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Chair of the Board 

This is an opportunity to join and lead our Board of Trustees as we stand shoulder to shoulder with care-experienced young people to support and empower them.

Location: Old Street, London

Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

Closing date: Monday 12 February 2024

Who we are

For 30 years, we have been helping children in care and young care leavers get the support they need.

We provide advice and support, influence policy and practice, enable education aspirations and train professionals, all while campaigning for change and making sure young people’s voices are heard.

We are particularly proud that in recent times we have grown our campaigning impact, improved our reach with young people and professionals, launched a nationally accredited pilot training programme, developed a new model of participation and co-created a new youth-focused website with an amazing group of young people.

With record numbers of children in care, the system under growing pressure, the rocketing cost of living and real economic uncertainty, our work feels more vital than ever.

We want to see a care system that provides all children and young people with the love, stability and support they need to recover from trauma and lead happy and healthy lives.

Unfortunately for too many young people, being in care instead compounds the instability and trauma they have already experienced. As a result, care-experienced young people do not have the same choices, chances and opportunities as other young people. This cannot continue and we, together with care-experienced young people are continuing to grow our movement to campaign for change.

We know we need to redouble our efforts to reach more children and young people and to work with them to ensure their voices are heard and that together we create change in the care system.

We will continue to be ambitious about rising to that challenge, optimistic that change is possible – and the voices and experiences of children in care and young care leavers will remain at the heart of everything we do.

Our strategy 2020-2025 is informed by decades of listening to children in care and to adults who were in care. We listen and learn in many ways: through talking to the children and young people we work with and the care-experienced people who advise us; through our Care Advice Service and other services and projects; through our research and through our participation network.

We want to ensure over the next few years that we are supporting young people directly through our innovative services which give young people a sense of community and identity as well as the tools, confidence and self-belief to overcome challenges and build the futures they want. Alongside this, we are tackling the structural and systemic issues holding young people back.

After several years of outstanding service by our previous Chair, we seek a new Chair to support us on this vital journey as we look to the future creating a new strategy to take us beyond 2025 whilst reviewing our brand.

We are looking for someone who will lead our diverse board who is open, strategic, and a strong communicator; 50% of our board is care-experienced, and it is vital our new Chair works with the board to ensure all voices are heard.

We are looking for someone who brings experience in ensuring robust governance and collective decision-making, who will support us in driving our organisation’s continued growth and development, and who has a passion for supporting and empowering care-experienced young people.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for our Chair to provide us with empowering, warm, inclusive leadership to help us navigate the challenges that we will seek to overcome as a growing, ambitious charity soon to embark on a new strategic review.

50% of our board members have lived experience of the care system, so this would be advantageous but is not essential. The most important thing is a respect and a desire to understand and learn about the experiences of care-experienced young people.

Time commitment

Our board meets quarterly, usually in person in central London on a Wednesday between 14.00-17.00. Our Funding & Finance Committee meets four times a year, usually virtually between 14.00-16.00. We have an annual strategy away day, and board members are encouraged to attend events throughout the year.

We expect the time commitment for the Chair to be c.3 days per month; this will be spread across various activities such as regular catch-ups with the executive team, ad hoc conversations with board members, preparation for board meetings, reading board papers and attending events.

Apply via Peridot

If you are inspired to learn more about this opportunity you can contact Jennifer Horan, our advising consultant for the Chair role at Peridot, and you can contact her via: [email protected]

Chair of the Board

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