Chair of Trustees - Writing East Midlands
Writing East Midlands (WEM) is the regional writer development agency funded by the Arts Council of England (ACE). It runs creative writing events and projects and develops opportunities for emerging and established writers. As an ACE National Portfolio Organisation, or NPO, the organisation’s goals include ensuring talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated; that more people experience and are inspired by the arts, and every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. To do this WEM works in partnership with a broad range of other cultural organisations including schools, universities, arts venues, museums, libraries, producers and local authorities to encourage relationships between writers and their communities.
Trustee - Central Asia Institute
Central Asia Institute (CAI) partners with impoverished, underserved communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan to promote education, especially for girls. CAI has two decades of experience and success working in these remote mountain regions, where there is no electricity, clean water, or telephones, and where access to education is insufficient or nonexistent. CAI’s mission is to empower local communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls, promote peace through education, and convey the importance of these activities globally. CAI-supported programs include school building, maintenance, equipment and supplies; scholarships; teacher training and salaries; public health; women’s literacy and vocational centers; and global outreach.
Treasurer & Trustees - Leuka
Leuka is committed to improving the survival of patients with blood cancers. It does this by funding world-class research at a range of centres and by awarding grants to scientists and clinicians working in this field. Leuka’s goal is to push back medical frontiers and to support new ideas and emerging scientists to be at the forefront of global research to find a cure for cancer. Its key messages are to champion the need for scientific investigation, providing opportunities to train the brightest and best ‘next generation’ scientists and doctors, and educating the wider public about the need for more research into leukaemia and related conditions. All this will therefore help improve survival rates of patients through supporting clinical trials, providing optimum care and by sharing best practice. The charity recently became a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
You can find out much more about the essential and pioneering work Leuka supports here
Trustees - Kent Union
Kent Union was set up in 1965, at the same time as the University of Kent. They 've grown a lot since then but the purpose of our organisation is the same; they exist to ensure all students of the University of Kent Have a Voice, Fulfil their Potential and Get the Most from University. They now run a very diverse range of services: Clubs and Societies; Advice Centre; shops, bar, cafe, nightclub, volunteering, student media, temping agency (Jobshop) and a children’s nursery.
They are a registered charity. Their purpose is to empower students at the University of Kent. All the money they make is reinvested in the services they provide to students of the University of Kent.
Kent Union are a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future. However, they are always striving to improve and better serve their members. A strong and active Board is crucial for them as they endeavour to build upon recent successes and continue to move forward.
Trustees - Care of Police Survivors (COPS)
Care of Police Survivors (COPS) is a charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. We aim to ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, and that they remain part of the police family as they rebuild their lives. COPS was founded in March 2003 by Jim McNulty and Christine Fulton MBE: Jim was a retired police officer from Strathclyde Police, and Christine is the widow of PC Lewis Fulton, who was murdered on duty in Glasgow in 1994.
COPS was founded on the premise that only another survivor can fully understand what new survivors endure. It offers a network of peer support to help the survivor at their time of need and providing reassurance that each survivor is not alone, and that there is somebody who genuinely understands their loss. That shared experience forms the basis for our peer support programme, whether an understanding listener or more practical help is required. Unfortunately, the police service does not have the resources to maintain support for families beyond the immediate aftermath of the death, and as on average a police officer loses his or her life on duty every month, COPS work is essential.
Group Board Chair - Avenues
Avenues is a group of charities that supports people who are living with disabilities, illness or injury to live the best life possible. We support people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues, acquired brain injury and dementia in supported living schemes, residential care homes and through outreach or homecare.
Avenues is looking for an individual with the necessary blend of skills and experience to become the next Group Board Chair. We are looking for someone who will provide committed leadership to the Board, its subsidiary companies and subsidiary chair’s and the Chief Executive. This person will act as the driving force to further develop Avenues vision and values.