Who we are
St John Ambulance Cymru (SJAC) has supported people and communities across Wales since 1880. We existed before the National Health Service and provided the earliest ‘medical’ support to those who were sick or injured.
Now, in 2021, SJAC continues to perform a major role in strengthening community resilience, ensuring people are trained in first aid and able to fulfil key front-line roles to support our vulnerable people, in addition to offering the opportunity for people from all backgrounds to develop their personal skills and confidence to support our charitable and commercial services whilst assisting their own career development. As a Charity, we partner with the Welsh NHS Health Boards and the Ambulance Services NHS Trust, providing Non-emergency Patient Transport Services (NEPTS) in addition to a falls service as well as maintaining our reputation as being the leading organisation to deliver first aid training to both commercial businesses and local-based communities including schools throughout Wales.
We also provide additional support to the people of Wales through:
• Medical duties at events
• Community based divisions
• Falls Assistant programme
• Caring Caller programme
• Community First Responders (CFR)
Since March 2020, SJAC has worked in an even closer partnership with WAST and NHS than ever, as we have increased capacity and developed new innovative ways of working to assist and relieve the overwhelming pressure brought by COVID-19.
St John Ambulance Cymru is currently undergoing an extensive and exciting programme of modernisation, forward thinking, encompassing a review of its existing service, financial and workforce model, developing a rejuvenated culture aligned to our core vision and values to improve the staff and volunteer experience and our offer to the people of Wales.
This is a voluntary role at one of Wales’ most cherished charities, where we are looking for someone interested in applying their skills and expertise to support the work of our People Committee as an external independent member.
In doing so, you will provide an additional layer of independent scrutiny to our work, the need for integrity, strong personal and professional values, and experience of leadership .
MIGHT THIS BE YOU?
Whilst you will have experience and a level of expert knowledge to provide advice in supporting and facilitating the delivery of the OD & workforce strategy, you will also have a keen eye for detail and the ability to provide constructive challenge and ask difficult questions. Additionally, you will be at ease when generating ideas, igniting debate, adopting a collaborative approach to ensuring evidence based best practice is reflected in SJAC’s work programme.
The role provides a clear opportunity for you to gain exposure to a large and complex organisation and to develop your skills and experience working alongside members of our Board and Senior Leadership Team.
SUPPORT & DEVELOPMENT
As a member of the People Committee, you will receive an induction, and the opportunity to attend wider SJAC events and occasional strategy meetings with Board members and the Senior Leadership Team. In addition, you will connect with our Director of People & Organisational Development to mutually share best practice, horizon scan, to further test and develop your thinking to break through barriers and achieve excellence.
The Committee meets four times a year, typically running no longer than three hours, made up of five Board Trustees who provide strong levels of support and who also apply an appropriate level of scrutiny to ensure delivery of the HR & OD programme. These meetings are currently held remotely via Microsoft Teams although will eventually return to a blend of face-to-face and digital, much depending on the pandemic and also people’s availability to travel.