Equality and Diversity Lead
Mental Health Helplines Partnership (mhhp) is the umbrella body for organisations offering helpline services to people with mental health needs. We support member organisations to work together to improve choice, accessibility and quality for callers by developing helplines' capacity and capability within a strong governance framework.
1. Contribute to the Board and support the staff team.
2. Work with the Chief Executive and Board to ensure the charitable Objects and strategic aims and objectives are reviewed at appropriate times in order that they reflect a current, consistent and realistic long-term sense of purpose and identity for mhhp.
3. Be aware of the strong regulatory frameworks in which mhhp operates, in particular those of the Charity Commission and Companies House and contribute to the Board adopting working practices which seek to achieve the required high standards.
4. Give sufficient time to the role of Trustee to contribute to good governance of the organisation with regard to its overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability. (Estimated five days per annum).
5. Contribute to the efficient conduct of the Board’s business, expressing your views and considering the relevant information provided by staff and members before any important decisions are taken.
6. Ensure that the Board delegates proper authority to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team, while making decisions required by statute and as necessary to safeguard the long-term viability and success of the organisation.
7. Be responsible for own contribution to the effective performance of the Board.
8. Nurture a constructive working relationship with the Board, Chief Executive and through that, with the organisation’s team and members.
9. Ensure that effective arrangements exist for supporting and mentoring the Chief Executive and determining the remuneration of the Chief Executive, and for the appointment and, if necessary, dismissal of the Chief Executive.
10. Contribute to the process of filling vacancies on the Board and their introduction to the Board.
11. Act at all times in the interests of mhhp.
1. Trustee skills to be able to contribute to a Board of member representatives, service users, Treasurer, Business and Advisors.
2. Ability to contribute to meetings.
3. Knowledge and experience of effective governance of an organisation.
4. Ability to understand budgets and accounting systems, e.g. income and expenditure, balance sheets, sources of funding.
5. Ability to interpret and disseminate relevant data from regulatory bodies, legal documents, EC Rules of Governance, Board reports etc.
6. Ability to interpret policies, procedures and legislation relating to the business of mhhp.
7. Ability to work in accordance with all mhhp policies including in relation to equality opportunities and ensure that the principles of diversity are promoted in all aspects of the work of mhhp.
8. Ability to work as part of a team (with the whole Board and Chief Executive) with a flexible and willing approach, in order to work collaboratively to achieve the goals of mhhp.
9. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of people, internal and external to the organisation and to develop effective working relationships with Trustees, staff team and members of mhhp.
10. Ability to represent mhhp externally in order to promote the reputation of the organisation positively.
11. Ability to work with others to make sound informed decisions while exercising sound independent judgement when necessary.
12. A clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of mhhp.
13. A commitment towards the organisation’s values and ethos.
14. Reliable attendance at Board Meetings and the AGM and Annual Conference (mostly during the day, but also evenings if required), and be available to the Chair and Chief Executive on an ad hoc basis for decisions, advice and enquiries.
Time commitment is in the region of five days per annum.
Advice and support
- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
- People, HR and employment