ACAMH seeks a new Chair of its Board

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A message from Professor Kathy Sylva, ACAMH President and Treasurer.

We are looking for a Chair of Trustees to lead the Association in the next stage of its development, a rewarding opportunity to lead one of the UK’s most innovative and ambitious charities at a time of major opportunities and challenges. Your skills, knowledge and expertise will help shape our strategy as we look to both strengthen our offering to CAMH professionals and, crucially, widen the reach of our expertise to new very diverse audiences, including teachers and parents. Our overarching aim is to support all those who care for children and young people to use the best available evidence.

You will have a proven track record of leadership at the highest level. You will share our vision and have the ambition to take a leading role in our journey to become one of the leading ‘go to’ organisations for evidence-based information on effective practice.

About ACAMH
Committed to advancing standards, disseminating knowledge and enhancing clinical practice to best meet the psychological needs of children, young people and all those involved in their care and development, ACAMH is the leading multi-disciplinary UK membership organisation for professionals engaged in this vital work.

Our Vision
‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’

Our Mission
• Share best evidence and practice in an easily accessible way
• Improve the quality of evidence and practice
• Involve young people, families and practitioners in all our activities
• Support multidisciplinary practice networks
• Inspire the future of the field through better understanding of why children and young people experience difficulties and what promotes their wellbeing

The Association publishes the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP), internationally recognised to be the leading journal covering both child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry, publishing the highest quality clinically relevant research in psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines. We also publish the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal, a high quality, peer-review of child and adolescent mental health services research, which has articles for practitioners and policy makers describing evidence-based clinical methods and clinically orientated research.

In addition, we run a variety of events and special interest groups throughout the year on topical issues, as well as providing access to a growing library of engaging on-line CPD topics delivered by national experts, all aiding the professional development of those working to support the mental health of children and young people.

If you believe you have the knowledge, experience and credibility to take ACAMH forward, then we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Chairperson specification

Overall Purpose
To ensure the Board is effective in its tasks of setting and implementing the Association’s direction and strategy.

Key Responsibilities
• Provide leadership and direction to the Board, enabling it to fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Association and be effective in its tasks
• Provide support and leadership to the CEO, ensuring that the association is run efficiently, and decisions are carried out effectively in accordance with the decisions of the Board
• Act as the Association’s leading representative and present the Association’s aims and policies externally
• Take the lead in determining the composition and structure of the Board. This will involve regular reviews of the overall size of the Board, its balance of age, professional discipline, experience and personality of directors

Main Duties
Meetings
• Chair Board (currently four times a year, held in London and remotely) and general meetings, and the Executive Committee of the Board
• Ensure effectiveness in all aspects of the Board’s role, including regularity and frequency of meetings, and circulation of accurate, timely and clear information including that on the Association’s current performance, to enable the Board to take sound decisions and monitor the Association’s performance
• Determine the Board agenda, in liaison with the CEO
• Set the style and tone of the meeting, direct discussion towards the emergence of a consensus view, promote effective decision making and debate, and sum up discussions so that those present understand what has been agreed
• Ensure there is appropriate delegation of authority from the Board to executive management

Directors
• Facilitate the effective contribution of directors and encourage active engagement by all members of the Board
• Ensure constructive relationships between the Board and senior management
• Identify potential new directors

Induction, development and performance evaluation
• Ensure that the development needs of directors are identified and that directors have access to appropriate training to continually update their skills and knowledge to fulfil their role on the Board and its committees
• Identify the development needs of the Board as a whole and facilitate an annual review of Board and individual directors’ performance and effectiveness

Relations with Members/Branches/Editors
• Ensure effective communications with interested external groups and ensure there is opportunity for external views to be communicated back to the Board as a whole

Annual General Meeting
• Arrange for Honorary Officers to be available to answer questions at the Annual General Meeting and for all directors to attend

Selection Criteria
Knowledge and experience
• Outstanding record of professional achievement in their field, with a commensurate personal reputation for excellence
• Demonstrable experience gained as a Trustee or Non-Executive Director in a similar service- orientated or membership organisation
• Strong understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
• Appreciation of the nature of risk management at Board level
• Membership and experience of the ACAMH Board will be an advantage

Skills and abilities
• Able to distil complex information and bring a pragmatic approach to its application
• Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
• Able to galvanise external relationships and build support for ACAMH
• Strong ambassadorial and influencing skills – inspires trust and confidence quickly
• Promote the highest standards of integrity, probity and corporate governance
• Act between full meetings of the Board in authorising action to be taken within the powers and signing cheques and legal documents in accordance with relevant mandates
• Establish a close relationship of trust with the CEO, providing support and advice while respecting executive responsibility and leading on the appraisal of the CEO’s performance
• Serve on appointment, appraisal and disciplinary panels as necessary

Terms of Appointment

Remuneration
The role of Trustee is unremunerated.

Time Commitment
Chairing of four Board meetings per year, attendance at up to three national conferences and occasional attendance/representation at other external meetings as appropriate. Board meetings and the AGM are held in London or remotely.

Trustees are required to agree to abide by the Trustees’ Code of Conduct and to declare as appropriate their business interests.

Expenses
Reasonable out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Terms
A three-year term as Chair starting 1 October 2020.

To apply
To express an interest in the role and to be considered, please submit an up-to-date CV (no more than two pages) along with a supporting statement that addresses all criteria in the Person Specification and outlines your motivation for applying. Completed expressions of interest should be emailed to Martin Pratt.

The closing date for applications is midday 29 May. Interviews will be held on 5 June via video call.

ACAMH is fully committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our workforce and employment practices, in the work we undertake, and in the provision of all our services.

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