I am delighted that you are interested in becoming a Trustee. You are considering joining us at what is both an incredibly challenging but exciting time as we continue to deliver against our foundation strategy whilst dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic. Never have we been prouder of the work of everyone at Brandon as they work so selflessly to keep the people we support safe, whilst enabling them to live the lives they choose.
Trusteeship is one of the most important roles in the voluntary sector. Becoming a Trustee at Brandon will give you the chance to use your skills and experience to make a lasting difference to the people we support.
Brandon is a provider of individualised, person-centred support to over 1,600 people with a learning disability, autism, or both. The quality of our support is reflected in our ratings from the Care Quality Commission, which are above the national average.
Over the last two years we have been transforming our back-office functions and developing our culture so that we can look forward to the future with renewed resilience and strength. The work we are undertaking now will ensure we are able to respond flexibly to meet the changing needs of people we support so that we are able to help them achieve the best possible outcomes now and in the future.
I became Chair of Brandon’s Board of Trustees in June last year. What motivated me to join was the opportunity to make an active contribution to an organisation that enables some of the most vulnerable people in our community to live the life they choose.
Despite huge improvements in care and support in the last 25 years, people with a learning disability still face significant inequalities. There is still much to be done to ensure the people we support are able to live free and to reduce the inequalities they can face.
You would be joining us as a Trustee and playing a critical role on the Board at a time when Brandon is transforming its operations, embracing new digital capabilities. Your experience and contribution will be invaluable in assisting the organisation to navigate this transition in a safe, timely and cost effective manner.
As you read more about us, the work we do, and the role you will play as a Trustee, we hope you will be encouraged to apply. The guidance we provide as a Board supports and challenges our excellent executive leadership team to deliver against Brandon’s charitable purpose and objectives.
Brandon exists to enable children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both, to live life in the way they choose. We are proud of our high-quality, individualised support that focuses on enabling people to achieve their dreams and truly live free.
Operating across southern England, London and in the Midlands, we support around 1,600 people with a team of approximately 2,000 staff. We provide supported living, accommodation with care and nursing, enabling support and a wide range of sessional, social and employment support to adults, young people and children with learning disabilities and autism.
We are a values driven charitable organisation, but one that operates with a commercial mindset, so we are financially sustainable, able to invest in our people and continue to drive high-quality person centred support.
We love the challenges of constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to deliver quality in a tight financial environment and seek trustees who share our passion and bring valuable skills to work effectively with the Chair, Chief Executive and other trustees.
Each year we release an annual report which gives us a great opportunity to reflect on the highlights and achievements of last financial year, and to share those with the board, families, friends and our staff.
The people we support and our staff are at the heart of these achievements, and it’s really important to us that they are front and centre of the report. Inspired by the wonderful art and crafts our teams have shared with us during the coronavirus pandemic, we asked staff and the people we support to choose a word that summed up how being well supported made them feel – either by their support team, or by us as an employer.
As you will see in our 19-20 Highlight Report and Accounts, we received some wonderful images and quotes in response. Maintaining our person-centred approach, our in-house communications team then developed the highlight report ‘Foundations, Flexibility, Freedom’ around those photos.
Our core values underpin all we do. From interviewing prospective employees through our care plans to papers presented to our Board of Trustees, they are interwoven in our approach and behaviours.
Solution Seeking People
Brandon Trust exists to enable people with learning disabilities and autism to live the life they choose. We are proud of our high-quality, individualised support that focuses on enabling people to achieve their dreams and truly live free. We are a values driven charitable organisation, but one that operates with a commercial mindset, so we are financially sustainable, able to invest in our people and continue to drive high quality person centred support. We love the challenges of constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to deliver quality in a tight financial environment and seek trustees who share our passion and bring valuable skills to work effectively with the Chair, Chief Executive and other trustees.
Statutory Trustee duties
Specific Board activities
Remuneration – Voluntary position, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Tenure – Initial term of up to three years which will be reviewed and extended as agreed to a maximum of six years.
Meeting Location – During the coronavirus pandemic, meetings will be held virtually.
Time Commitment – Approximately 10 days a year split into the following commitments:
All trustees are subject to statutory and regulatory checks including an enhanced DBS.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Brandon Trust.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using AQ1101 as the reference number.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Rob Hilyer on +44 (0) 7719 325 771 or Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44 (0) 7808 648 559.