Are you a visible, authentic and inclusive leader? Our vision is for everyone with a mental health issue to be in control of their own lives and get the support they need from people they trust. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our governance and strategic development and supporting and empowering our Senior Management Team, staff and volunteers.
We would like to hear from people who have a developed understanding of issues relating to mental health and wellbeing and are willing to devote the time required to fulfil their responsibilities as Chair of our Board of Trustees.
We are committed to being an anti-discriminatory organisation and positively welcome and encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems, diverse and marginalised groups If you are seeking to develop your experience and skills and give something back to the community in Darlington, parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire we would love to hear from you.
Role Summary• To lead and support the Board of Trustees to understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation - acting in the charity’s best interests, managing the charity’s resources responsibly and carrying out their responsibilities with reasonable care and skill.• To ensure that Darlington Mind pursues its charitable aims as defined in its governing document and complies with charity law, company law, and other relevant legislation/regulations.• To hold the Board and Senior Management Team to account against progress against the Charity’s mission, vision, and strategic plans.
To work in partnership with the Chief Executive, team members – employees and volunteers – and people with lived experience of mental health to live our values – resilience, equality and diversity, community, care, respect and collaboration and achieve the aims of the organisation.
• To work with the Board of Trustees to achieve well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision making.• To look proactively and broadly at political, economic, social and technological risks and opportunities, at emerging needs within our communities, and at the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion and use this knowledge to inform the strategic development of the organisation.• To act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.
• Our entry on the Charity Commission website• The Essential Trustee• The Nolan Principles
Please read our application pack in link below for more details and timescales.
To apply for this role, please send an email of no longer than 1000 words, outlining why you would like to be our Chair and demonstrating how you have the knowledge, skills and experience to match our role description, to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 7 October 2022.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and offered the chance to have a discussion with an experienced trustee about the role.
This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.
This is a voluntary position. Reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.
Average time commitment 5 hours per week.