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Application Deadline
01 August 2021

Interview Date
09 August 2021

Contract type
Volunteer

Hours
35 Hours

Location
London or Cardiff

Trustee

About the role

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

We’re looking for new trustees

Ready to help set Mind’s future direction? Our trustees make sure we’re fully focused on the biggest challenges to mental health – and right now we’re seeking up to three new trustees to join our Board from December 2021.

Who the trustees are:

Our trustees set our strategic direction and ensure we are having the greatest impact possible. They make sure that we don’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

Our Board is made up of 16 trustees. We need a diverse range of people and skills on our Board, but as a group, the trustees need to:

  • Think creatively

  • Set our overall strategy

  • Look in detail at our progress

  • Communicate clearly and sensitively as part of a group

  • Make decisions

  • Be committed to fighting for mental health

  • Be a Mind member

We have just launched a new strategy, and there has never been a more important time to join Mind.

This position will initially, in line with current and potentially future guidance, be based from home. Post lockdown this role will retain some flexibility but post holders will be expected to be in the office a minimum of two days thereafter (or more, depending on the arrangements of your team)

Equality & Diversity

Diversity is essential for the Board to be effective. We need a range of varied opinions and experiences to make sure we can have the most impact. We encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems, and from all professional and personal backgrounds. Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before. It’s your passion to fight for mental health that matters.

We welcome applications from everyone, but we have identified that our current Board has particular gaps:

  • People from a minoritised ethnic background (BAME)

  • People from Wales (preferably Welsh speakers)

  • People who have lived experience of poverty, and people who have supported others living in poverty

  • Young people and people who work in the youth sector

  • People with lived experience of mental health problems.

We value the power of diversity. We embrace the different perspectives that each of us bring. We are creating an inclusive working environment where everyone is appreciated for being authentic and bringing their whole selves to work regardless of race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.

We are committed to becoming truly anti-racist in everything we do and ensuring that all our employees are treated fairly and equitably at work and promoting equity in physical and mental health for all.

Our strategy has becoming an anti-racist organisation right at the centre of our work. For more information please visit click on the button below.

Our Strategy

More details and how to apply

To make sure that candidates have the skills and qualities required (as outlined in the role description), members of the Board Nominations and Development Committee will sift applications. Members of this committee might want to interview you (on the phone or on Zoom) during week beginning 16 August, at a convenient time.

Candidates who meet the requirements will be put forward for election. Since we have three positions available this year, if we have three or fewer eligible candidates, they will be elected unopposed. Otherwise, members will be able to vote for their preferred candidates from 27 September until 22 October.

The winners of the ballot will attend their first Board meeting in December 2021.

We want you to get the most out of your time as a trustee. We will give you:

  • Induction and training

  • Expenses to cover the cost of attending meetings

  • Opportunities to develop new skills

  • An annual appraisal so we can keep supporting you as you develop

  • An opportunity to make an impact in the way we fight for mental health

For more information and a full person specification, please check on the Job Description button below. To apply, please click on the Apply Now button on the top left of the screen.

If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, please contact our HR team [email protected] who will be happy to support you.

Job Description

A little more about Mind

Our goals:

  • Supporting people likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well
  • Empowering people who experience a mental health problem to make informed choices about how they live and recover
  • Ensuring people get the right services and support at the right time to help their recovery and enable them to live with their mental health problem
  • Opening the doors to people with experience of mental health problems participating fully in society
  • Gaining equality of treatment for people who experience both mental health and other forms of discrimination

Our values underpin everything we do. They are:

  • Open: We reach out to anyone who needs us.
  • Together: We're stronger in partnership.
  • Responsive: We listen, we act.
  • Independent: We speak out fearlessly.
  • Unstoppable: We never give up.

To get to know us a little better and more information on working at Mind, including our benefits,  please click the button below

Working for Mind

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