Trustees

Role: Trustee
Location: Remote, home based
Salary: Unpaid
Closing Date: 19th December 2021


About Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK)  DSUK has for over forty years’ provided the opportunity for so many living with a disability, to experience the thrill and independence that taking part in snowsports can provide.  Be it gentle assistance or using the quality specialist equipment we provide, our adaptive instructor team and volunteers can help make life changing moments for individuals and their families.    

Snowsport can help build fitness and confidence, and it’s also a lot of fun. It can be a great way to improve strength, coordination and balance too. Our skiers and snowboarders talk passionately about the sense of freedom that they gain on the slopes.  

It is our dream that mountains and slopes are free from barriers, where disabled people can learn and take part alongside family and friends.  

The Role The role of the Trustee is to ensure the activities of the charity support its purpose and serve the interests of its beneficiaries. Trustees provide strategic guidance, governance and oversight of management, ensuring the organisation is accountable and acting as a ‘critical friend to the CEO. They are there to protect the charities assets both physical and reputational. They make sure resources are managed responsibly and that the charity is run sustainably. 

To complement our existing board and support our strategic direction, at present we are seeking Trustees who will bring knowledge, skills or experience in one or more the following areas:  

Public Relations – this may be through agency work or through working in a senior / strategic level role in an organisation. You will have experience of guiding organisations in relation to maximising impact of external communications across a range of media and developing corporate partnerships and stakeholder relationships.
 
Living with disability – this may include personal experience, or that of living with or supporting someone with a disability e.g. a family member, caring for someone with a disability or working with people with disabilities. You will have an understanding of issues and barriers around participation, access and inclusion and their impact on health and wellbeing.
 
Risk Management - this may be through experience of managing risk management processes within an organisation, working in an internal audit function or a regulated environment, or experience on an audit and risk committee. You will have an understanding of models, methods and best practice in relation to managing and mitigating risk.  

Having our members’ voice represented at the board is important to us, so we would encourage people who have skied or snowboarded with us, or other adaptive skiers, to apply. Additionally, in the interests of board diversity we would welcome applications from young people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds.  

Previous board experience is not a pre-requisite. Training will be given to new Trustees where appropriate.  

Disability Snowsport UK is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex/gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status or age.  

For further information on the role and person specification you can download the information pack here.

To find out more about DSUK and being a trustee please watch this conversation between our chair, Shona Tate and CEO, Virginia Anderson here.

There will be an open information session held online on 6th December 2021. This will provide the opportunity to find out more about the organisation and meet the CEO and some of the trustees. To register for this event please email virginia.anderson@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk