1. Back Up Trust

Chair of Trustees


Back Up is seeking to recruit a new Chair of Trustees to support the work of our board and this charity as we look ahead to the future. It is an exciting time to join us.

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​About Back Up

Back Up is a national charity that inspires people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life. We offer wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, life skills and activity courses, support returning to work or education, as well as support to family members of people with spinal cord injury. More information can be found out at www.backuptrust.org.uk

What does the role involve?

As Back Up’s Chair of Trustees, you’ll play a vital role in keeping the charity on track and accountable to the people we support. You’ll chair quarterly board meetings where you’ll review the charity’s performance and make recommendations to ensure we meet our business objectives. You will work closely with our Chief Executive to shape our strategy on fundraising, finance, services, governance, and other areas of work. All our trustees are incredibly passionate about Back Up and work closely with our staff team to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by spinal cord injury.

What support and training will I receive?

You will receive a full induction to help you in the role at Back Up. In addition, where there is a training need, a range of training courses are on offer. You’ll need to commit time and energy to attend these, building up your knowledge so that you feel confident in the role.


The Chair of Trustees is a voluntary role, therefore unpaid, but expenses including for travel are reimbursed.

Who should apply?

We’re happy to receive applications from everyone with the relevant passion and experience especially people affected by spinal cord injury. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have previous experience of chairing an effective charity board.

How do I apply?

Our deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 7 January 2024. Please send your CV along with an accompanying letter explaining your reasons for applying to our Chair of Renumeration and Nominations, Rebecca Stevenson at recruitment@backuptrust.org.uk. A detailed trustee recruitment pack and person specification can be viewed on our website at https://www.backuptrust.org.uk/vacancies/chair-of-trustees. We highly recommend going through the recruitment pack thoroughly before you start your application.

Supporting document(s)

  • back-up-chair-recruitment-pack--2023-v3.pdf - Download
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