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Chair of Board of Trustees Children 1st

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity.

Our vision is that all children in Scotland grow up safe and well in strong, resilient families and communities and we work tirelessly to make sure that happens. By getting alongside children and their families to offer practical, emotional and financial help we uphold the rights of children to be raised in their own families. The children we support have to overcome many challenges; poverty, isolation, trauma, violence and abuse but we know that with the right support they can recover and live safe and happy lives. We are proud of the way we do things at Children 1st, we put respect, compassion and relationships at the heart of everything we do and we believe that with the best people delivering the best quality support amazing transformation can take place.

Our campaigning work is led by the voices of the children and families we support and we are proud of the work we do to transform the lives of all children in Scotland by influencing changes to legislation, policy and practice.

In compliance with the terms of our Royal Charter, the tenure of our current Chair of the Board of Management  is coming to an end in September 2022 and we are therefore seeking a dynamic and experienced new Chair to help guide us as we continue to deliver our ambitious strategic priorities and goals to transform the lives of children across Scotland.

Applicants should have the values, experience and passion to lead one of Scotland’s leading charities at a time when our support is needed more than ever. The successful candidate will be inspiring and inclusive and will provide strategic  leadership and direction to a strong and experienced Board of Trustees to ensure the ongoing delivery of sound governance and management for Children 1st. They will also be expected to work in partnership with and provide support to the Chief Executive as well as maintaining a relationship of mutual trust and respect with staff, trustees and stakeholders.

Experience of operating at a senior level in Corporate, Public or Third sector environments would be an advantage. Significant experience as a Trustee, particularly as Chair or Vice Chair, would also be beneficial, as would strong knowledge of the demands and complexities of board-level Governance. The position requires excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills.

Children 1st is committed to ensuring that the Board represents the families, stakeholders, and staff which it represents and welcomes expressions of interest from all individuals who have the experience and expertise needed to help direct and shape the organisation for the future. In particular, the Board seeks to further enhance its diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

This is an unremunerated position, however reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

More information can be found within the Candidate Pack below:

For a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and supporting statement including details of 2 referees and your completed Declaration Forms and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Copies of these 3 forms can be downloaded below: