Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Charity registered in Scotland SC038979

Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, we're here to make sure they don't lose their freedom as well. Change a life. Join our team at Guide Dogs.

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Top job! Operations Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,464 – £45,492
  • Covering the Scotland region on a homestart, office-based arrangement. Based in either Forfar, Edinburgh, or Glasgow, the role will require travel across the region.
  • Closing 18th July 2021

This role will manage a team of Children and Young people Habilitation Specialists working across Scotland, therefore experience of working with children and young people aged 0-25 years or a strong desire to work with children is important in this role.

The Skills, Information & Support Services (SISS) Operations Manager helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose by leading and managing a cross functional operations team of staff and volunteers working with children and young people and their families to provide the consistent delivery of person-centred services in accordance with their needs. This will include supporting the development and training of Trainees and inducting new starters to the team.

The successful person will need to demonstrate an understanding of the Scottish context of health, social care, statutory and 3rd sectors organisations relevant to Children’s services and associated legislation, policy, and practice.

This position will be covering the Scotland region on a homestart, office-based arrangement. Based in either Forfar, Edinburgh, or Glasgow, the role will require travel across the region.

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

  • Proven experience of planning and delivering person-centred services to meet the needs of adults, children and young people with sight loss and their families.
  • Extensive experience and proven ability to work safely with adults, children and young people with developed understanding of both child protection issues and the issues affecting all vulnerable groups.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of managing a complex operations environment where exceptional, customer-focused service delivery is achieved.
  • Experience of handling safeguarding concerns within a service delivery setting.

Desirable

  • Experience of professional supervision of staff working with children with complex needs.
  • Experience with current/innovative business communication or cloud sharing devices such as: Zoom, SharePoint, Prezi etc.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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Policy and Campaigns Manager – Scotland

  • Full time
  • £28,988 – £32,000
  • Mix of office and home based working (office locations in Edinburgh, Forfar and Hamilton)
  • Closing 27th September 2021

The Policy and Campaigns Manager helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by leading the development of policy and campaigns in Scotland to support Guide Dogs strategic aims, working in collaboration with the central policy, public affairs and campaigns team and the country leadership team. This role will develop and foster strategic partnerships to further the aims of Guide Dogs in the country including relations with devolved government, local societies, local authorities and other relevant organisations. This role will lead Guide Dogs' campaigns at a regional level and increase the involvement of blind and partially sighted people in campaigning. From time to time the post-holder will be required to work on projects impacting a different country; for example Northern Ireland.

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.

This role can be based from Forfar, Edinburgh or Hamilton with travel required across Scotland. We recognise that the world looks a little bit different since the pandemic. Therefore, we’re committed to enabling our staff to work where best suits the needs of the individual, their team and the organisation. For this role, there will be opportunities to work from home as well as the office. We want our staff to flourish and work in environments which maximises their potential and best serves our stakeholders.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

• Experience of working in a policy role with responsibility for liaison, internal and external networking, project leadership and reporting.

• Experience of networking with and influencing opinion formers including politicians, civil servants and professional groups.

• Experience of campaigning to secure change in policy and practice and working with groups of campaigners.

• Knowledge of local government and devolved administration.

• Knowledge of political framework and environment in UK, campaigning techniques and advocacy-based campaigning.

• Knowledge of Equality Legislation.

Desirable

• Relevant professional or research-based qualification and / or experience.

• Experience of working in the third sector.

• Volunteer management.

• Knowledge of visual impairment issues.

• Knowledge of empowerment and person-centred approach.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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SISS Operations Manager - Children's Services

  • Full time
  • £37,464
  • Based in either Forfar, Edinburgh, or Glasgow, the role will require travel across the region.
  • Closing 20th January 2022

This role will manage a team of Children and Young people Habilitation Specialists working across Scotland, therefore experience of working with children and young people aged 0-25 years or a strong desire to work with children is important in this role.

