The Renal Association seeks to appoint non-member trustees to its Board

Improving lives by supporting professionals in the delivery of kidney care and research.

The Renal Association (RA) is a dynamic charity and the leading professional body for the UK kidney community. It has over 1000 members who deliver clinical care for people with kidney diseases, kidney research or related fields. It comprises two arms within one entity. The highly recognised UK Renal Registry (UKRR) which collates outcomes from UK kidney units and publishes an annual report which guides service delivery and is involved in education, research and improving the quality of patient outcomes and experience. The professional arm which supports lobbying in kidney matters (dialysis, transplantation, chronic kidney and rare kidney diseases), high quality clinical care, education and research. It aims to support kidney doctors, patients and allied healthcare workers.

The RA is a registered charity with over 30 employees based in Bristol.

Following an external governance review earlier this year, the RA seeks to strengthen its Trustee Board to help lead the Association as it continues its exciting development and delivers its strategic plan which will be launched in February 2019. Major changes are already underway including the appointment of a CEO over the whole entity (currently providing operational leadership over the Registry arm). The secretariat supporting the professional arm was recently brought in house.

The RA Board is looking to appoint outstanding people who bring broad experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance and risk with a recognised accounting qualification,
  • Change management / organisational development
  • Communications
  • Legal

The appointees should be clear, strategic thinkers interested in the important charitable aims of the RA. You should be able to demonstrate objectivity, willingness to contribute time and energy and willingness to be accountable to the organisation.

You will be expected to attend the Trustee Board Meetings (circa 4 face to face meetings per year plus a small number of Board teleconferences) and will be asked to attend and/or chair sub-committee meetings or task and finish groups. Experience of chairing meetings is desirable.

Please refer to the information for candidates that provides an overview of the RA governance structure, the time commitments required, the remuneration for the role and application instructions. The role description and person specification set out the duties of the role and the qualities applicants are required to demonstrate.

The new members of the Trustee Board will help to guide the charity through an exciting period of development.

How to apply

To apply for the role of Renal Association non-member Trustee, please submit a:

  • Letter stating your interest and suitability for the role. Please address the needs as set out in the person specification stating which area/s of experience you can offer
  • 2 page CV, including details of at least two referees to renal@renal.org.

A full induction into the work of the Renal Association will be provided. For further details about the RA please see its website: www.renal.org. To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chief Executive, Ron Cullen, renal@renal.org

The RA is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and mutually supportive environment. We accept, respect and value people with diverse identities and backgrounds and believe our differences make us stronger and more effective in achieving our goals. We ensure appointments are made on the basis of merit, and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 7 January 2019, with interviews for short listed candidates being held 22 February. Please note that the appointment is unremunerated.