Trustee Role Profile

The Transforming Autism Project is seeking to create a new Trustee Board.

Our Organisation

The Transforming Autism Project is a brand-new charity focusing on very early intervention for children with autism with a view to making transformative life-long changes that would not be possible later. We challenge the traditional understanding of autism and propose an inspiring, hopeful and truly empowering perspective. For more details, see our TED talk, below, which has now been watched by almost 150,000 people.

Our long-term goal is to truly transform lives through our life-changing Mifne Treatment Centre (details here).  On our way there, we're on the verge of launching our very first direct face-to-face family services (details here), which will be followed by a unique online Autism Parenting Hub of comprehensive guidance, support, education and community for parents of autistic children.

Guy Shahar's TEDx talk, The Beautiful Reality of Autism

To find out more about our goals, values and activities, please view our brochure.

Although we are currently at a very early stage in our development, we are looking to make fast progress to make our projects viable and help as many families as possible as soon as we can.

To that end, we are creating a team of capable and dedicated volunteers to ensure our success. A credible Trustee Board will be absolutely critical to this, and we are still in the process of building this.

We have a strong set of values that define our culture, and which we strive to adhere to at all times. They are based around the themes of Unconditional Respect, Courage and Purpose. There are more details on these, and our working principles, here.

The Person and the Role

Given the above, our Board needs to be much more operational (as opposed to purely governing) than it will be once we're fully established.  Together with the CEO, the Board will be the engine driving the establishment of the charity – with most Trustees being seen internally and externally as active charity leaders, pushing things forward, opening doors and being actively and enthusiastically involved in the development and execution of initiatives (those with technical functions and roles, such as a Treasurer or Legal Trustee might be a little less hands on if this works better for them).  Each should also be a natural Ambassador for the charity.

We are looking for people to serve as Trustees who:

  • are deeply passionate about our charity’s mission and values (ideally, though not essentially with a personal connection to autism)
  • can bring experience, specialist skills and a strong relevant network (at least one person should have strong understanding/experience of how to set up a charity board from a governance and a culture point of view and make it successful.  Other key skills we are looking for are: a Fundraiser, a Treasurer, a credible Autism Specialist, a lawyer, though others will be considered)
  • have the availability and commitment to actively and energetically drive the charity forwards

This makes the opportunity an exciting and potentially very rewarding one for Trustees who like the sound of this, as they will be truly at the heart of turning our important mission into a reality, building a culture with our values at the centre, and establishing ourselves as a credible force offering real value to society.

It would be ideal if most or all of our Board is within travelling distance of London to make it possible to meet when needed, though we will consider other arrangements for exceptional candidates from further afield.  Our charity is based in TW13, though currently with no offices.

Basic Trustee Duties

Alongside this involvement, Trustees should become familiar with the Six Essential Trustee Duties as defined by the Government (their full Essential Trustee Guide is here), and perform the following standard Trustee responsibilities:

Main Responsibilities:

  • To maintain and champion the charity’s mission and values.
  • To ensure that Transforming Autism has robust governance and policies and complies at all times with its governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To maintain proper financial control and ensure that Transforming Autism applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
  • To develop strategy and provide informed strategic leadership and direction, setting overall policy, defining goals and monitoring performance and working closely and collaboratively with the Executive to refine and improve operations.
  • To live and act by Transforming Autism’s values and ensure that they are at the heart of the charity at all levels
  • To ensure accountability
  • To support the operational management of the organisation
  • To adequately monitor and manage risk
  • To safeguard the good name and values of Transforming Autism
  • To establish, maintain and continually improve Board performance and ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity
  • To promote Transforming Autism as enthusiastic ambassadors and act exclusively in the best interests of the charity.
  • To be sure to be fully and robustly informed about any decisions or considerations that the Board engages in, including any necessary preparation
  • To be responsive and proactive in relation to charity-related communications.

Next Steps

If you would like to apply to become a Trustee, please submit the following to jobs@transformingautism.org (also use this address if you have any questions or need further information):

  • A full CV, tailored to this application
  • A Cover Letter outlining why you are applying, what you can bring and any connection to autism that you may have (if applicable)
  • An indication of what sort of availability you have to discuss this further

The Recruitment Process

The recruitment process will consist of the following steps:

  • An informal initial call with a recruiter
  • A questionnaire
  • The option of an informal conversation with the CEO
  • A final interview with 2 members of the Board (where possible) and the CEO

If successful, there will follow a period of 4 months, during which you will work with the charity before being formally registered with the Charity Commission as a Trustee.

 

The Transforming Autism Project is dedicated to helping create a world where all people are valued and treated according to their inner essential humanity rather than according to the many labels that each of us could wear (or that could be attached to us). We are thus naturally an equal opportunities organisation.