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Independent Chair

Independent Chair

About the Contact Group

The Contact Group ('Contact') is the UK-wide collaboration of statutory and non-statutory (including charity, academic and professional) organisations working to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community including veterans, serving personnel and their families. Core member organisations include the Ministry of Defence, NHS (in England, Scotland and Wales), Cobseo (the Confederation of Service Charities), Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Walking With The Wounded, Northern Ireland Veterans' Support Office, Togetherall, Royal College of Psychiatrists and King's Centre for Military Health Research. Contact is also the mental health cluster for Cobseo. Core funding is provided by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) to the end of 2021, with an application in progress to extend this to the end of 2024.

The Contact Group is currently recruiting for an independent Chair to take office on 1 April 2022. It is hoped that the new Chair will have availability during Jan-Mar 2022 for a comprehensive induction process with the retiring Chair, including meeting members.

Details of the role

Role: Independent Chair, Contact Group
Time commitment: 2 days a week (equivalent)
Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable travel & subsistence expenses provided)
Start date: 1 April 2022 (with induction Jan-Mar 2022)
Deadline to apply: 31 August 2021
Online interviews: November 2021

Please request the full application pack from Anna Owen, Contact Project Officer at for full details and to assist in your application.

How to apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV and covering letter (maximum two A4 pages) highlighting relevant skills and experience as soon as possible and by no later than the application deadline of 31 August 2021, by email to

For further information, queries about the role or the Contact Group, or to request an informal conversation with the current Contact Chair, please contact