Canine Partners have extraordinary voluntary Trustee opportunities to make a positive and sustained difference, not only to the lives of adults with disabilities, but also to their families and communities. If you have the skills to contribute to our Trustee Board, we would love to hear from you.
Canine Partners train assistance dogs to transform the lives of adults with physical disabilities and their wider community of family, friends and colleagues. Our values are excellence, respect, passion, teamwork, innovation and ‘the personal touch’. The charity has two training hubs, in West Sussex and Leicestershire, and a national network of staff and volunteers, supporting and developing our dogs from birth through to partnership then retirement (and beyond) with their welfare and care prioritised throughout.
Our teams work with adults with a wide range of complex physical disabilities as they are partnered with dogs and benefit from the deeply rewarding bonds that are formed. The Canine Partners team of over 100 staff includes occupational therapists, highly skilled dog trainers, experts in dog breeding, veterinary professionals, and skilled support teams working alongside around a thousand volunteers who help at every stage of the journey to creating life-changing partnerships between dogs and people.
The Canine Partners Board is diversely talented, highly engaged and united in its purpose. It works closely with the Chief Executive and senior management team to ensure Canine Partners effectively delivers its mission and is governed to the highest standards.
We are seeking to attract new Trustees who will use their skills, experience and expertise to make a real difference to our well-respected and growing charity. You will possess strategic vision, organisational acumen and a passion to support adults with disabilities and their network. You will gain lasting relationships, insight into a complex and dynamic organisation, experience of non-executive leadership and the rewards of contribution. We will provide opportunities for you to learn new skills and grow your expertise as we develop and deliver our new five-year strategy.
If you find yourself inspired by our work, and believe you have the skills, experiences and attributes to help shape our future, we would love to hear from you.
We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience or knowledge of:
• Strategy and risk management
• IT and data management
• Working with adults with disabilities
• High value giving/philanthropy
We encourage applications from all sections of society and locations and are keen to ensure continued diversity brings constructive challenge and adds to the governance and work, of the charity.
Please note our application form is built for employment applications and therefore include some mandatory questions. Applications are sought in the form of curriculum vitae (CV). Please ensure that your letter demonstrates how your experience‚ skills and abilities meet the selection criteria set out in the role description. Please answer them as best you can, if you have any concerns please contact us.
Our closing date for your expression of interest is 5pm, 30th November 2021.
If you are shortlisted for a video interview, we will be in touch by 10th December 2021
Location: Will consider candidates nationally
Hours: 5 - 6 board meetings per year
Salary: This is a volunteer role so no material rewards are offered. Benefits are non-material and include experience, the opportunity to contribute, to learn and to become part of a thriving community. You will gain lasting relationships, insight into a complex and dynamic organisation, experience of non-executive leadership and the rewards of contribution. We will provide opportunities for you to learn new skills and grow your expertise as we develop and deliver our new five-year strategy. Reimbursement of pre-approved expenses, if requested.
Closing date: 30-11-2021
You may have experience of the following: Trustee, Voluntary, Vulnerable People, Organisational Development, Board Membership, Charity, Charities, Third Sector, Not for Profit, NFP, etc.