The Thalidomide Trust is a unique organisation supporting a small number of beneficiaries aged 54-60 with a range of physical disabilities including limb damage, hearing and visual impairment, brain and sensory impairment and damage to internal organs. They are a remarkable group of people, who have achieved a great deal despite often living with extreme levels of disability.
Our beneficiaries have very complex and varied needs which are increasing as they age. The trustees provide effective governance and oversight to ensure the Trust understands these needs and has well managed resources to meet them. This includes oversight of the research programme funded by the Trust to gather evidence of the impact of changing needs and develop effective and often innovative ways to provide support to meet them.
We are looking for an experienced research professional with a strategic approach and a strong research data focus to join the Charity as a Trustee* at this challenging and exciting time.
You will bring the following skills and experience to the role:
- Experience of operating at a senior level in a health or social science research environment
- Experience of designing, conducting and analysing research and ensuring that conclusions and recommendations rest on a robust evidence base.
- Integrity, empathy and the ability to contribute to effective decision making in the best interests of all beneficiaries of the Trust
You should also be willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort to the Trust – specifically be available to attend three full day board meetings and at least two half-day committee meetings each year.
This is a voluntary role but reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.
Find out more and apply
You can find out more about us by visiting the Thalidomide Trust website.
If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Katy Sagoe, Director of Health & Wellbeing on 01480 474074 and if you would like to discuss this opportunity with another Trustee please email us or call 01480 474 074 and we will make the necessary arrangements.
To apply, please complete the simple cover sheet and provide a short statement outlining why you would like to be a trustee and how you meet our person specification. These should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Monday 2 March 2020
Date for Interview: 10 March 2020 in Central London.
Date of next Research Committee; 25 March 2020
* Following a restructuring exercise in January 2018, your formal title will be a Director of the Thalidomide Trust Company. However you will operate as a charitable trustee and will be governed by the Charity Commission.