Becoming a trustee is a fantastic way to contribute to the life changing work we do. It provides a wealth of skills and connections to support career and personal development whilst playing an integral part of a well-respected highly valued charity.

We are currently seeking additional Trustees who will also be part of our board of Governors to oversee the implementation of Henshaws strategic plan and add value and expert advice to the senior leadership team.

This is a voluntary role and as such is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Closing date Tuesday 30th April 2024.


What we are looking for:

· A willingness to devote the necessary time, effort and a commitment to attending Trustee Board meetings in the north of the UK and other necessary meetings that might arise.

· Have strategic vision and be able to understand and assess risks

· Have good, independent judgement.

· Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

· Be able to work effectively as a member of a team and to maintain good working relations.

· Adhere to the Henshaws six key values, Informed, Sharing, Proactive, Inspiring, Compassionate and Empowering.

· Knowledge or experience of physical or learning disabilities is desirable but not essential.

In particular we are looking for trustees with any of the qualities stated below:

· Experience of health and social care and an understanding of CQC regulations. (Trustee and Governor)


· A background in education and an understanding of OFSTED (Trustee and Governor)


· Human Resources expertise.


· Health and Safety

These are the four particular requirements to complement the experience of our current trustees but we would also be interested to hear from all applicants who share our values and can bring additional skills and expertise to support the charity to deliver its charitable purpose.

We’re keen to ensure our board is diverse in every way and we’re committed to ensuring our Trustees reflect our society, our charity and the people we support. We

welcome applications from people with a visual impairment or other disability, their families and carers.

To gain a full understanding of the role and to apply please contact Amanda Edwards, People Director on 01423 814510 or [email protected]

Other information

Henshaws Society for Blind People aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Henshaws is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults. It is a criminal offence for people barred from working in regulated activity to apply for roles that require them to work unsupervised with that particular group e.g. vulnerable adults, children or both. An Enhanced DBS with barring and reference checks will be sought from the successful candidate.

Henshaws reserves the right to check social media accounts of all successful applicants. For more information, please contact the HR department on 01423 814510.

Registered Charity No: 221888

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