Autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting 1 in 100 people in the UK. It is characterised by difficulties in the development of social relationships and communication skills, alongside unusually strong narrow interests, repetitive behaviour, and difficulties in coping with unexpected change. It remains poorly understood, despite the understanding of autism having developed a great deal over recent decades. However, there is still a large amount of work to be done. Research is vital, not just to understand the causes and effects of autism, but also to evaluate treatments and interventions to ensure that people affected by autism receive the best possible support.
The Autism Research Trust (ART) was set up in 2010 primarily to fund the cutting-edge research taking place at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University. As they grow they hope to extend this funding to other centres of excellence in the field of autism research. The Cambridge University Autism Research Centre is led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, an expert with more than 20 years of experience and an archive of book and media credits. Funding for research into autism remains very low in the UK relative to both the US and other areas of medical research. In addition, Simon and his team cannot access charitable support via pure academic research avenues. The purpose of the charity is to rectify these imbalances.
They have just finished their first year, during which they raised funding to start and develop the charity from very humble beginnings. The trustees have recently employed a part time manager to focus on a 12 month fundraising strategy.
To support this activity they are seeking applications from high calibre individuals to join the Board of Trustees. They are looking for people who will bring knowledge or experience in one or both of the following areas which will support the ART in its strategy for 2012:
Experience and contacts at senior level in the business / commercial sector.
Experience or knowledge of fundraising at a high level, more specifically in the areas of trust, individual or events fundraising.
The Board of Trustees meet 4 times a year in London. The trustees may be asked to support the manager in certain projects or areas where they have specialist skills
How to apply:
If you think you have the experience and skills to help the Autism Research Trust please email firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com and ensure you provide the following:
- a supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the criteria in the Person Specification (attached) and
- a comprehensive CV
We would also be grateful if you could provide us with the details of two referees. Referees will not, of course, be contacted without your prior consent and not until the short list stage.
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