Trustee Mental Health Specialist


Oakleaf Enterprise

Trustee role to advise the Board on issues of Mental Health policy, treatment and challenges. The applicant should have worked in mental health clinical treatment and/or mental health social care.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Oakleaf Enterprise is an independent charity working with individuals who face mental health challenges, providing a range of training & social inclusion activities across Guildford, Waverley, Surrey Heath & surrounding areas. We also work as a social enterprise delivering services which are commissioned by the general public & local businesses, thereby providing income, training & employment opportunities for our many clients
We are an inclusive organisation which aims to meet the mental health needs of any and all residents of Surrey. We recognise the value of a diverse Board and would welcome applications from people with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
To see the fantastic work we do, we would encourage you to watch the following video:
Although we know that mental health problems are common & increasing, they still remain stigmatised & many of our clients are marginalised due to their conditions. If you are passionate about helping people with mental health problems feel socially included, helping them to achieve a better quality of life & sense of purpose we want to hear from you!
Working closely with the CEO, the existing Trustees have worked hard to put Oakleaf Enterprise on a solid footing both in terms of governance & financial stability. The next phase of the charity’s development is to build on our already successful social enterprises & find innovate ways to increase revenues enabling us to continue to extend the valuable services already delivered to our clients.


To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document & complies with its policies, charity law, company law & any other relevant legislation or regulations.  


This role description includes a description of the general areas of responsibility & will be amended in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation in consultation with the post holder.  In addition to the general areas of responsibility this role requires experience in the area of Adult Mental Health policy and treatment.  The Trustee will have a specific responsibility to assist Oakleaf in ensuring its services are delivered in line with any statutory policy changes or medical treatment advances that are relevant to its existing or potentially new services. This Trustee will also advise on future mental health related challenges that the charity may face. 


Main duties & responsibilities for all Trustees 

  • To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects   

  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, & evaluating performance against agreed targets  

  • To safeguard the good name & values of the organisation.  

  • To ensure risks are managed & mitigated 

  • To ensure the effective & efficient administration of the organisation  

  • To ensure financial stability & the correct use of funds 

  • To protect & manage the property of the charity  

  • Attend & contribute to fundraising events as & when necessary. Act as an ambassador for the organisation at internal & external

In addition to statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions, including: 

  • Bringing impartiality & objectivity to decision-making  

  • Keep an overview of the organisation's affairs, providing support as appropriate  

  • Scrutinising board papers  

  • Leading discussions  

  • Focusing on key issues  

  • Providing guidance on new initiatives  

  • Ability to think creatively


General allowable “out of pocket” expenses 

Approximately 5-6 hours per month.  1 annual away day 

1 year minimum with 3 months’ notice period 


Contact  Lorraine Andrews, Chair of the Board 

Email:  [email protected] 

Supporting documents

  • Oakleaf-Trustee-Mental-Health-Specialist.pdf - Download
Closing date for applications

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