The Skills, Information & Support Services (SISS) Operations Manager helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose by leading and managing a cross functional operations team of staff and volunteers working with children and young people and their families to provide the consistent delivery of person-centred services in accordance with their needs. This will include supporting the development and training of Trainees and inducting new starters to the team.

The successful person will need to demonstrate an understanding of the Scottish context of health, social care, statutory and 3rd sectors organisations relevant to Children’s services and associated legislation, policy, and practice.

This position will be covering the Scotland region on a homestart, office based arrangement. Based in either Forfar, Edinburgh, or Glasgow, the role will require travel across the region.

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. As a charity, we’re always keen to support flexible working as best we can. We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

  • Proven experience of planning and delivering person-centred services to meet the needs of adults, children and young people with sight loss and their families.
  • Extensive experience and proven ability to work safely with adults, children and young people with developed understanding of both child protection issues and the issues affecting all vulnerable groups.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of managing a complex operations environment where exceptional, customer-focused service delivery is achieved.
  • Experience of handling safeguarding concerns within a service delivery setting.

Desirable

  • Experience of professional supervision of staff working with children with complex needs.
  • Experience with current/innovative business communication or cloud sharing devices such as: Zoom, SharePoint, Prezi etc.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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Trainee Orientation & Mobility Specialist

  • Part time
  • £22,000 – £26,000 pro-rata
  • Scotland
  • Closing 23rd January 2022

Please Note: We are holding an information session for anybody interested in applying for the role to find out about the role of a rehab worker and the university program on Thursday 13th January from 6 - 7.30 pm. We will have recently qualified rehab workers and our team manager on to answer any questions or queries you might have. To join this session please email james.copeland@guidedogs.org.uk who can provide a link for you.

We currently have several Trainee Orientation and Mobility Specialist vacancies advertised. Please only submit one application; this should be to your preferred location. If invited to interview, you will be given the opportunity to express interest in other locations.

As this role requires an Enhanced Disclosure check job offers will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory check.

As a Trainee Orientation and Mobility Specialist you will contribute, as a full-time member of staff, to the services delivered by the Scotland Team whilst successfully completing all elements of the 2-year Apprenticeship Training programme in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment). We are keen to hear from candidates living in the central belt area.

The content of the apprenticeship will be covered through a mix of on the job, and off the job training.

On the job training will be provided by Guide Dogs as part of the job role of Trainee Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Off the job training will be delivered by Birmingham City University (BCU) key details of which are below.

Birmingham City University Course key dates

Application deadline date (if successful, applications must be made to BCU by this date): 21st March 2022

BCU Assessment dates: week beginning 4th April 2022 at BCU

Course dates: BCU Starting in September 2022, 2-year course.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to, and be accepted by, Birmingham City University for the Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) – FdSc course. The applications need to be submitted after a job offer has been made and accepted, and before to increase chance of gaining a place on the course. Places on the University course are limited for the September 2022 start date, and offers will be made on a first come, first served basis. Positions are not held back for Guide Dogs employees.

More information on the course can be found here; bcu.ac.uk/courses/rehabilitation-work-visual-impairment-fdsc-2021-22

Note – Guide Dogs will pay the tuition fees as part of the position of Trainee Orientation and Mobility Specialist.

Please refer to the recruitment pack below for more information on the Apprenticeship and University course.

We cannot provide sponsorship for the role.

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Orientation and Mobility Specialist (Scotland)

  • Full time
  • £33,129 – £37,270
  • Scotland
  • Closing 13th February 2022

The Orientation and Mobility Specialist helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by delivering orientation and mobility services which support Guide Dogs strategic objectives and promote independence and choice to people who are blind and partially sighted. Through personalisation, the OMSp will provide specialist holistic assessment of customer needs that will improve their wellbeing.

This role is 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

· Qualification as either a Mobility Instructor or Rehabilitation Worker e.g. Dip HE Rehabilitation Studies or equivalent.

· Evidence of continued professional development to maintain current knowledge and experience within the field.

· Experience of working with people who are blind and partially sighted.

· Ability to liaise effectively with other professionals / agencies. Assessment and planning skills.

