Unpaid role, expenses paid
Permanent, Part-time, Circa 2 away days and ten 2-hour meetings per year plus preparation time
Job description

Welcome and Congratulations. By getting as far as reading this you have already displayed great judgement- we like you already!

We are really excited about these 3 new Trustee roles. Access Social Care is only 2 years old but we have already built a strong and positive culture on our board. Our skilled Chairperson has been careful to create an environment where everyone’s views are valued. Trust is high. The CEO and the Executive team welcome the Board’s positive challenge.

As an organisation we are proud that we have taken great strides in ensuring that our organisational impact reaches underserved communities with experience of disadvantage. But over the last 6 months, we have taken a good look at ourselves, and we know that we need to do better to ensure that our Board reflects the communities that we serve.

We have made progress in the last year, exploring how we can be more inclusive within our organisation. We have worked on shared language and started to build an environment for people to hold tricky conversations about the things that matter. We have created new network groups, and agreed programmes of work to promote Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. We have increased training and awareness. We have successfully recruited more people of colour to our staff team, and we are soon to introduce two-way mentoring so that the Board and staff at all levels can learn from each other. As an organisation we are striving to be anti-racist.

At Access Social care, we aren’t interested in tokenism. We know that if we are to make the biggest difference for the people that need us the most, we need to get Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and anti-racism right. Part of this is recruiting greater diversity to our board.

Together we have agreed that the skills we are missing on our board relate to:

  • Experience of the social care system and experience of the diverse communities we serve
  • Data and technology
  • Policy and Strategic Communications 
  • Human Resources and People Culture

As a trustee you will be part of an organisation that is working to improve the lives of older and disabled people with social care needs. You will get to work with a passionate team, you will benefit from the support of your colleagues on the Board, and you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in areas you are interested in, including Governance, Finance and Strategy.

If this sounds like you, go on… go for it – apply to be a trustee with us!


Jan Tregelles (Chair and Founder)

Kari Gerstheimer (CEO and Founder


Trustee role description & job specification

Accountable to: Chairperson

Location: UK - board meetings are currently being held remotely.

Type: PT

Hours: Circa 2 away days and ten 2-hour meetings per year plus preparation time

Salary: Voluntary role, expenses paid.


Why Access Social Care Exists  

Everyday millions of older and disabled people are denied the social care they need.  Most local authorities can’t meet the growing demand for care, none are confident they can meet their legal duties in the future. This affects all of us, we will all need social care at some point.

We all have a right to hold public bodies to account. But most of us cannot afford lawyers so rely on legal aid. The 92% drop in legal aid cases since 2010 means we have nowhere to turn. Without access to justice, our rights do not exist. The rule of law is broken.

What we do

Access Social Care provides free legal advice and information for people with social care needs, helping achieve a better quality of life.   We work with communities to increase knowledge of the law and our rights. We highlight the gap left by cuts to Legal Aid and provide advice for those who can’t afford it.

With a 98% success rate, our network of lawyers and barristers ensure fair access to justice when things go wrong. We collaborate with social services whilst ensuring legal obligations are met. We are working towards a future where social care is adequately funded, and we all get the support we need.


ROLE DESCRIPTION - Trustee of Access Social Care

The duties of a trustee at Access Social Care are as follows.

  • Contributing towards and approving Access Social Care’s objectives and strategic plans.
  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated purpose and complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Contributing towards and approving Access Social Care’s financial plans and strategies, both short- and long-term, cash flow management plans and annual report and accounts, and to review its risk management strategy, including its responsibility for safeguarding issues.
  • Ensuring financial stability and ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects
  • Defining what the Board requires from the Executive to discharge its responsibilities, and to monitor and evaluate the Executive’s performance.
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Our Values

We are a values led organisation with a strong culture that we work hard to protect. Our values have been developed in consultation with our whole team and permeate our work life as an organisation from informing the way that we interact with each other, to driving the way that we make decisions: 

  • Trustworthy - Recognisied for excellence, we will be the best we can be in everything we do. We will be truthful, independant and outcome focused.
  • Fair - We believe in traeting people with kindness and compassion in a way that is right, reasonable, and just.
  • Fearless - We will do whats right, not whats easy. We will bravely challenge injustice.
  • Inclusive - Our beneficiaries' voices will be influence our thinking and decision making at all levels of our organisation. Collaborative in our thinking, we will work with others to achieve our goals.
  • Positive - We will be constructive and progressive in our challenge. We will optimistically and dynamically drive for change.

We are looking for Trustees who can work to these values and help keep us accountable to them.

Minimum time commitment

  • Trustees are expected to attend a range of induction sessions at Access Social Care prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings. Board meetings are held four times a year during normal office hours. These meetings last approximately two hours and are held via Teams/Zoom or if possible, in Central London.
  • One additional meeting each year is allotted to strategic planning and is a residential event held over two days. 
  • We are in the process of setting up committees and there are also ad-hoc events to attend.  
  • Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings.
  • Trustees can claim out of pocket expenses incurred in travelling to meetings.

Person specification

To be able to demonstrate skills in one of the areas below:

  • Experience of the social care system and experience of the diverse communities we serve
  • Data and technology
  • Policy and Strategic Communications 
  • Human Resources and People Culture

As well as being able to demonstrate:

  • A commitment and passion for the organisation’s mission
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • The ability to think imaginatively and strategically and contribute to effective decision-making.
  • Good, independent judgement, and a willingness to speak your mind.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Access Social Care
  • The ability to act as a credible advocate of Access Social Care with key stakeholders and the ability to support our work in building networks and effective partnerships.
  • Commitment to championing diversity and ensuring that the benefits of the law are available to the widest range of people.
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

To Apply

We hope that having read this far, you will want to apply!

To apply for a Trustee role, please provide the following documents :

  • An up-to-date CV.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form
  • A covering letter of no more than two pages, which addresses the following bullet points which bring together our values and key elements of the job:
    • Describe how you have personally collaborated with a group of people to deliver successful outcomes
    • Describe how you have inspired and supported others to thrive and excel
    • Describe how have you used insight and evidence to make decisions
    • Describe a time when you had to speak out for what was right
    • Describe how you think your specialist skills in data and tech/policy and strategic communications/ HR/ direct experience of the social care system and diverse communities could help Access Social Care

Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents. Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.

We are passionate about getting the right people on our board. People who are willing to challenge us and support us to be the best we can be as an organisation. If you don’t have governance experience (or even know what governance is!), then we can help you (and fund you) to develop this knowledge and expertise. To arrange an informal chat about the role, what we are looking for, and whether you should apply, please contact us.

Closing date is 10th June 2022.

Interviews: 1st interview will be held on the 17th June, 2nd interviews will be held on the 23rd June 2022.

Posted on: 20 May 2022
Closed date: 10 June 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Social Care/Development

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