Chair of Trustees
Do you understand how charities work? Are you good at leading small teams? Do you share our view that every baby deserves to grow up feeling safe, secure, and loved? If so, please read on...you could be just the person we are looking for to help us make a bigger difference to vulnerable families in Brighton & Hove.
BrightPIP is a small, local charity which provides intensive support to expectant parents and those with babies under the age of three. Through individual therapy or group sessions, we help parents fulfill their child’s needs by understanding the world through their eyes and by tuning into the signals they send out. Our work strengthens the parent-infant relationship, helping to form a loving bond which is crucial for a child’s future well-being.
What families say about us:
‘Just that it was amazing, and I feel like (BrightPIP practitioner) really saved my life. I’m just so grateful that she helped me’ (parent following 1-1 therapy in the Covid family support project)
‘It has changed our lives and how we function as a family. It has made us a positive family unit and has prevented me from allowing my feelings about the past to affect me as a parent.’ (BrightPIP client).
I was just (telling) my midwife that if it wasn't for this group, I would feel very alone and unsupported’ (Participant in Mellow Bumps group running online due to Covid-19)
We were founded in 2013 by Dr Kerry Taylor, a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience of supporting children and families. Kerry was so convinced that early intervention prevents child mental health problems that she left her secure NHS job to found BrightPIP. She felt action had to be taken as there is no provision for infant mental health yet this is a time of rapid development during which time babies’ brains are shaped by their experiences, particularly their relationships. Research has shown that what happens during this time lays the foundation for future social, emotional and cognitive development.
BrightPIP was initially formed as a social enterprise but we registered as a charity in 2018 because we passionately believe that our specialist support for parents and babies should be free to all families. Our charitable funders include Children in Need, the Big Lottery, Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Community Foundation, Comic Relief and Henry Smith. We have recently been commissioned by Brighton and Hove Local Authority to run a pilot project for social care. Our turnover is about £50k a year. There are significant opportunities for us to grow further. Caroline Lucas, our local MP, is patron of BrightPIP.
We are governed by a board of four trustees who bring a wealth of experience from their professional careers in medicine, charity leadership and business, social work and marketing. We hope to bring in more trustees in future. Day to day work of the charity is driven by Kerry Taylor, as Clinical Director. We are about to appoint our first Service Manager, thanks to recent fundraising successes, and this role will be key to our planned growth. We are now looking for someone to Chair the board and help drive the charity forward so it can help more children.
Your role will be to:
- Chair the board meetings and the AGM.
- Prepare the board meeting agenda in collaboration with the Clinical Director.
- Lead strategic discussions about the future of the charity and how it can increase its impact.
- Support trustees to get involved in the areas where they can best contribute; and help recruit new trustees to fill skills gaps.
- Help us to adopt best practice governance for a charity of our size and ambition.
- Act as a sounding board and critical friend for the Clinical Director and Service Manager.
- Represent the charity at occasional external meetings and events.
- Ensure timely decision making in between meetings where needed.
Interested? Then please get in touch. Click on the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button, fill in your contact details and Kerry Taylor will contact you for an informal chat.
We are looking for someone with experience of being a charity trustee who knows the charity sector and understands charity governance.
Experience of being a Chair is ideal but not essential
You could enjoy this role and make a big difference to our charity if you have:
- Experience of leading a small team.
- Drive and energy for getting things done.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- An ability to think strategically and know how to convert strategy into action.
- An interest in taking a small organisation to the next stage.
- A belief that all children deserve the best possible start in life.
By joining our board you will have the chance to:
- make a positive difference to the life chances of local children.
- take a small, effective charity to the next stage of its development.
- expand your networks, meet new people and be part of a positive, committed team.
There are plenty of training and development opportunities you may wish to take advantage of - through Community Works, the Association of Charity Chairs and local professional firms.
Board meetings are currently held on zoom. We are hoping to return to face to face meetings soon - these are held in the evenings in Brighton.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||The board meets about 6 times a year in the evenings in Brighton. Overall, we would expect the Chair to spend about 5-10 hours a month on their role in total - including board meetings, relationship building, emails, telephone and zoom conversations. There is considerable flexibility about when you carry out your role - so you can fit it around your other commitments.|
Where does this role take place?
Brighton Consulting Rooms
18a Clermont Road
- Trusteeship and Committee Work
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities