The Makaton Charity is seeking new Trustees

Makaton symbol for Trustee
The deadline for applications has now passed.

Makaton is a communication programme that combines signs, symbols, and speech to empower anyone living with learning or communication difficulties to understand and be understood. Makaton has brought positive transformation to millions of lives. 

The Makaton Charity exists to ensure that everyone living with learning or communication difficulties has access to Makaton. The Charity curates and promotes the Makaton Language Programme, trains, and supports the Licensed Makaton Tutor network, and provides tools to enhance the learning and usage of Makaton. 

We are currently seeking additional Trustees, ideally with backgrounds in business, legal, finance or digital marketing to provide advice, guidance, and challenge the evolution of our strategy, plans, and projects.

What skills and experience are we looking for?

We are seeking Trustees who can:

  • Bring business awareness and experience, ideally with a background in finance, legal or digital marketing
  • Provide advice, guidance, and challenge to the evolution of our strategy, plans and projects. Making appropriate introductions with relevant potential digital or other corporate partners would also be helpful
  • Bring independence of judgement, the capacity to bring a fresh, external but constructive view to decision making, and champion our ambition to support and reflect a more diverse set of members and beneficiaries
  • Bring passion, interest and enthusiasm for our vision and values - help us ‘think and act big’ and extend our influence and reach!
  • It is desirable but not essential for applicants to have prior experience of working on a Charity Board and to have had some exposure to the Makaton language programme.

What commitment is required?

Trustees are voluntary roles (approved expenses will be paid). You would need the time to:

  • Prepare for and attend c. five 3-hour Board meetings a year (mainly held remotely but one or two per year to be held at our offices in Frimley) including an annual ½ day awayday. However, we are keen not to put any geographical constraints on our Trustees.
  • Prepare for and attend any committee meetings you would be involved with (generally only one, which would have between 3-5, 2-hour meetings a year held remotely). In time, to be willing to chair a committee.
  • Provide limited ad hoc support and input as required.

What are the next steps?

Click here to download the full role specification

If you would be interested in an informal conversation with our Chair, Rob Douglas, please contact [email protected], by 25th October 2023 including a copy of your CV. Please note that all Trustees must pass an standard disclosure check. 

Thank you for your interest.