· Excellent problem solver.

· Proven skills and approaches to work with people who have additional needs.

· Good organisation and report writing skills and a commitment to Health & Safety at work.

Desirable

· Qualified teacher of visual impairment with a recognised mobility qualification.

· Training in person-centred approach.

· Has experience of working with people with complex needs. Has experience of working with volunteers.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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Puppy Development Advisor

  • Full time
  • £28,988
  • Scotland
  • Closing 15th February 2022

The Puppy Development Advisor helps people with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing training and ongoing support to volunteers responsible for the caring and raising of Guide Dogs puppies in line with positive reinforcement techniques and delivering the Guide Dogs Puppy Raising for Excellent Partnerships (PREP) programme. This role supports the Scotland region which includes the Central Belt to the East Coast.

Our core hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. A flexible approach with a willingness to work outside of core hours and away from home will be required.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

  • Practical, hands-on experience within the field of canine behaviour modification, positive reinforcement or dog training as a practitioner.
  • Experience of coaching and training individuals and groups of people in practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
  • Experience of using a database to manage & maintain accurate records
  • Experience of effective planning, prioritising and organising workload.

Desirable

  • Degree in an animal related subject, ideally animal behaviour, training and/or welfare/wellbeing.
  • Accredited/documented learning in animal welfare, wellbeing or behaviour.
  • Accredited/documented learning in any the following areas: people management, volunteer management, human behaviour change, teaching and/or mentoring.
  • Experience of managing a team of staff or volunteers.
  • Experience of delivering puppy classes/or working with puppies under a year old.
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Academy Guide Dog Mobility Specialist

  • Full time
  • £22,000 – £26,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th June 2022

As an Academy Guide Dog Mobility Specialist (A-GDMS), you will be responsible for learning to deliver partnership training in line with Guide Dog Standards, as well as carry out assessments for matching dogs and service users, design and implement individual training plans and work closely with service users to develop their guide dog partnership skills. You will be key in ensuring service users become confident and skilled in their guide dog partnership.

Once you have completed the learning and development programme, you will join your local team. This is not your normal 9 to 5 role, and no two days are the same, for example one day you may be in planning meetings, another day walking in the wind and rain training dogs, or you could be working with a service user working through challenges.

As an Academy Guide Dog Mobility Specialist, you will earn from £22,000 (with all training costs covered in full by the organisation). Throughout your training, you will receive competency-based gradual increments up to £26,000. When qualified (usually within 3 years of starting training), your starting salary will be from £33,129.

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Community Fundraising Relationship Manager

  • Full time
  • £28,988
  • Homebased Scotland
  • Closing 22nd August 2022

The Community Fundraising Relationship Manager helps those with sight loss to live the life they choose through the effective implementation of the Community Fundraising strategy to grow Community Fundraising income within their designated region. To achieve this, this role is responsible for increasing the supporter base using a diverse range of fundraising propositions. This includes proactively developing existing groups, establishing new groups, recruiting key management volunteers, 3rd party donors, organisations and companies whilst maximising the lifetime value of each supporter.

Our core hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year. A flexible approach with a willingness to work outside of core hours is required.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

Candidate requirements

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include;

Essential

• Previous experience of professional fundraising or equivalent (e.g., marketing, sales, business development).

• Demonstrable experience of working to and achieving financial targets and deadlines.

• Proven experience of increasing income through identifying and delivering new fundraising development opportunities.

• Demonstrable experience in applying for and securing new business opportunities.

• Proven experience of managing complex account and product portfolios.

• Demonstrable experience of managing and developing fundraising groups and volunteers.

• Previous exposure to working with local media.

• Demonstrable experience of managing volunteer-driven fundraising.

Desirable

• Relevant professional qualification and/or willingness to work towards the Institute of Fundraising Certificate in Fundraising.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

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Volunteering Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £20,599 – £23,173 pro-rata
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 30th October 2022

The Volunteering Coordinators play a vital role in our regional teams by attracting and onboarding sufficient volunteers to support and grow our services and income.

