“Less than 1 in 3 children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition get access to NHS care and treatment.”

We would be only too pleased to hear from you if you would like to have an informal conversation about the role below before applying.

Nik Demetriades (Charity Director): 07485 328981 nik.demetriades@chumscharity.org

Deadline for applications: Midday, 11th November 2022.

Interviews: Tuesday 22nd November 2022.

Are you ready for a new challenge!

This is an exciting opportunity to help guide and support an award-winning mental health & emotional wellbeing Charity as it embarks on the next stage of its development.

Since 1997, CHUMS has been at the forefront of delivering high-quality, innovative services that are accessible, compassionate, and effective; transforming people’s lives and their emotional wellbeing for the better.

Our Vision & Mission:

A world where children and young people (CYP) receive a person-centred, integrated, and responsive mental-health service that enables them to:

  • Thrive – living positive, fulfilling lives.
  • Develop resiliency to manage the challenges they face.
  • Access barrier-free mental-health support & advice when they need it.

Our Services:

  • Trauma Service
  • Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service (BSBS)
  • Recreational Therapeutic Service
  • Babyloss Bereavement Service
  • Disability Friendship Scheme in Luton

Supporting children and young people is at the heart of everything CHUMS does. We are passionate about supporting as many children and young people as we can and our services support the family as a whole wherever possible.

The Role

We now need to bring on board new trustees to continue to meet the needs of our community. We are looking for individuals who share our passion and drive for helping to improve the lives of over 3,200 children & young people and their families each year, across Bedfordshire, Luton, Herts and Kent.

We are seeking candidates with the passion, drive and commitment needed to help us achieve our mission.

Our Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, its financial health, and the probity of its activities in accordance with our governing documents, legal and regulatory guidelines. Trustees work closely with our Charity Director and Fundraising Team and play a valuable role in the development and sustainability of the organisation.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have any of the following skills, attributes, or experience:

  • Leadership & public speaking
  • Financial management, income generation & fundraising
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Lived experience of mental health/personal experience of our services
  • Voluntary sector, social enterprise & partnerships
  • NHS, Local Government
  • Relevant clinical and/or medical delivery
  • Digital strategy & IT
  • Volunteer Management

Applicants must be able to attend (either in person or remotely) and contribute to, 4 Board meetings per year in addition to the AGM. All trustees also join one or more sub-committees, all of which meet four times per year. Trustees are expected to participate in Board development / planning sessions (typically one per year) and are encouraged to represent the charity at public events and take an active part in promotional activities.

Becoming a Trustee offers the opportunity for both personal and professional development and is highly rewarding. You will be part of a team of skilled people who are passionate about making a difference. A full induction as well as ongoing support will be provided and, while the role itself is voluntary, you may be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred in connection with your role.

We are committed to equality and diversity for our beneficiaries and their families, colleagues, volunteers, trustees and supporters. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to our community.

And please send your:

  • Covering letter addressing your relevant experience and interest in the role
  • Current CV


Nik Demetriades (Charity Director): 07485 328981 nik.demetriades@chumscharity.org

We would be only too pleased to hear from you if you would like to have an informal conversation about the role before applying.

We look forward to hearing from you!