Overview

Age UK Islington is Recruiting

Age UK Islington was established in 1963 to promote the well-being of local older people. In 2015, our services extended to include anyone aged over 16.  We are dedicated to helping any adult in Islington make the most of their life.

Over the last 5 years we have strengthened our role as a key strategic partner to the local authority and CCG, as they work to develop sustainable health and wellbeing services for the broader population of the borough. Willingness to change, a reputation for innovation, a reorientation towards prevention-based service models, and a reliable track record in delivery, means we have both the right products, and, the right outlook and capabilities to contribute as an equal partner in local developments. This has led in turn to financial growth and stability. Annual revenue has doubled to around £1.7M, with 85% of this secured via long term 3-5 year service contracts.

With this foundation in place the charity is now poised for new opportunities and the potential for further growth is high.  Effective leadership and governance will be key.  We are currently recruiting for a new Chairperson (the current incumbent is stepping down at the end of her term) and Trustees to join our friendly Board of eight Trustees.

Chairperson

The new Chair should live or work in, or adjacent to, Islington. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an experienced Board and a forward thinking and innovative organisation with a great track record.  The Chair should have an understanding of the strategy and disciplines needed to deliver a wide range of services to adults and older adults.  A key role is to ensure that the charity has robust governance and management to meet the expectations of funders, our beneficiaries and regulators.

The following skills/experience would be particularly valuable:

Knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sector e.g. challenges and opportunities, NHS commissioning
Outstanding communication skills and the ability to liaise with external organisations
Charity governance

The Board meets six times a year and the average time commitment is 2/3 days per month.

If you want to play a leading part in shaping older peoples’ services in Islington, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Age UK Islington is committed to equality and strongly values diversity.

For further information and details of how to apply, please see the job information pack.

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About Age UK Islington

Age UK Islington is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Founded over 60 years ago, we operate as an independent member of the national Age UK brand partnership.

Perhaps more importantly, over the last 5 years we have strengthened our role as a key strategic partner to LB Islington and Islington CCG, as they work to develop sustainable health and wellbeing services for the broader population of the borough.

Willingness to change, a reputation for innovation, a reorientation towards prevention-based service models, and a reliable track record in delivery, means we have both the right products, and, the right outlook and capabilities to contribute as an equal partner in local developments. This has led in turn to financial growth and stability. Annual revenue has doubled to around £1.7M, with 85% of this secured via long term 3-5 year service contracts.

The last year has focused on consolidating this growth through internal process, skills and quality assurance developments, continued investment in communications, as well as the critically important areas of data security and governance. New sources of income have come on stream via the provision of data and technology consultancy services to other charities. We have increased our financial reserves, to match the increased level of annual operating expenses. New, more scalable, proactive service models including wellbeing screening have extended the prevention capabilities of our overall operations and are generating new evidence and insight into wellbeing and self-care in the community, providing increased value to commissioners.

With this foundation in place the charity is now poised for new opportunities. The capabilities and value of the service model and systems we have built have come to the attention of NHS England. We have been selected to be part of the core group for the Building Health Partnership to deliver on self-care priorities, initially in Islington and then exploring scaling up across North Central London. Our service model and systems are set to form part of the delivery model within the Primary Care led CHIN business case proposals.

The potential for further growth is high. Operations will need to be scaled up, workforce capabilities increased, new partnerships formed and nurtured, sensitivities over areas of operation for local Age UKs managed. Effective leadership and governance will be key.