Young Epilepsy is the leading charity helping young people with epilepsy and associated conditions in the UK. We deliver services that make a significant, and positive impact, for young people with epilepsy and associated conditions. This includes directly educating and caring for over 200 children and young people up to the age of 25 severely affected by epilepsy, as well as a growing proportion with other associated conditions, including autism, in our school and college.
A truly national charity with a far-reaching profile for research and influence, we support people from all over England from our beautiful 64 acre site in Lingfield, Surrey.
Young Epilepsy has moved through a transitional phase and the organisation is moving towards achieving ‘Outstanding’ status for our schools and ‘Good’ in our residential services. Our Board is on a similar journey following a recent governance review, and we are committed to increasing our efficiency and effectiveness. To help us in this regard we are seeking three new Trustees, people with the potential to become Committee Chairs. We are looking to appoint people with the following expertise:
Fundraising: to help critique and support the work of the fundraising team, and bring new thinking to the Young Epilepsy with the aim of increasing unrestricted funds. You will help the Director of fundraising with their strategy and guide the Board to better understand the nuances of fundraising activity.
Property/Estates: to help maximise our estate and improve the lives of people on campus. This may include asset disposal or assessing potential development deals, so you will need site development experience and the ability to understand commercial property considerations.
Social/Residential Care: to help improve our residential services. Supporting people between the age of 8 and 24 you’re likely to have a background in leading outstanding services in housing / social care with an acute understanding of the inspection process and what it takes to achieve top rankings.
The term of office for a Trustee is 3 years and is renewable for a second term. Currently there are 8 Board meetings per year, mainly in Lingfield and usually on a Thursday morning running from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. There is also an Away Day in May. We are aiming to reduce the number of meetings we have once our organisational improvement goals have been reached. The time commitment is around two days per month, although there is the opportunity to be more involved if you have the time to Chair a Committee.