NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

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Trustee Recruitment

Are you someone who has had experience of mental distress and/or using mental health services? Are you interested in being a Trustee with a unique charity?

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is an independent mental health national charity led by survivors and service users. It connects people with lived experience of mental distress, supports user-led community groups and facilitates and strengthens the involvement of people in order to strengthen their voice and ability to influence.

Our vision is of a diverse, inclusive and influential user-led network with the strength to challenge inequality and improve lives.

We are looking for up to three new Trustees to join the NSUN Board. This is a high-profile appointment to which you will bring your expertise and experience and an absolute commitment to a rights based approach in promoting the direct voice of people with experience of mental distress.

This is a ‘hands-on’ role with an expected commitment of at least two days a month. Board meetings are held every two months. We are particularly looking for people with an interest and/or skills and experience in fundraising.  This could range from grant applications to donor giving and sponsorship.

This is a voluntary role with reasonable expenses reimbursed. Applicants will be expected to contribute to one of three main roles (see the Governance Specific Roles document), including:

  • Fundraising and Revenue, in particular donor funding and alternative sources of income for charities, and awareness of the Code of Fundraising Practice set by the newly established Fundraising Regulator
  • Communications, Marketing and PR, in particular external communications and marketing, using the media, telling stories, production of annual reports, social media, campaigns, blogging and developing the organisational communications strategy.
  • Business Development and Partnerships, in particular the development of NSUN’s growth plans and organisational interests, advising on partnership and networking opportunities and developments, provide guidance on building and sustaining active networks. 

Trustees are expected to:

  • Actively champion NSUN, acting as ambassadors within their own community and through their own networks.
  • Work with other Trustees to enable decision making and progress against NSUN’s objectives and long-term strategy.

Important dates

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 12th January, 2017

Interviews will take place Friday 20th January, 2017

Successful applicants will be formally voted onto the Board at the next NSUN annual general meeting TBC

The first Board for new Trustees is Tuesday 24th January, 2017

If you'd like to join NSUN please read both the Trustee Role Description and the Governance Specific Roles.

Please download the following recruitment documents:

Applicants should be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and the appointment is subject to satisfactory references.

For further information email info@nsun.org.uk or telephone 020 7820 8982.

You can read a message from our existing Board members here and find out a bit more about them.

About NSUN

If you are not yet familiar with NSUN, our website contains a lot of information which is likely to be of interest to future Trustees. In order to simplify your research, we would like to highlight the following sections as especially relevant:

Get in touch

If you'd like to know more about the roles or have filled in an application form you'd like to return, you can email us or call us on 020 7820 8982 / 07778 659 390.