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Board of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Flexible – anywhere in Scotland
  • Closing 26th November 2021

  • Advertised from 5th November 2021


Our Organisation and Goals:

We are Scotland’s leading community eating disorder charity, providing peer support through Support Groups and one-to-one Befriending for those with eating disorders, and for parents, carers and families. Our services are volunteer-led, most of whom have lived experience of recovering from eating disorders.

We are seeing a rising need for the services we provide and with so much of a stretch on public services just now, the charity provides a vital source of help. We have been fortunate that we have been able to move our support groups online and continue to provide the help that is so much needed.

The service we provide:

Growing and developing our services is now a key focus so that we can support more people across Scotland in their recovery journey. Our plan to expand our services is led by our Development Manager with the support of our major funders, The Robertson Trust, National Lottery and Comic Relief and many other generous charitable trusts.

How you can help:

To help us deliver our vision and meet the needs of our communities in Scotland we are looking to bring new trustees onto the Board to help us grow our brand identity and awareness of the services we provide.

As a Board we work together as a close team, so we’re looking for trustees who enjoy working collaboratively towards a common goal and are happy to roll their sleeves up to get things done, alongside making a strategic contribution. Experience of helping to grow a small charity would be a great asset.

We’re looking for people who can think strategically and creatively to help us develop a sustainable funding plan with a differentiated proposition that’s clear on who we are trying to reach and the best way to do so. At the same time, you’ll also have the know-how to put this into practice and get things off the ground, and also measure our success.

We currently meet as a Board once every two months, typically on a Wednesday between 3-5pm. Given the stage we’re at with our growth plans, you’ll likely need to commit around 2-4 hours during the week.

To find out more about the legal duties of a trustee, click here OSCR | Guidance and good practice for Charity Trustees.

Trustee Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, guidance and assistance on all aspects of our charity, in particular developing the brand identity and reputation to help build and implement our vision.
  • Highlight the opportunities and the risks of of our business plan, in terms of our strategy in general, and development of the charity.
  • Support the evaluation of proposals put forward to the board by the Development Manager
  • Provide strategic oversight in input into the business plan and its implementation.
  • Contribute to the work of selected Working Groups within the charity, be that Digital, Marketing, Innovation or other.
  • Draw on your networks to support our work.

Your Qualities

  • Successful track record in management at a senior management / leadership level.
  • Demonstrable and practical experience of delivering transformational change to business, to deliver business benefit, cost savings and/or service improvements for customers.
  • Experience of current agile project management practices
  • Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to take collective responsibility for the governance of our charity.
  • Ability to work at a strategic and visionary level whilst understanding the detail and complexities of delivery, and the influencing skills needed to bring staff and stakeholders along with plans.
  • Strong communicator.
  • Ability to analyse risks and opportunities, and take a balanced approach to both.
  • Extensive networks, and a willingness to draw on contacts as appropriate

Time commitment and location

The Board meets at least six times a year. You will be a member of a sub-committee which will meet monthly.

Board meetings are held online, although the charity gets together face to face in Central Scotland at least once per year.

Application notes

Please send a brief email to Caroline (Chair) and Len (Vice-Chair) outlining how your experience could help SupportED by 26th November.

The next step would be a video call week commencing 29th November.