You could be one of our new trustees

Making a real difference to the lives of the people we support…

North West charity Autism Together is looking to recruit a number of new trustees to its board. If you are an enthusiastic professional with senior-level experience in finance and accountancy, human resources, property, or special needs education, then we would like to hear from you.

Successful applicants will be joining the board of one of the UK’s leading specialist service providers, a charitable organisation which directly supports over 400 people on the autism spectrum. Founded in Wirral in 1968, Autism Together now employs over 1,000 staff across its operations in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

This is a complex, stimulating, award-winning organisation with an annual turnover of over £21m and a substantial property portfolio. The charity provides residential care, supported living, respite, day services, and community outreach for adults with autism, alongside a range of support for young people and their families.

Our trustees contribute significantly to the strategic planning and direction of Autism Together and, along with the desired skills mentioned above, the candidate should demonstrate experience in governance, excellent communication and an ability to conform to our Trustee Code.

The board recognises that diversity of trustees is vital if we are to operate with excellence. While applications are welcome from all sections of the community, we would particularly encourage applications from women; people of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities and those from younger age groups.

Trustees are expected to attend board meetings, take up membership of at least one committee and to familiarise themselves with all aspects of the charity’s work.

While we would hope to hold interviews in person, we recognise this may not be possible in the current crisis and will organise alternative arrangements with individual candidates as necessary.

About Autism Together

We started life in 1968 as Wirral Autistic Society when a group of forward thinking parents wanted to give support to their loved ones. Autism Together is now one of the country’s leading providers of services and support to people with autism and their families. We campaign on behalf of all individuals affected by autism, we encourage all our supporters to get involved with fundraising and volunteering with us and offer comprehensive training and job development to our employees.

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Meet one of our trustees… Tony Cragg

Tony has been a trustee for Autism Together for over five years and shares his experiences of this rewarding role…

I first became aware of Autism Together when my grandson William was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 years old, in 2015. I then attended an Autism Together awareness course to gain a better understanding of the condition. After that, I very much wanted to become involved and offered myself as a volunteer.

However, in 2015 the Board were recruiting new Trustees so I thought I would apply hoping my skill set and background in business, which was both operational and strategic, would prove useful.

Becoming a trustee was a challenge as the role is exclusively strategic, but the challenge was enjoyable with the more experienced members of the Board of Trustees guiding me along the way. As a trustee, I attend and contribute to a range of sub-committees, along with the main board meetings.

Our Board of Trustees welcomes members from a range of backgrounds and different experiences. The more diverse it is, the greater its strength. I enjoy the openness of the Board of Trustees and working with the members of the Operational Directors’ Senior Leadership Team (SLT) at Autism Together.

However, my greatest satisfaction and pleasure is in seeing and meeting the people we support and our frontline staff, witnessing what a difference our charity makes to their lives and their families, and knowing I have played a small part in its success.

For more information, please contact:

Mrs B Williamson, PA to the CEO, via email:
babs.williamson@autismtogether.co.uk or in writing:
Oak House, 6 Tebay Road, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 3PA
if you’d prefer to receive an application pack by email or post.

Closing date for applications is Friday, July 3rd.

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