AIMS Chair of Trustee's Role

Who We Are

AIMS is a small charity that supports people to navigate the maternity services. We provide information and a helpline, and campaign for a system that works for all, by lobbying at a national level for the improvements needed. We are a volunteer-led organisation which emerged from the vision of Sally Willington over 60 years ago. Today AIMS is a registered charity. You can find out more about AIMS by visiting our website.

The Role

We are looking for a chair of trustees who can lead with confidence and humility, sharing the commitment of AIMS to improve maternity services for all in the UK. The chair will work to develop and sustain relationships with core volunteers in achieving our mission. The chair will encourage thoughtful decision making and clarity of purpose at board level, and ensure this is informed by the insight and experience of volunteers and members. The chair will lead AIMS toward longer-term organisational strength through effective volunteer management and financial stability.

Personal Qualities

  • Collaborative leadership
  • Clear communication
  • Strategic thinking
  • Friendly and flexible

Desired Experience

  • Overseeing strategy planning and implementation effectively
  • Engaging and collaborating with volunteers
  • Creating change

Other Information

This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Online attendance is required at 10 trustee meetings per year, and an in person away day and AGM. The chair of trustees role would be a flexible commitment equivalent to 1 day per week

The AIMS Constitution states that a Trustee may not be “a qualified member of any medical profession including doctor, midwife, nurse or health visitor”.

We value diversity and recognise that good leadership benefits from the diversity of lived experience. We warmly encourage expressions of interest from global majority members, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and neurodiverse people.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Providing leadership for the Board of Trustees in setting the strategic direction and priorities for AIMS.

  • Ensuring that the Board of Trustees discusses regularly any activities, major risks,concerns and opportunities for AIMS as appropriate.

  • Ensuring that all decisions and actions are taken in accordance and alignment with the AIMS values and mission.

  • Working collaboratively with the Trustees Board to maintain the highest standards of governance through highly effective working relationships. Creating an environment for success.

  • Setting the Trustee meeting agendas and ensuring meetings are run efficiently and effectively, and ensure that all voices are heard

  • A lead role in the development and implementation of Trustee recruitment, induction and training ensuring that the Board of Trustees retains an appropriate level of diversity and appropriate skill set for maximum effectiveness.

  • Playing an active role in the planning and preparation for the charity’s AGM. Chairing the AGM.

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of AIMS and a passion for supporting the charity's beneficiaries.

  • Willingness, capability and desire to provide effective leadership to the AIMS Trustee Board and AIMS charity more widely.

  • Ability to deal effectively with matters which may arise regarding governance, risk, reputation and sustainability.

  • A strategic thinker with a focus on the ‘bigger picture’.

  • A collaborative, empowering, inspiring leader of people.

  • At all times works with integrity, objectivity, accountability and honesty.

  • Ability to commit sufficient time to AIMS in executing your duties. Flexibility may be required for pressing issues and in extraordinary circumstances.

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