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Trustees x3 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: Meetings will be held in a hybrid model with 2-3 virtual and 1-2 in person a year
  • Salary: Voluntary (Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid)
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 19th September 2022

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. We also commission specific projects through our innovation awards, to respond to current and emerging needs. In addition, we host a successful mentoring programme for occupational therapists, a personal leadership programme, and a Focus on Fairness Observatory. We stay connected to our profession, professionals and people who use our services to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the Trust. More information about our support can be found here.

As we continue to deliver our current strategic plan 2020-2025, we are looking for people to join our Board who are committed and passionate about our work, and the important role occupational therapy has in health and wellbeing. 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.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking three new Trustees, in particular two who are Occupational Therapists. To ensure our Board broadly represents the profession, we have a particular interest in recruiting OTs who have experience in community settings, a strong understanding of commissioning, or experience in Public Health. Although, we welcome interest from any OT who is committed to our values and purpose. For the third Trustee, we are looking for an individual with commercial experience and an understanding of investments. This person does not have to be an Occupational Therapist or have an understanding of the sector.

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, and the time commitment is half to one day per month, to include meeting preparation, representation at external events and participation in a Trust project. As a Board, we plan to meet in a hybrid way, with 2-3 board meetings a year virtually, and 1-2 in person. Although Oxford is our registered address, we do not have an office and are a virtual organisation and we plan our face-to-face meetings in different locations in the UK which are convenient for Trustees.

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 070 497

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078 220


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About the Organisation

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 Oxford 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.

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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 070 497

    Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 078 220

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    Closing date for applications:  9 a.m. Monday 19th September 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 23rd September 2022

    Interviews: Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th September 2022


    Board dates 2023: 

    • 18th January – away day
    • 19th April, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 19th July, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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