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SignHealth Chair and Trustees

SignHealth is a national charity that works to improve the health and wellbeing of Deaf people. Our organisation was established in 1986 and for over 30 years we have been providing services that aim to improve accessibility for Deaf people across the country.

While there are approximately 70,000 British Sign Language users in the UK, most healthcare providers do not provide adequate accessible support for Deaf patients of mental health or medical services. Deaf people are twice as likely to develop mental health issues, and tend to have poorer health than hearing people. We deliver services and we campaign. We played a key role in the development of the Accessible Information Standard, and will continue to influence the NHS and relevant government departments on improving health for Deaf people.

We run five care homes, two outreach services, IAPT psychological therapies services, as well as a number of other services supporting Deaf people.

We are now in the process of refreshing our strategy and enhancing our governance, and we have recently relocated our head office. As we enter a new and exciting phase, we are looking to recruit a Chair and a number of dynamic Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are keen to play a strategic role on our Board of Trustees, ensuring we continue to grow our reach and impact.

To be successful as Chair you will have a strong track record of strategic leadership and a sophisticated understanding of governance and board development, combined with superb communication skills.

To be successful as a Trustee, you will have a proven track record of success within your own field and experience of operating at board level in either the public, not for profit or private sectors.

Plus we would be keen to hear from candidates who have a background in one of the following areas; Social Care, Health, Income generation, advocacy, marketing and communications, diversity and inclusion.

For both roles, given our focus and that over half of our staff are Deaf, you will have significant empathy with and/or lived experience of being Deaf, being part of the Deaf community, or using Deaf services.

For more details and to view the Appointment Brief please tap here

For a confidential conversation, having first read the Appointment Brief, please contact one of our advising consultants, Jim Banks, Andreea Pohus, or David Fielding, at Attenti on 0207 422 0620.

Please let us know of any accessibility accommodations you may require. BSL interpreters can be on hand for all stages of the recruitment process, but will need advance notice from us.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd July 2017