Who we are
Lancashire Mind's vision is Mental Wellbeing for All
We're an independent charity, based in Chorley and working for the people of Lancashire. Our committed and energetic team of staff, trustees and volunteers are passionate about making a difference to the mental health of people living and working in Lancashire.
Job title: Lancashire Mind Trustees
Location: Chorley, other venues around Lancashire and virtual meetings via MS Teams or Zoom
Salary: voluntary role; out of pocket expenses may be claimed and investment in trustee development provided
Lancashire Mind continues to grow in reach and scope despite challenging circumstances for the sector. Our purpose is to achieve the best possible mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Lancashire, which is supported by our mission to Connect Minds, Change Minds, and Support Minds.
Our work enables people in Lancashire to value and take care of their mental health. Our dedicated team challenge misconceptions about mental health, develop resilience in people from an early age and work with communities and businesses to build a happier Lancashire.
Externally, Lancashire Mind is well positioned and well respected in the health, public and third sectors. We are viewed as thought leaders in the areas of mental wellbeing and mental health prevention, and we have been instrumental in shifting the county-wide understanding of mental health.
We seek 3 Trustees who share our values to strengthen our Board in areas of skills and experience that are highlighted in the attached Trustee Pack. These new board members will share an active role in overseeing the implementation of our new strategy.
If you’ d like to play a part in achieving Lancashire Mind’s strategic aims, have skills and talents beneficial to Lancashire Mind and can commit on average two days per month, we’re really interested in hearing from you.
We want Trustees who possess the following core skills:
· Knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibilities of a charity trustee
· A strong commitment to achieving the best possible mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Lancashire
· Commitment to promoting equality of opportunity, recognising the differing challenges faced by diverse groups
· Ability to think strategically and creatively and to challenge established views in an emotionally intelligent manner
· Excellent communication skills
· An understanding of (or a willingness to understand) the strategic, policy and political environments that affect and influence Lancashire Mind’s work
We are particularly interested in hearing from people with one or more of the following skills:
· A qualification in accountancy and a thorough understanding of financial governance
· Knowledge and experience of primary/secondary mental health care
· Significant experience of charity governance
· Experience of working in employment law/HR management
Lancashire Mind’s Board has three subcommittees which have delegated authority to oversee various elements of governance. These are the Finance & Audit, Sustainability & Growth and People & Governance committees.
We are looking to appoint a Chair for the People & Governance committee, who oversee key areas of HR including policy, Board and staff performance and development, and key areas of governance such as Safeguarding, Information Governance and Health & Safety. Candidates interested in applying to be Chair of the People and Governance Committee, should particularly highlight evidence of the last two competencies listed above.
However, we welcome applications from high performing and well-connected individuals who feel that they offer other pertinent skills and/or connections that are not listed above.
Lancashire Mind welcomes applicants who can bring a diversity of thinking to our work based on their personal characteristics and experience. In particular we are keen to ensure that people who are minoritized because of age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexuality are represented a Board level. We particularly welcome applications from individuals that have a lived experience of mental health conditions.
Appointed Trustees will serve a three-year term in office, with an opportunity at the end of that first term to stand for re-election for a second three-year term.
For more information about the role and how to apply (or if you would like to book a short phone call with our CEO) please email [email protected].
- LMTrusteePack2021.pdf - Download