It’s going to be an exciting day for us today, with our first ever Parliamentary event this evening, hosted by Liz Kendal MP, with Norman Lamb MP and Nick Hurd MP dropping in as well to meet Shared Lives carers and the people they support.
Meanwhile, Shared Lives week seems like a good time to mention that we have a board vacancy for one of our co-opted Trustee places.
Our board of trustees includes four trustees nominated by our national committees, two Shared Lives carers and an equalities champion. Our Chair is Nancy Plowes who manages the Bradford Shared Lives scheme. We have two co-opted board members, one of whom is Richard Jones who works in senior leadership in the NHS and is a former ADASS President. The other position has become vacant following the end of a three year term of office of Stephen Burke, former CEO of the national charity, Counsel and Care.
Our board oversees the charity’s work, setting the strategic direction, supporting the CEO and senior managers, ensuring resources are well-used and occasionally acting as ambassadors. We are seeking a trustee who has experience of senior leadership, a deep understanding of the challenges facing our sector and who can help us build our networks and connections. The board meeting quarterly in Birmingham, one session including an overnight stay, and Trustees are expected to make at least two of the four meetings. Skills currently underrepresented on the board include experience of the private sector; experience of communications and media; and links to the corporate world and potential donors. We are also keen to increase the diversity of our board and would welcome applications from people from black and minority ethnic communities.