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First listed: August 2023


Our HQ is at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich

Estimation of time needed: 0-5 hours / month

Closing date: 14/09/2023

Everyone has the opportunity to live in their community with support, dignity and purpose

  • Do you share this vision?

  • Are you passionate about supporting vulnerable people?


If the answer is yes, this role is for you.

What could you bring to the Board of a multi-service charity giving people the stability, support and challenge they need to realise their full potential?

ACT has been operating for over 50 years across Suffolk and the surrounding areas. Originally providing supported housing for offenders upon their release from prison, our services have expanded to help an increasing number of vulnerable people within our community. Over time, we have expanded our services to help vulnerable people in the community in many different ways. We now have over 120 staff and more than 275 volunteers providing housing, safety, health & wellbeing services as well as giving people a voice. We operate across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and are governed by an amazing board of Trustees who also voluntarily give their time.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for three new Board members to help develop and oversee our current strategic plan as we navigate a challenging external environment. Whilst these roles are voluntary positions, you’ll have the satisfaction of joining a dynamic organisation, passionate about making a lasting difference to lives and communities. We want people who share our vision and values.


We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills, as well as lived experience of any of the issues our clients face, and we are particularly seeking people with these broad skill sets at this time:

  • Social housing: in particular, senior strategic and operational experience, knowledge of being a registered social landlord including relevant legislation and benefits

  • Marketing: in particular experience in increasing audience awareness and engagement using digital marketing

  • HR: senior strategic experience in HR, including workforce development, recruitment and retention. Current knowledge and experience of EDI would be an advantage.


We are committed to ensuring that our Board remains diverse and reflects our workforce and the communities we serve, so we are keen to find candidates from a broad range of diverse backgrounds. We want to bring in experienced Board members as well as people without previous Board experience who understand governance and the board's role. A full induction and training programme will be provided, including being buddied up with an existing trustee depending on your areas of interest and learning.


How to apply

Eastside People is supporting ACT in the recruitment of these roles. For further information please download the Candidate Information Pack and submit your CV and a cover letter via the link to the application portal, indicating why you are interested in applying for this role and how you meet the selection criteria.


If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Lucinda Shaw, to arrange a convenient time. Having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of your application.


The closing date for applications is Thursday 7 September and longlisting interviews, held by Eastside People, will take place the following week. Interviews with ACT for shortlisted candidates will be held week beginning 18 September and successful candidates will be asked to attend a board meeting on 25 September as the final part of the recruitment process.


We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability, and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help make the application process work for you.

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