Grants Committee Member & Trustee-Designate
Moorfields Eye Charity
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Primary Practice Group: Board
Salary & Benefits: Unremunerated
Closing Date: 04/01/2022
Formal Interview Date: Afternoons of 24th and 27th January 2022
Thank you for your interest in the work of Moorfields Eye Charity.
Moorfields Eye Charity was founded in 2011, but our current existence dates back to 2016 when we merged with another Moorfields charity. We are an independent charity but with close links to Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Moorfields). Our ambitious strategic aims are set out in our recent Strategy 2021-2027.
Our objects are the relief of sickness or suffering and the advancement of health. We meet these by improving eye health by funding innovation in research, education and care to benefit Moorfields’ patients. We do this by making grants to Moorfields and to the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
The majority of our grants fund research into eye health, and within that we have an emphasis on building capacity and developing the careers of researchers.
We are looking to strengthen our board of trustees by appointing a trustee-designate. Following this recruitment process the person will be appointed to our Grants committee, a sub-committee of the board. When the next trustee vacancy occurs (which will not be later than February 2023), they will be appointed to the board, and will continue in that role after they become a trustee.
The committee and the board both meet four times a year (board meetings are held on Monday afternoons). In addition members may be consulted between meetings. A board awayday is held every other year. Board and committee meetings are likely to be held in person or virtually.
We are looking for someone with significant experience in strategic grant-making, ideally in medical research, including programme review, impact assessment and knowledge management. They should have an understanding of the UK scientific/medical research-funding landscape and the commercialisation of scientific/medical research discoveries. As well as a strong commitment to improving the lives of people affected by sight loss, they should have a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort. Importantly, they must have a strong demonstrable commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.
We are committed to the Charity Governance Code, and in line with its recommendations we are committed to greater diversity on our board and committees. We have set targets for the appointment of trustees with respect to gender, diversity of ethnic background and experience of visual impairment (either personal or of a close family member). We also have an aim to appoint younger trustees (under the age of 40 on appointment).
How to Apply
Moorfields Eye Charity will be assisted in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver.
The closing date for applications is 9:00am (GMT) on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
Informal meetings will be held with shortlisted candidates on 18th, 19th and 20th January 2022.
Final interviews will be held, ideally in person, in the afternoons of 24th and 27th January 2022.
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