Association of Mental Health Providers

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About The Association

Association of Mental Health Providers is the only national representative organisation for voluntary and community sector providers of mental health and wellbeing services in England and Wales. We represent our membership of small, medium, and large providers – from locally focused to regional and national organisations with the purpose of providing a professional platform on which the vital work of all our members can be seen and heard.

The Role of the Chair

The fundamental role of the Chair will be to lead the Board, work with the Chief Executive to raise the profile of The Association, represent the Association externally and support the development and achievement of the organisation and its aims. The Association is looking to appoint a Chair who is independent of any current or potential member agency and who has knowledge of the mental health and/or wider health and social care fields.

Job Description

Board Responsibilities

  • Providing leadership to the organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes to provide greater public benefit
  • Chairing and facilitating board meetings
  • Giving direction to board strategy development and policymaking
  • Ensuring financial stability and proper use of funds and safeguarding the good name of Association of Mental Health Providers
  • To review and appraise board member performance and contribution

With the Chief Executive

  • To provide line management to the Chief Executive, and conduct her annual appraisal
  • Plan the annual cycle of Board meetings and set agendas for board meetings
  • To act as critical friend to the Chief Executive working in partnership to achieve the aims of the Association
  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings, and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, employment legislation, including responsibilities regarding equal opportunities.

Person Specification

The skills, experience and qualities required are:

  • Commitment to support the Association’s membership to improve the mental health, care and support of individuals and communities.
  • Understanding of the value and contribution of the voluntary and community services sector
  • An understanding and familiarity with the workings of Government and its politics
  • Proven influencing and communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain key external relationships
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Good, independent judgment and willingness to speak your mind
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team with tact and diplomacy
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain effective good governance
  • Passion and commitment to lead the board in its efforts to challenge inequalities and racism
  • Ability to develop a positive supportive relationship with the CEO and management team and board trustees

The appointment as Chair is for three years. It is an unremunerated post, however, expenses will be covered. This role involves a commitment of two days per calendar month on average. Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis; currently these are taking place online.

How to Apply

If you would like an initial discussion about the role, please contact Rachel Peacock, Trustee of The Association and Chair of the Search and Select Group.

To apply, please send a ***Cover Letter and CV*** to Dania Hanif by midnight, Monday 12 April 2021.

You can read our latest annual review here and a brief history of the organisation here. If you would like to find out more about our programmes of work and see who our Board and members are please visit our website or follow us on Twitter.

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.