The successful candidate will support their local teams in either Glasgow or Hamilton, to deliver a positive volunteering experience and to attract and retain experienced volunteers.

This is a Hybrid role with the number of days spent working in either the Glasgow or Hamilton offices being negotiable.

We can offer a flexible approach to the working hours, we require someone who can work a minimum of 14 hours a week, up to a maximum of 21 hours per week.

The hours can be spread over the working week after agreement by the manager

We offer full time employees 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year which would be prorated to the number of hours worked.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

Diversity

Guide Dogs welcomes applications from all sections of the community and actively encourages diversity to maximise achievements, creativity, and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. We encourage applications from people with disabilities as they are currently under-represented in the organisation and guarantee an invitation to interview for all applicants with disabilities who demonstrate, within their application form, sufficient evidence to meet the essential criteria for the job.

Safeguarding

Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people, and adults at risk of harm with whom we work. We expect all our employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Candidate profile

To be able to fulfil this role, the skills and experience we are looking for in a potential candidate include:

Essential

• Educated to GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English or equivalent qualification.

• Experience of Managing and supporting volunteers.

• Experience of implementing new working practices within a team.

• Proven experience of supporting and advising others on policies and procedures.

• Demonstrable and up to date knowledge of good practice in equality, diversity, and inclusion. Demonstrable and up to date knowledge of GDPR and use of Customer Relationship Management systems.

• Proven ability to plan and implement projects and programmes of work.

• Demonstrable ability to problem solve and advise with complaints.

• Computer literate with an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.

Desirable

• Relevant qualification in volunteer management or equivalent.

• Personal experience of volunteering. • Demonstrable negotiating and influencing skills.

• Proven experience of working in a large or geographically dispersed organisation.

For the complete list of essential and desirable criteria necessary to be successful in this role please see the Person Specification within the Job Description below. The candidate pack contains more information about this role & the recruitment process at Guide Dogs.

If you are successful you will need to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. We cannot provide sponsorship for this role.

Contract type: Fixed Term/Secondment

Contract duration: 9 months

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Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Full time
  • £33,129 – £37,269
  • Home based Scotland
  • Closing 6th November 2022

The Vision Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) are professionals who are trained to support visually impaired adults, enabling, and empowering them to live the life they choose. They support individuals to develop and maintain the independence and confidence they need to progress in the home, at work, socially and help them to adjust to new situations.

Through personalisation, the VRS work directly with individuals to holistically assess their needs and develop and deliver a bespoke programme of training in skills, wellbeing and coping strategies to empower people to live independently.

This role is Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week, with 26 days paid holiday (excluding bank holidays) a year.

The starting salary for this role is £33,129 with potential salary progression through key learning stages. We have two roles available, one located in or around the Glasgow area and the other supporting Dundee/Perth/Fife/Angus area.

We offer a generous pension scheme, life assurance and enhanced pay for parenting and sickness leave. In addition, we provide an Employee Assistance Programme, flexible benefits package and discounts and cashback scheme to care for our people.

More details about this role, the Organisation and the recruitment process can be found in the attached candidate pack and job description.

We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date.

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Trustee and Non-Trustee governance positions

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • London / Reading
  • Closing 30th November 2022

Guide Dogs are currently looking to appoint Trustee and Non-Trustee governance positions.

The positions available are;

Trustees:

  • Finance Trustee with an accounting background
  • Finance Trustee with an investment background
  • I.S. Trustee
  • Fundraising Trustee

Non-Trustee:

  • Safeguarding expert to be an independent member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Non-Executive Director to sit on the Trading Board

Candidate profile

The recruitment of these positions is being supported by our external recruitment partners; Nurole and Inclusive Boards.

Nurole

  • Finance Trustee with an accounting background
  • Finance Trustee with an investment background
  • Non-Executive Director to sit on the Trading Board

Inclusive Boards

  • I.S. Trustee
  • Fundraising Trustee
  • Safeguarding expert
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