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Trustees x 3 Elizabeth Casson Trust

Elizabeth Casson Trust seeks new Trustees to support the development of occupational therapists and the profession in the UK and internationally.

  • Location: Remote (with occasional travel for meetings and events)
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Monday 9th September

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 service users to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the Trust.

Our current strategy includes working in partnership across all organisations where occupational therapists have a presence. We provide support and development in the most accessible way and ensure equality and diversity from the Board through funding awards to our future focus.

As we continue to deliver our current strategic plan for 2020-2025, we are in the process of appointing a new Executive Officer. Our current EO is leaving after 8 years with the organisation. As we look to the future in anticipation of creating our next strategy and with trustees coming to the ends of their terms, we are looking to appoint three new trustees to our Board.

Who we are looking for.

We are looking to appoint three new trustees, including two occupational therapists and one lay trustee. To ensure our Board broadly represents the profession, we have a particular interest in recruiting OTs with experience in social care, learning disabilities, acute care, NHS/ICS and/or independent practice. For the third trustee, we are looking for an individual with finance experience and an understanding of investments. We are keen to ensure our Board is representative of the UK and interested in appointing people from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

We are committed to ensuring the diversity of our Board, so we expressly encourage applications from a wide range of applicants, including individuals who will approach discussions through a different lens and bring a range of life experiences. This includes the categories protected by UK law (age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation), as well as socio-economic background and ways of thinking. We welcome people who have never held Trustee roles to apply.

The Board meets four times a year, twice online and twice in person in London, including our Away Day and AGM. The time commitment is the equivalent of up to a day per month, which includes meeting preparation, representation at external events and, from time to time, participation in a Trust project. Our trustee with financial expertise will join our Finance and Governance Committee, which meets monthly for up to an hour online.


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

Ellen Norwood | ellen@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07944 354762

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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 with Constance Owens as its first principal.

The School relocated 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 its primary purpose: 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 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 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.

Read the strategic intentions 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 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.

2. 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 focused 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.

3. 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 considerate 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.

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

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


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For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Ellen Norwood | ellen@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07944 354762

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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

    Ellen Norwood | ellen@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07944 354762

    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 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.

    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 9th September 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Tuesday 24th September 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 2nd October 2024


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