Chair of Trustees (volunteer)

Please note: we are in the very early days of being a charitable organisation, and need help developing and running efficient plans and projects that will help us get to where we want to be – providing support to people living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Our ideal candidate would be excited at the idea of working with a new organisation. We are incredibly ambitious and want to provide help and support to anyone living with BPD, and their families. We appreciate any applications and are happy to answer any questions or queries.

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people in the UK living with Borderline Personality Disorder? CALIA wishes to appoint a new Chairperson to our Board of Trustees.  We invite applications from individuals experienced in governance and with the commitment, qualities and attributes to effectively lead our new charitable organisation supporting those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in the UK.

As the Chairperson of our Board you will be passionate about improving the support of people living with BPD and their families. You will be motivated to help drive CALIA forward on our mission to increase support for, and funding of, BPD treatment and support services.

An organised, energetic and reliable leader, you will be dedicated to supporting the Board and CEO to realise the highest vision for CALIA’s success. A fluent and persuasive communicator, you will represent the organisation publicly as well as internally and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.

The role of Chairperson is a voluntary, unpaid, non-executive appointment. The role requires a commitment of approximately two – three hours per week.

We are looking for individuals with the following essential skills, experiences and qualities.

Desirable Experience and Skills

  • Experience of chairing an organisation or as a senior executive or non-executive member of a charity or Board.
  • Professional, personal or lived experience and knowledge of Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to bring together Trustees’ different perspectives and skills to achieve consensus through balanced discussion at Board level.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to offer support, insight, information and guidance to others
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders e.g. voluntary sector organisations, medical professionals, mental health experts, patients and members.
  • Demonstrable financial acumen.
  • A balanced and sound attitude to risk management.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with internal and external relationships.
  • Strong networks and connections and a willingness to draw upon contacts, where appropriate, for the benefit of CALIA.

Desirable Personal Attributes

  • Honest
  • Resilient and hard-working
  • Organised
  • Self-motivated and confident
  • Non-judgmental
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Committed to confidentiality and equal opportunities
  • Willing to learn and develop

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.

How to apply

To apply, please send a current CV and a Supporting Statement to detailing your motivation for applying and how you meet the listed criteria. Please state in the subject line which vacancy you are applying for.

Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021
Preliminary Interviews w/c 8th February 2021


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