Organisation HealthProm
Reference 1100459
Vacancy Type Trustee
Deadline 22nd January 2018
Region Nation Wide
Vacancy Details


HealthProm is a well-respected charity. This standing brings with it a need for us to be attuned intellectually and culturally with our supporters, partners, beneficiaries and funders. Working at the highest level is the only way to ensure that the changes we make to the lives of families we support are sustainable, so we need to ensure that our Board is also geared up effectively and actively to support this approach. This is where you can help.

We have just agreed an innovative new five-year strategy and want to ensure we have the expertise and resources necessary to deliver it.

We are aiming to strengthen the Board as well as to plan for the succession of long-standing members. We are looking in particular for trustees with the following expertise:

  • the use of social media to communicate our messages and to support fundraising
  • experience of business and banking in countries of the Former Soviet Union
  • legal advice relevant to our operations and  compliance with charity law

There are exciting and demanding challenges ahead but we have the passion, belief and ambition to meet them. If you share our belief and commitment to improving the lives of communities living in challenging circumstances, I very much look forward to hearing from you and perhaps, welcoming you on board.

Simon Ray Chair of HealthProm

 15 December 2017

About HealthProm

HealthProm works to ensure that vulnerable children have the best start in life.

Established in 1984, our mission is to work together with local partners to promote health and social care for vulnerable children and their families in countries of the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan.

For more details see our website

 The role

Trustees will join a small and active trustee Board supporting the effective delivery of HealthProm’s current programmes and guiding its future strategy and direction.


Time commitment

Every trustee is expected to prepare for and participate in HealthProm Board meetings in person or by skype (currently four per annum, each lasting three hours and held in London), and may also be asked to serve on one of its sub-committees.

Trustees may also be asked to support staff in certain projects, initiatives or areas in which they have specialist skills, knowledge or experience. We are looking for a trustee ready to take on the role of Board secretary.

HealthProm trustee appointments are unpaid but travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Overall Objective

With other trustees, to be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of HealthProm, developing the charity’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Key Responsibilities

  • To take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of HealthProm, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To ensure that the policy and practices of HealthProm are in keeping with its objectives and its memorandum and articles of association (and any variations thereto) and that these are carried out by management.
  • To ensure compliance of HealthProm with statutory and legal requirements
  • To ensure that HealthProm functions within the legal and financial requirements of the Charities Commission and Companies House and strives to achieve best practice
  • To ensure that the income of HealthProm is spent solely for the purposes as laid out in its objectives
  • To act in the best interest of HealthProm at all times

Main Duties

  • To assist the Chair as an active member of the Trustee Board in exercising its responsibilities and functions
  • To participate in meetings of Trustees, whether Board or committee meetings and in other exchanges as needed, ensuring HealthProm’s policies and concerns are reflected in their deliberations
  • To be familiar with the operations of HealthProm to ensure that a critical and informed view can be maintained, and participating in appropriate training sessions.
  • To contribute specific skills and contacts to support HealthProm.
  • To promote HealthProm to as wide an audience of donors and beneficiaries as possible

Code of Conduct

It is the responsibility of trustees to:

  • Be aware of the contents of, and act within the organisation’s governing document and the law as it applies to HealthProm.
  • Act in the best interest of HealthProm as a whole – considering what is best for the organisation and its beneficiaries and avoiding bringing HealthProm into disrepute.
  • Manage conflicts of interest effectively – registering, declaring and resolving conflicts of Interest. Not to gain materially or financially unless specifically authorised to do so.
  • Respect confidentiality – understanding what confidentiality means in practice for HealthProm, its board and the individuals involved with it.
  • Have a sound and up-to-date knowledge of HealthProm and how it works and of the environment within which it operates.
  • Attend meetings and other appointments in person or by Skype or consider other ways of engaging with the organisation if regularly unable to attend trustee meetings.
  • Prepare fully for meetings and all work for HealthProm – reading papers, querying anything you don’t understand or don’t agree with and thinking through issues in good time before meetings.
  • Actively engage in discussion, debate and voting in meetings – contributing positively, listening carefully, challenging sensitively and avoiding conflict.
  • Act jointly and accept a majority decision – making decisions collectively, standing by them and not acting individually unless specifically authorised to do so.

Work considerately and respectfully with all – respecting diversity, different roles and boundaries, and avoiding giving offence.

Person Specification

You should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of the following criteria within your written application. These will be explored with you further at the preliminary interview stage, along with the additional criteria listed below.  We are keen to ensure diversity on the Board.  

The successful candidates will be able to give evidence of:

  1. An understanding of, empathy with, and commitment to HealthProm’s vision, mission and values
  2. Proven experience and expertise in at least one of the following:
    • Use of social media in communications and fundraising
    • Business experience and acumen
    • Banking
    • The legal framework for international charities
  3. Knowledge of the region in which HealthProm operates
  4. Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and an understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Director of Operations
  5. The ability to work effectively as a collegiate member of a board while contributing an independent perspective
  6. Some experience of board or committee membership in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation
  7. Links to a network of current and relevant contacts

You should also be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of, and commitment to, the values of accountability, probity and openness.
  2. An ability to process detail and get to the heart of an issue.
  3. Confident and effective communication skills with a range of audiences and ability to act as an ambassador for the organisation.
  4. A willingness to devote the time and effort required to effectively discharge the duties of this role.


The closing date for applications is 22 January 2018

Please also note the following dates:

  • Preliminary interviews –5 February 2018

** remember to please advise us about any dates that are really not convenient for you when your application is submitted  

  • Informal meetings with the Director of Operations  and the Chair – 19 February 2018

Interviews with the selection panel – 22 February 2018

How To Apply

To apply for this role, please provide the following:

  • a supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the person specification,
  • a short introductory statement demonstrating your motivation for this role,
  • a comprehensive CV including details of your achievements in each role, and including details of two referees.

All of these documents should be forwarded by email to Simon Ray at

If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Simon on 020 8236 0120 or Olga Johnson (HealthProm trustee) on 07961 410831. 

Advert Start Date 19th December 2017
Contact Telephone Number 0207 832 5832
Contact Name Simon Ray
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