Posted 9 months ago

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LocationKeele, Staffordshire / London
Contract TypeBoard
Closing DateTBD

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About Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children is a national charity with a local heart, which transforms the lives of disabled children.

Caudwell Children are immensely proud to have been shaped by the children and families they support. Their individual feedback, helped identify their first ever donations and they have been instrumental in every part of the charity’s development. Their continued engagement has also influenced and shaped their biggest project to date, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC), the UK’s first independent purpose built centre for multi-disciplinary assessment and support for childhood disability and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism. Built for and inspired by Children, the centre will be a place where children and families can feel at home, while Caudwell’s team of experts deliver therapy and education during everyday activities.

Founded in 2000 Caudwell Children has provided life-changing support to tens of thousands of children, providing a safety net for families unable to gain the help they need. Their entrepreneurial spirit and desire to make a lasting difference means that as they look ahead to their next 17 years and beyond, they are pushing themselves not to just match their past performance, but to improve upon it.

This is made possible by their dedicated team, who with pride, passion and professionalism promote the work of Caudwell Children in communities across Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Their direct work with children has grown consistently year-on-year over and is set to continue to grow with the development and launch of the charity’s innovative new autism service in 2018.

The Role

Caudwell Children are entering a particularly exciting period, with their new Centre and autism assessment intervention and research programme primed to launched in 2018.From the initial design concept through to delivery of the £18million construction and infrastructure project, Trudi Beswick, their CEO,  has been fundamental in the completion of this landmark development supported by key members of the charity team.

Following 17 years as Chairman, the charity’s founder John Caudwell retired from the post of Chair in 2017, with Craig Bennet appointed to fulfil the role on an interim and appoint a successor to lead Caudwell Children longer-term and into the next exciting phase of the charity’s development.

Person Specification

Caudwell Children’s new Chair will have the expertise and skills to Chair one of the UK’s fastest growing and most impactful charities.

They will bring leadership experience at Board level, within a FTSE 100 or equivalent business. They will have a current and existing portfolio of contacts within influential private and public organisations, with the ability to mobilise these contacts for support of a given philanthropic or business aim. They will bring experience in developing and managing a strong team, with the energy, passion and empathy with the needs of disabled children and their families.

With strong foundations, and an ambitious strategy for the future, this role represents an exciting opportunity for an individual with a strong commitment to and enthusiasm for Caudwell Children.


• Strong communication skills with the ability to represent the charity externally at the highest levels as required.
• Ability to Chair, lead and inspire the Board of Trustees to achieve and extend the goals of the organisation.
• Ability to support, challenge, act as professional mentor to and work in partnership with the Chief Executive.


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below for more information then come back to this page to apply.

Lead Consultant

Marc Lambert
Principal Consultant