Bright Futures UK (BFUK), the first and only charity whose purpose is to provide support to young people who have been forced to take time out of education as a result of illness. We offer support to young people of all educational ages who suffer from long term illness whether it be a mental health or physical condition.
As the only organisation working in a space that affects around half a million young people each year, we have a responsibility to our beneficiaries and the wider community to continuously raise the standard of our service.
As Bright Futures UK Education Trustee, the role will be to advise and support Bright Futures UK’s strategy within the education sector.
This will include providing guidance on; building and nurturing relationships, developing a presence within the education sector, and using existing relationships to support BFUK goals.
- Support the development of a sustainable strategy to access the education sector.
- Oversee the ongoing development of the organisation’s education strategy in conjunction with senior management and the board.
- Work with the board and senior management to recognise internal and external educational development opportunities.
- Define and develop appropriate procedures to be able to take advantage of updated/new developments within the education industry.
- Keep the board informed as to relevant operational or legislative changes in the UK state education.
- Ability to network with other members of the education sector, drawing on your own networks to support Bright Futures UK
- Advise on educational funding – where academic structures receive funding (schools, academies, colleges), restrictions on funding, process of how funding is spent.
- Act as an ambassador for the cause and charity.
- Use existing relationships with, for example with schools and education professionals to develop Bright Futures UK presence and understanding of the industry
- Act as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate.
Knowledge and experience:
- Have wide-ranging experiences in an educational role – operating at a senior level.
- Ability to network with other members of the education sector
- Understand the strategic use of the education sector as an effective partnership tool to support and enhance Bright Futures UK; services, activities and beneficiaries.
- Understand and have experience in running programmes for young people of educational ages.
- Understand charity interaction within the education system.
Skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to enthuse people about a vision for the future.
- Strategic perspective and vision.
- Good independent judgment.
- An ability to think creatively.
- The ability to work collaboratively and constructively as a member of the board.
- Experience of working within the charity sector is highly desirable.