Who we are
The Parent-Infant Foundation exists to support the development, growth, quality, and sustainability of specialised parent-infant relationship teams across the UK. Our vision is that all babies have a sensitive, nurturing relationship to lay the foundation for lifelong mental and physical health. We collaborate widely to reduce inequalities in the provision of mental health services, through direct development support in local areas and national policy and campaigning work.
Salary: Voluntary position with reasonable expenses being provided for travel and childcare
Location: Home-based/remote working, with a proportion of board meetings taking place in London
Time commitment: We hope the postholder will commit an average of one day a month. Board meetings take place six times a year
Term of office: February 2022 – February 2025 (3-year term)
The Parent-Infant Foundation is seeking a clinician with a qualification in clinical or counselling psychology, child psychotherapy, adult psychotherapy, family therapy, or equivalent to join our Board of Trustees and take up the role of Vice-Chair. We are also especially interested to hear from candidates who specialise in infant mental health or have post qualification training related to the parent-infant relationship.
The Parent-Infant Foundation is the a national UK based charity proactively supporting the growth and quality of specialised parent-infant relationship teams across the UK. We bridge the gap between frontline delivery, local commissioning, and national decision-making when it comes to parent-infant relationships for families with the most complex and persistent difficulties.
We bring the infant mental health sector together with collaborative leadership, providing a much-needed national voice, and catalysing a united force to campaign for policy change.
You will be joining our Board at an exciting time in the charity’s development. We launched our new strategy in October 2019 alongside a new brand and name and over the last 24 month we have grown significantly in scope, reputation and influence.
The Vice Chair of the Board role will support, and when necessary, deputise for the Chair of Trustees, and provide leadership to the Foundation, through its Board and wider governance. You can find out more about our staff team and current trustees here.
With the Chair of Trustees
- Deputising for the Chair by the exercise of the powers, duties and authority of the Chair in their absence
- Acting as a sounding board and confidante to the Chair in the execution of their role
With fellow Trustees
- Working with the Board in the review of the performance of the Chair, in line with the Board’s effectiveness review process
- Being available to Trustees and Chief Executive for advice and support in any instances where they would prefer not to consult with the Chair directly
- In particular, the Vice Chair should be the first point of contact in the event that the Chief Executive wishes to raise any concerns about the performance or behaviour of the Chair, in relation to their immediate working relationship or more widely.
- Chairing any appointment panel for recruiting a new Chair
With our Chief Executive
- Meeting periodically with the Chair and the Chief Executive and with the Chief Executive alone
- Working with the Chair to appraise the Chief Executive annually
With staff colleagues
- Being a member of the Board’s Clinical Sub-Committee, and using this function to feed into the wider Board and ensure clinical quality and safety within the organisation
- Supporting senior staff with specialist clinical knowledge and insight
Beyond the Parent Infant Foundation
- Representing the Parent Infant Foundation to external stakeholders, in particular to our clinical and professional community
These are in addition to the role and responsibilities of all trustees, which are to…
1. Accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.
2. Ensure that the Foundation complies with its governing document, charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law
3. Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity
4. Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets
5. Ensure that the Foundation is and will remain solvent
6. Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity's objects
7. Avoid undertaking activities that might place the Foundation’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk
8. Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use
9. Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient
Please visit our website for details of how to apply. Expressions of Interest are welcome by 10th January 2022.
Interviews to take place in week commencing 24th January 2022.
Candidates will be short-listed by our Chair and two other trustees.
We very much see recruitment as a two-way conversation. Short-listed candidates will be able to speak to our outgoing Vice-chair, and our Chair and Chief Executive. There may also be an opportunity to observe a board meeting.
Interviews will take place with our chair and two other trustees. Appointment will be made by the whole board following references.
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