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Elsie Normington Foundation aims to support children and young people with learning disabilities & complex needs and their families from across the Highlands, by establishing a specialist play & respite centre in Inverness- The Haven Centre. The project has recently received the backing from the Scottish Government, which in addition to other fundraising means we are able to begin building in 2021 and open in late 2022/ early 2023.

We currently have 2-3 vacancies on our board, and are seeking new and highly engaged voluntary trustees to bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the charity, contributing to the ongoing development of the Haven Centre over the next 3 years as we move into the construction phase, and then onto the operational stage. We are interested in applications from individuals with expertise in some of the following skills/ attributes:

  • Marketing & communications
  • Media & PR
  • Finance
  • Expertise with contracting service providers
  • Social enterprise expertise
  • Research
  • Rural communities
  • Local authorities
  • Relationships with the Highland's corporate community

We particularly welcome applications from people from minorities, and people with protected characteristic/s who are currently under-represented on charity boards.

Further information

This is an unpaid role, however reasonable expenses associated with the role can be reimbursed. As a small charity with 2 paid members of staff, our trustees are currently expected to take an active role in the day-to-day operations and management of the charity. Trustees are expected to attend and contribute to all board meetings held every 6 weeks (currently via Zoom), and sub-committee meetings as appropriate. The approximate trustee time commitment is 4-8 hours per month. Trustees should commit to serving on the board for a minimum of one three-year term.

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How to apply

Please email Rosie Jardine, Vice Chair at with an expression of interest, ideally by midday on Monday 19 April 2021. Candidates will then be invited to observe a board meeting, to be held via Zoom on 22 April, 7-9pm. Follow-up discussions will be held with ENF's chair/ trustees. We envisage that new trustees will join and be inducted ahead of the subsequent board meeting on 16 June. Later applications may be considered until 14 June, ahead of observing the 16 June meeting, with a view to joining the board ahead of the following meeting on 19 Aug.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role before applying, please email Rosie Jardine ( to arrange.