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Volunteer Mental health charity seeking IT Trustee

Nightline Association


Posted over 30 days ago...

We are seeking to appoint a new Trustee to provide strategic oversight and leadership for the organisation, particularly in the area of IT, Digital, and Technology.


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Lytchett Matravers, BH16 6FA

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

The Nightline Association is the umbrella charity that provides support, guidance, and quality assurance for Nightline services across the UK. Nightlines are confidential and anonymous listening services run by students, for students. They provide peer-to-peer support at night when other services are often closed. Nightline services cover over 100 universities and colleges across the UK thanks to the efforts of over 2,500 trained student volunteers.   We are seeking to appoint a new Trustee to provide strategic oversight and leadership for the organisation, particularly in the area of IT, Digital, and Technology. The purpose of your role is to work alongside the other trustees to ensure that the Association is working towards its charitable purposes, is complying with all applicable rules and laws, and is making best use of its resources to achieve its aims. We are specifically looking for someone to provide us with the expertise to oversee our exciting digital transformation, product development and overall cybersecurity.  Trustees have legal responsibility for the Association’s management and administration. They are ultimately responsible for the Association’s work and are accountable to both the Association’s legal members and its regulators such as the Charity Commission for the good governance of the Association. Trustees take considered and informed decisions in the best interests of the Association. Trustees are not expected to be experts on all areas of their work but are expected to seek guidance and support where necessary and to bring their own knowledge and experience to contribute to discussions.

What are we looking for?

Essential Criteria Qualifications

Eligible to be a Company Director & Charity Trustee


Professional experience in an IT/Digital/Technology Field, such as (but not limited to):

Software development Cybersecurity Technical programme/product management.  Engineering management.  Managing/overseeing technology-related projects, including financial components.


Excellent communicator, verbal and written – approachable, clear and professional Strategic and creative approach – not being afraid to change the way we do things to improve outcomes A strong team-player – a contributor of opinion and thoughts, whilst having the ability to collaborate and be accepting of others views Logical approach to decision making – ensuring difficult decisions are taken calmly on the best available information, and with the beneficiaries of the charity in mind


Familiar with public Cloud technologies.  Familiar with modern software development principles (SDLC, DevOps)


Commitment to the vision and aims of Nightline Association Commitment to equality and diversity – seeking to ensure that Nightline best reflects the population it serves at all levels Professional integrity – leading a culture of honesty, openness, fairness and trust Willingness to give the minimum time commitment

  Desirable Criteria Experience

Strategy / business management with the ability to plan and develop the charity Previous experience with a telephone helpline or mental health charity (or similar) Managing and engaging volunteers and/or young people Previous experience as a company director and/or charity trustee


Understanding of the Nightline movement and/or the wider student mental health sector

What difference will you make?

Being a charity trustee with the Association is a rewarding experience and gives a unique opportunity to support and shape a national mental health charity at the highest level. Now is an exciting time to join us as we have recently begun the transition from a volunteer-led organisation to a staff-led model, which is opening up new opportunities.  We have ambitious plans for our future and hope that this coming year will be truly transformational for our charity and the wider Nightline movement. It is a very exciting time to join the organisation and to make a difference to the mental health of students across the country.


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