1. Parent-Infant Foundation

Chair of Trustees


We are looking for our new Chair to help us in the next stage of development – growing the number of specialised parent-infant relationship teams across the UK from 45 to 450 and unleashing the transformational power of their work.

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Who we are

We were set up in 2012 to support the development of innovative specialised parent-infant relationship teams to provide mental health support for parents and babies with challenged early relationships. By convening the First 1001 days movement, we make sure the importance of parent-infant relationships on babies’ brain development and their future mental and physical health is incorporated into policy.

The role

Main responsibilities

Strategy and Governance

  • Ensuring that the Board operates effectively in the consideration, iteration and approval of the strategy proposed by the CEO and Senior Leadership team in support of the Foundation’s vision
  • Ensuring, with Trustees, that the Foundation Trust operates efficiently and effectively to fulfil its objectives
  • Ensuring high standards of governance and risk management Ensuring that the Board is as diverse as possible and provides the range of knowledge, skills and experience necessary to deliver the Foundation’s aims including regular appraisal and review of the Board and its Trustees.
  • Ensuring the organisation is accountable and transparent in its activities Ensuring compliance with relevant charitable and company legislation

Lead Board Meetings

  • Lead all on all aspects of meeting management including: encouraging discussion at Board meetings, summarising key points and ensuring decisions are made and implemented

Guidance and support to the CEO

  • Appointment and appraisal of the CEO
  • Regular formal and informal 1-2-1 meetings with the CEO
  • Work in partnership with the CEO to support them achieve the aims of the Foundation Support and guidance on operations, including personnel management as appropriate


  • Ensuring, with the Board, sound financial oversight including review and approval of the annual budget
  • Oversight of high standards of financial management


  • Using personal and professional networks to help the executive with access/ insights to relevant stakeholders and supporters including government, civil society, funders and other partners
  • Advice and assistance in raising and maintaining the Foundation’s profile in the UK

Specific experience required

  • The willingness and capability to devote the time needed to fulfil the role
  • Non-executive and/or executive leadership experience at Board level either in the private or Not for Profit sectors
  • Experience of chairing boards, or multidisciplinary groups
  • Ability to think strategically, provide constructive challenge and build cohesion
  • Requisite financial acumen
  • Bi-partisan ability to represent the Board of Trustees appropriately and effectively across a wide range of stakeholders

Expectations of all Trustees

  • Act in the Foundation’s best interests, ensuring the charity complies with its governance responsibilities, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and ensure the effective management of resources and of risk;
  • Bring personal experience and professional expertise to the Board; contribute to key strategic debates within the organisation; and help to strengthen Board governance; to, challenge and have Board-level strategic oversight of the Foundation’s work across the UK;
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic insight into the Foundation’s development, research and influencing activities;
  • Ensure that all the Foundation’s work is informed by the needs of babies, families and the professionals who work with them.

Supporting document(s)

  • pif-chair-of-trustees-pack-final.pdf - Download
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