Chair of Trustees

Changes Bristol
Contract Type: 
Contract Details: 
Volunteer Role
Details of Role: 

Changes Bristol are looking for a new Chair of Trustees to help move the charity through our new phase of development.  The position can be held by a single person or can be shared as a Co-Chaired position to spread the work load.

We welcome people to apply that have the skills to perform the role, it is not necessary to have done the role previously with another charity. We also welcome applications from a diverse background, who have lived experience of mental ill health and who can be reflective, supportive and who can collaborate effectively.

About the Charity

Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that provides support for people who suffer mental health difficulties in Bristol and the surrounding area. We are a growing charity that helps more people with each year that passes with great plans for the future. Over the last few years we have made great strides forward to improve the support we provide, and diversifying our services.

We are a peer-led charity, with lived experience at the core of what we do. We pride ourselves in taking on staff, volunteers and Trustees who have lived experience.

We run peer support groups all over Bristol on a weekly basis; online peer support groups; 1 to 1 peer support through befriending and a Walk and Talk service. This service has gradually grown over a 19 year period since 2003 when a group of people with lived experience came together to form our first support group and then set up the charity.

About the Role

The main responsibility of the Chair role for Changes Bristol involves providing leadership to Changes Bristol organisation and the board by ensuring that everyone remains focused on the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes and supports the development of the charity’s services toward providing a beneficial and sustainable service to our members.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

Chairing and facilitating the monthly board meetings

Supporting the CEO with the running of the charity and act as a channel of communication between board and staff

Supporting urgent actions and decisions in conjunction with the board and staff

Leading on the development of the board and ensuring board decisions are implemented

We are looking for someone with some or all of the following skills or experience:

Strong leadership, people management skills and the ability to chair meetings effectively

Good, independent judgment

An ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective

Someone who has a commitment to the aims and objectives of Changes Bristol, in promoting it in the best interests of its stakeholders and staff

For further detail on the role description and person specification, and what is involved in becoming a Trustee, please see the documents attached below.

Please note, although some board meetings are held remotely, there will be a requirement for occasional travel to in-person meetings in Bristol as part of this role.


Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 26 July, 2022 - 13:30
How to Apply: 

We encourage anyone interested in the role to apply by downloading the application form and role description and return the application to marking it “Chair Application”. CV’s on their own won’t be accepted but can be sent with the application. If you would like to discuss completing the application form or would prefer to provide a video application if you would find this a preferable way to communicate please let us know.


Contact Person: 
Jason Washbourne
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
Changes Bristol 43 Ducie Road Lawrence Hill Bristol BS5 0AX