Trustee of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association (UK cancer patient support charity)

Trustee of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association (UK cancer patient support charity)

Trustee/Governor
J91493
At a glance

Skills

  • Marketing strategy
  • Social media marketing
  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)

Where

UK, KT1 3QP
Remote opportunity

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings which are held six times a year for 1.5 hours. Plus one in-person strategy day per year.

Become a trustee and make a difference to the quality of life of people who struggle every day to deal with the impact of their pelvic cancer radiotherapy treatment. Use your skills and experience to help a small but ambitious charity to grow

What will you be doing?

The Pelvic Radiation Disease Association (PRDA) wishes to recruit more trustees to help us address our key challenge of being a small charity - we need to grow our income and widen our influence.

We are particularly looking for people with the following skills and experience:

  • Expert by lived experience  (person with Pelvic Radiation Disease or a carer for a person with PRD)
  • Healthcare professional
  • Marketing and communications
  • Fundraising.

PRDA is a small UK charity but we have a big voice and are very passionate about advocating for people with Pelvic Radiation Disease. Without the PRDA charity, more people will struggle to cope with poor health and poor quality of life after their cancer treatment.

We have the support of health professionals, researchers and other cancer charities from across the UK. However, PRD often gets little attention alongside the major issues of early cancer diagnosis, better treatments and end-of-life care. We are the only national organisation solely dedicated to people affected by PRD – we believe the only one in the world.

People affected by PRD need to be given the best possible healthcare and treatment. For this to happen, the disease must be better understood, accepted as a serious problem and given the attention it deserves. For example, dedicated NHS services should be provided, and more can be done to inform and educate health professionals. PRDA needs your involvement so that the charity can grow and help more people live better beyond their cancer treatment.

Please see the job description for more information 

What are we looking for?

Each trustee must have:

  • a commitment to the vision and aims of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association 
  • willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of PRDA.

Ideally, a trustee should also have one or more of the following:

  • Understanding of the impact of Pelvic Radiation Disease on people’s lives either through personal or professional connections, or be willing to learn about this;
  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work;
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by PRDA (helpline, support groups, online support, health professional engagement, awareness-raising) and/or fundraising for a small charity, and
  • Leadership skills.

The board of trustees collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas, and we are particularly interested in recruiting trustees with skills and experience marked **:

  • financial management
  • fundraising**
  • the NHS (any sector, but ideally cancer care)**
  • private health care**
  • voluntary sector 
  • the needs of people affected by a chronic health condition (especially Pelvic Radiation Disease)**
  • marketing, social media and websites**
  • digital
  • human resource management
  • volunteering management
  • collaborative partnerships.

What difference will you make?

Trustees use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions regarding the charity’s strategy, finances and governance. This ensures that PRDA is able to work as effectively as possible, and have the most impact it can for people affected every day by the symptoms and problems caused by Pelvic Radiation Disease.

Trustees are a ‘critical friend’ and are able to identify key issues, lead discussions, provide advice on new initiatives and offer general guidance in all aspects of the charity’s work.

Outside of board meetings, trustees can choose to become more closely involved in PRDA’s activities.

Before you apply

  • See job description for full details.
  • Please apply with your CV and a covering letter indicating your interest in the role and what you can bring to the charity.
  • For an informal chat with a trustee, please contact us via Reach.
  • Please apply via Reach
  • A meeting will be arranged with shortlisted applicants.
  • Closing date – the advert is open until we have recruited sufficient trustees.
Causes
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Organisation type: 
    Charity

    Pelvic Radiation Disease (PRD) is a long-term side-effect (‘late effect’) of pelvic radiotherapy treatment affecting an estimated 100,000 people in the UK.  People affected by PRD often have poor...