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We currently have six trustees with a wealth of experience and many of whom have an MS connection. You can find out more about them and their backgrounds on our website.

In 2019 we will be losing our Chair, who is stepping down after ten years of service. Succession planning is underway and we are keen to recruit new board members to strengthen our board so it is fit for the future.

The board generally meets quarterly in Colchester for three meetings and one meeting a year held in central London. Papers are sent prior to the meeting so that the board can effectively and efficiently make sounds decisions about the governance of the charity.

Trustees are encouraged to visit the office and attend any events that they are able to, but this is not necessarily a requisite. There may be occasion for additional meetings and where this is the case, as much notice as is possible is given. There will be additional commitment required early on to arrange a formal induction to the charity and the role. This can be arranged on an individual basis to fit with other commitments.

The role of trustee is voluntary however reasonable out of pocket expenses are reimbursed upon submission of a claim form and receipt.

The role

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it's doing what it was set up to do.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.

Person specification

  • Personal commitment and empathy consistent with MS-UK's mission, vision and values
  • Willingness to act as advocates in promoting the work of MS-UK both within your personal networks and to the wider world
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and effort - there are generally four meetings a year for which you would need to prepare and actively take part in
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to actively engage in discussion - contributing positively, listening carefully, challenging sensitively and avoiding conflict
  • Understanding of what confidentiality means in practice for MS-UK, its board and the individuals involved with it
  • Ability to make a cogent, clear and compelling case on behalf of MS-UK
  • A combination of intellect, personal presence and standing
  • Good, independent judgement and ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

How to apply

Please send an up to date CV and supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the person specification and your motivation for applying to or by post to Amy Woolf, MS-UK Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JF.

For an informal confidential discussion, please contact Amy Woolf at the email above or call 01206 226 500.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and given an opportunity to visit the office to meet board members and staff.

Successful applicants will be expected to sign a declaration of eligibility.

Closing date for applications is 18 February 2019.