Welcome from duncan Ingram, Chair of trustees

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming one of our new Trustees.

The Children’s Trust is a leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We have an ambition that all children and young people living with a brain injury or neurodisability have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

We have been established as a charity for 34 years, and employ over 500 staff as well as enjoy the invaluable support of over 1000 volunteers. You would be joining at an exciting time as we deliver our three-year strategy: “Creating Futures Together” which focuses on four key objectives:

  •  - Be the best at what we do
  •  - Respond to the needs of children and young people
  •  - Ensure our services are there for children for the long term
  •  - Scale up

We are also extremely proud of our current regulatory ratings:

  •  - ‘Outstanding’ with the Care Quality Commission (for our Care services)
  •  - ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership & Management with Ofsted Education (for The Children’s Trust School)
  •  - ‘Good’ with Ofsted Care (for our Children’s Home).

This demonstrates you would be joining an organisation that puts ‘quality’ at the top of our agenda when we focus on the services we provide to the children and their families. They are always our priority.

I do hope you will pursue your interest in applying for this role. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Duncan Ingram
Chair of Trustees

ABOUT The Children's Trust

The Children’s Trust is a leading charity for children with brain injury and complex health needs.

The charity provides rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information.

Our key services are:

  • Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • A non-maintained special school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
  • Support for children with ABI and their families in the communities across the UK, through our Brain Injury Community Services.
  • Online information and support via our publications and braininjuryhub.co.uk

Our residential services based at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, work in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to provide a step-down pathway of care between hospital and home. The centre is entirely child and family focused to ensure that their needs are appropriately supported.

In the community, we provide clinical support to complement local services and give children and young people with ABI the best chance of succeeding at home and in school.

We are the only paediatric centre with a national specialised commissioning contract (through NHS England) to provide brain injury rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury. Our other services are funded through local health commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups), social care and education authorities, together with the millions raised through voluntary fundraising.

Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Trust’s supporters, our 24 acre Tadworth site features a modern hydrotherapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, soft play areas and a wheelchair-accessible treehouse.

We run a non-maintained residential special school for children with PMLD. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2 to 19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted.

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with over 500 committed staff and 1000 volunteers with a range of expertise across nursing and care, education, therapy, operations and centralised support functions such as finance, HR, fundraising and communications. A number of these staff are based off site around the UK as part of our community work or in our charity shops.

The objective of the role description is to support the recruitment of Trustees with the appropriate skillsets to ensure the strong governance of The Children’s Trust.

In planning for a strong Board, the Trustees must ensure that people who have director level responsibility for the leadership of the charity and the quality of the work we do, meet two fundamental standards which mean they are:

  1. 1. fit and proper to carry out this important role
  2. 2. have a strong individual skillset and qualifications relevant to the work of the organisation 


The Children’s Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. 

The Children’s Trust has policies on safer recruitment, the recruitment of ex-offenders and criminal record checks. Please refer to the People Team for further information.

Equality and Diversity

The Children’s Trust recognises the value of diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We expect staff to be treated with dignity and respect and solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief as stated in the Equality Act 2010. We expect all staff to share this commitment and promote equality and diversity amongst their teams.


Our ambition is to provide a professional service where the children and families are at the centre attention of what we do, and for us to be able to use this opportunity and to achieve this vision and ambition. We require all of our staff to be actively promoting and sharing our values that bring us closer to achieving our goal.

For more information, please see the following documents:

Our Annual Report and Accounts

Board and Sub-committee dates

Our Trustee Board

Our Strategy

Charity Governance Code

about the role

Trustee – Digital Marketing/Service Development
Tadworth, Surrey
Unremunerated – reasonable expenses paid
Time Commitment: Up to 2 days a month

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability. We deliver rehabilitation, education and community services through our national specialist centre and The Children’s Trust School, based in Tadworth.  We also offer support more widely through our community services for children and young people across the UK and via our online Brain Injury Hub. Established for over 30 years, we have a team comprising 500 staff and over 1000 volunteers who together are dedicated to providing children with brain injury and neurodisability to have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

You join us at an exciting time, recently embarking on our next three-year strategy ‘Creating Futures Together’, which focuses on a number of key objectives including; to be the best at what we do, respond to the needs of children and young people, ensure our services are there for the long term and to scale up. To enable us to achieve our ambitions we are looking for a new Trustee with extensive strategic marketing and communications experience. The role will play a key part in helping us scale-up our activities, with a renewed focus on  service developments, enhancing our engagement with key audiences, and improving accessibility to our services.  We envisage digital playing a  key role in this and so we are looking for an individual who will bring particular expertise in this area.

We are looking for an individual with a strong track record in multi-channel strategic marketing and communications which includes a high degree of digital fluency. We want to encourage individuals who possess high levels of creativity and the ability to think innovatively. You will also be able to  demonstrate how you have used different digital techniques and technology to extend the reach and scope of services, drive customer engagement and deliver service improvements.  

Alongside your experience you must demonstrate empathy with the ambitions and aims of The Children’s Trust and share our values of being child and family focused, caring and supportive, professional, collaborative, can do and fun.

For a confidential conversation please contact our consultant at Peridot Partners; Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk or Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497  or jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date – Monday, 19th November 2018.  


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