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Reading Mencap is a small but vibrant local charity making a big difference to children and adults with a learning disability and their families. Our aim is to improve quality of life while tackling discrimination, isolation, poverty and health inequalities.

Join our friendly, committed team and you’ll be making a real difference to vulnerable people in Reading. You’ll also be doing meaningful work where no two days are the same and the rewards are priceless.

Chair of Trustees – voluntary position

Everyone at Reading Mencap is immensely proud of our charity and the important and vital services we deliver. At Reading Mencap, we are a small charity dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their families in the Reading area. Our mission is to promote equality, inclusion and empowerment for people with learning disabilities ensuring they have access to the support and opportunities they need to lead fulfilling lives.

We are looking for a passionate and knowledgeable candidate to join us as Chair of Trustees. The ideal candidate will bring strong business acumen to the role as well as previous experience as a trustee or governor. They will also have experience with learning disabilities, either through lived experience or by working in the industry.

This role gives a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in a leadership role, while working with passionate, like-minded people who care about the local community.

The role:

  • The Chair of Reading Mencap will lead the board, ensuring the charity is governed effectively, aligned to our mission
  • The Chair holds responsibility for the governance of the charity and its strategic and long term plans
  • The Chair will provide support to the CEO, offering guidance and encouragement and challenge constructively
  • Plan and chair the board meetings and the AGM
  • The Chair is also an ambassador and figurehead for Reading Mencap.

Appointment will be for a 3-year term of office, to be ratified by membership vote at the AGM.

This is a voluntary role with no remuneration other than expenses.

For further information, please download the role description for the Chair of Trustees. For an initial chat with a Trustee about this role, please call 0118 966 2518 or email with your contact details.