Volition is recruiting 3 Trustees to join its Board, which has a critical role as the governing body providing leadership and direction for our organisation at this significant time for our sector. 

The Board ensures Volition meets our strategic objectives and supports the staff team in its day-to-day work. View this organisational chart for an overview of the team structure. 

About Volition

Volition is a membership body made up of Third Sector organisations of all shapes and sizes offering health and care services or supporting health and wellbeing. Volition is a registered charity working as part of the health and care system in Leeds, with a particular focus on learning disabilities, mental health, physical and sensory impairment and work across Leeds communities, both geographical through neighbourhoods and also Communities of Interest

As the lead partner in the Forum Central partnership alongside Leeds Older People’s Forum, at the heart of Volition’s work is representing our combined membership of around 300 diverse organisations and being the collective voice for the health and care Third Sector in Leeds, and across West Yorkshire. You can read more about Volition and Forum Central on our website here

Volition also works in partnership with Thrive By Design to produce and manage MindWell, the mental health website providing quick and easy access to up-to-date information for adults in Leeds.

The team works tirelessly to advocate for the value of the Sector, collaborating with colleagues across the health and care system as well as the wider Third Sector through Third Sector Leeds, with the aim of growing, sustaining and ensuring the resilience of Leeds’ rich tapestry of Third Sector organisations. 

Over the coming years, we will continue to support our members in building on the challenges but also the resilience highlighted through the Covid pandemic. 

We will continue to ensure that our diverse Third Sector is fully represented in and involved in shaping conversations around health system change including the development of Local Care Partnerships, Leeds’ Place-based Partnership and the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board. 

What’s involved?

Our Trustees typically commit to:

  • Attending the Board meetings every month (an hour and a half held either virtually or face-to-face)
  • Providing support to the team between our meetings (as appropriate / required)
  • Dedicating around 1-2 hours a month offering comments via email between meetings 

Who are we looking for?

We are passionate about reflecting the people and communities that make up the city of Leeds, as well as the incredibly rich and diverse sector we represent. We therefore welcome applications from people who are disabled, LGBTQ+, those who are from minoritised ethnic communities, as well as those working within smaller organisations and/or those with lived or professional experience of representing marginalised groups or communities. It is important that both large and small organisations representing the span of our membership are represented on the board. 

We encourage our member organisations to promote this opportunity within their networks and encourage individuals to put themselves forward for nomination. 

Individuals elected to the Board act as independent Trustees, rather than as a representative of the member organisation they work for, if applicable. Please see the Charity Commission publication ‘The Essential Trustee’ for information on the Trustee role.  

We are specifically looking to welcome Trustees with a combination of the following skills and experience:

  • Third Sector insight and understanding
  • Understanding of national, regional and local health systems, including Local Government, Health Service and Voluntary sector partnerships
  • Experience of advocating for people from marginalised communities
  • Experience of working with people who have a learning disability
  • Marketing experience and knowledge
  • Advocacy skills 
  • Professional experience working with and developing IT systems.

Recruitment process

If you would like to apply, please download a nomination form here and send your completed form by email to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 19 November.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role or express an interest, please contact Ruth Kettle, Volition Chair: [email protected] or pip Goff, Volition Director: [email protected].

Voting will take place at the Volition Annual General Meeting on Thursday 09 December and those who are appointed will be inducted and take up their duties at the Board meeting in January 2022.