Prior’s Court is a registered charity providing education and residential care for young people with complex autism, aged 5-25. Set within a 50-acre site in Berkshire, we have extensive bespoke facilities to help our young people to be healthy, happy, more independent and to have the opportunity to work.
We have nearly 100 young people in our care, supported by over 500 staff. Please see our website and social media postings on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook for more information about us.
We are currently seeking a new trustee to join the Board of the Prior’s Court Foundation and be part of two of our Board sub-committees. The focus of the new role will be on financial management, so you will need to have significant experience in this area.
To be considered as a trustee you will be asked to be available to attend half day sub-committee meetings at Prior’s Court (Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9NU), on a quarterly cycle, as well as an annual ‘away day’ (local to Newbury) where we update our long-term strategy. Including preparation time, you should expect to dedicate circa ten days per annum to your work as a trustee (although we would appreciate more of your time, if you are able to offer this, as there are always ad hoc project activities which benefit from the involvement of our trustees).
This is a voluntary role, but expenses for travel are payable on the same basis as staff at Prior’s Court.
Our trustees all serve an initial term of three years. Subject to Board approval, the term can be extended for a maximum of nine years in total.
Skills and Experience - Generic
For this vacancy, we are seeking candidates with:
• broad general management or leadership skills, ideally including experience of project management and the development of long-term business strategies.
• confident and persuasive communication skills, combined with the stature and presence to network with potential donors and parents.
• a strong team working ethic, with the ability to motivate and actively engage with our staff, our volunteers and other members of the Trustee Board and the Prior’s Court Executive team.
• sound commercial judgement.
• energy, passion and personal commitment to help drive the organisation forward.
• compassion for the needs of autistic children and young people; and
• the ability to obtain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (a non-departmental public body of the Home Office of the United Kingdom), who complete criminal records checks.
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