ECHO, a leading provider of services for people with disabilities living in Herefordshire, is looking for new Trustees to join their Board. As a Trustee you will be involved in the governance of the charity, setting the strategic direction as well as supporting the Chief Officer. Echo has recently gone through a period of change and this is an exciting time to be involved in setting the direction for the charity as we look to the future. With a new Chief Officer having recently joined us and our major lines of funding secured for the next few years, we are in a strong position as we consider how we continue to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our participants as well as ensure the smooth and efficient running of the charity.
What are we looking for?
We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with various life experiences and preferably skills within any of the following areas; Legal, HR and Finance. But we are also keen to hear from passionate individuals who feel they have skills and experience that would be of benefit to the board. To become a Trustee of Echo, you do not need to have experience in working with disabled people. The role would be suited to someone with or without previous board experience and presents a fantastic opportunity to not only share your knowledge and skills but learn from your fellow trustees and take part in the various events that Echo run. As inclusion is in everything we do at Echo, It is important to us to include our participants in every aspect of our charity and our board is no different. We aim to have a third of our Trustees to be people with disabilities, which makes our board a very accessible and supportive environment for everyone.
What difference will you make?
With 25 Projects and Social Activities, suitable for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and physical or sensory impairments we aim to make a difference. By listening to the people we support, we run projects and social activities that reflect their needs and help ensure they are engaged in the community. The important work of our Board of Trustees truly enables Echo to continue making this difference to the lives of our 230 participants.
Time commitment and how to apply:
The board meets every quarter and you will also be on a subgroup which meets monthly. There is also an annual strategy day. Applications should be made via the TrusteeWorks team in the first instance. Please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating what skills and experience you can bring to the board as well as addressing the following questions:
Why choose the voluntary sector?
Why Echo in particular?
As soon as Covid restrictions allow we would want board members to be able to commit to attending at least some meetings in person. Would this be possible for you?