Elizabeth Casson Trust seeks new Trustees to support the development of occupational therapists and the profession in the UK and internationally.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The strategic intentions can be read in more detail here.
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 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:
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to email@example.com inserting “Elizabeth Casson Trust – Trustees” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners
Jennifer Horan | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07519 070 497
Erica Ritchie | email@example.com | 07951 078 220
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.
Applicants with an accessibility requirement are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
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:
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