It could be someone who has delivered services in the NHS, private or charitable sectors. We would welcome anyone with experience of dementia.
  • In addition to this, we are looking for a professional with expertise and/or an understanding of fundraising; this could be in philanthropy, development, major donors, and/or events.

We are open to other skill sets and experiences as we look to grow and develop our Board. In particular, we are keen to attract those with a background in HR/people management for our HR Committee.

We are committed to ensuring our Board Members have a connection and understanding of the Borough.

We are keen that our Board represents the diversity of our borough and we encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and experiences including LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities and people from global majority backgrounds.

We are a values-driven charity and older people are at the heart of everything we do in our community, so we are looking for someone who is committed and dedicated to supporting older people and is passionate about our Borough.

We would welcome our new Trustees throughout the year to attend our events and services for our older people, such as walking football or events such as our Valentine’s celebration which attracts over 400 older people.

Time commitment

The board meets 4 times a year in the evening for approximately three hours (twice online and twice in-person). We have 3 Board Sub-Committees, the Finance & Risk Committee, Quality, Performance & Development and HR, these meet 2 – 4 times each year for about 2 hours. Committee meetings are usually held online.

We hold an annual AGM and also meet annually for a board development/strategy review day and other ad hoc events throughout the year.

We expect the time commitment for our Trustees including reading board papers, attendance at events, ad hoc conversations with staff and Board Members to be up to a day a month on average.


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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

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Welcome from Bob Empson, Chair and Jess Millwood, CEO

Thank you so much for your interest in our charity and joining our board.

This is an exciting time for Age UK in Kensington and Chelsea (AUKC). For over 40 years, we have worked at the heart of the community to ensure that older people are really listened to and supported to stay independent for as long as possible.

We couldn’t do any of this without our brilliant and dedicated volunteers who we are indebted to for their help during the pandemic – they ensured our older people in our borough were cared for and supported during that time.

We need to increase our sustainability and innovation, so we have a new focus on fundraising and income diversification.

We’re in a strong financial position, but we are also operating in a wider context of uncertain financing and a rapidly changing economic and healthcare environment. If you are one of our new trustees, you’ll support us through the next stage of development, partnership-working and growth to support and work closely with other partner organisations in our borough and beyond.

We’re committed to partnership working and proud to work collaboratively in our community and with statutory organisations but most of all, older people are at the heart of everything we do and everything we want to do.

If you want to discuss the opportunity, or have any questions, we encourage you to contact our consultants at Peridot Partners.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Empson, Chair and Jess Millwood, CEO

Who we are

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is an independent, local charity working at the heart of the community to make sure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported. We provide a wide range of services including befriending, practical help, information and advice and a variety of social and leisure activities.

Our history

The charity was set up in 1973 as Age Concern Kensington and Chelsea and incorporated as a charitable company in 2000. With the needs of older people always at the forefront of the charity’s work, Age Concern K&C was strengthened by merging with Sixty Plus in April 2009, reflecting the changing nature of the charitable sector and the needs of older people over the years. With the national merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern, the charity became Age UK Kensington and Chelsea in 2010.

Our aims and values

At Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, we promote the wellbeing of older people through:

  • Providing services which support independence.
  • Learning from this experience to inform our understanding of older people’s needs.
  • Ensuring the voice of older people in Kensington and Chelsea is heard.
  • Working in close collaboration with other organisations to achieve these aims.

Our services

  • Information and advice
  • Befriending
  • Activities and events
  • Dementia and memory loss advice and support
  • Exercise and walking support
  • Practical support at home
  • Basic footcare service
  • Health and care navigation
  • Social prescribing link workers
  • The carers project

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

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

    Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 1st July 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Friday 5th July 2024
    Interviews: Friday 12th July 2024 (TBC)


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