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Current Vacancies

We are excited to be on the lookout for new Trustees to join our Board of Trustees at Autism West Midlands. Trustees work with the Charity’s Senior Management and Leadership team in setting and driving forward the charity’s strategy, providing a layer of governance and providing valuable expertise.

Who we are

AWM is the leading charity in the West Midlands for autistic people. We use our passion and expertise to enrich the lives of autistic individuals and those who love and care for them. We support autistic people to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home. We provide a free autism information helpline offering a first point of contact for families and individuals in crisis. We provide advice and support sessions to families and carers of autistic children.  We offer training to parents, professionals and individuals and much more!

The Board

Autism West Midlands is governed by the Board of Trustees (The Board) who act as Directors of the limited company. The Board typically meets 4 times a year and for additional ad hoc meetings to either support/chair sub-committees and for strategy and service visit days. The total commitment required is between 10-11 days per annum.

What we are looking for

We’re looking to welcome new Trustees to our Board of Trustees. We are seeking to recruit three (voluntary) Trustees to compliment and broaden the skills and knowledge of our existing trustees. We are seeking trustees with the skills, experience and qualifications noted below:

  • Marketing & Fundraising
  • Business Development
  • Financial Management and Accounting
  • Human Resources / Legal

Purpose of the Role

  • To actively contribute to the Board of Trustees role in providing strategic direction, agreeing objectives and targets and setting and agreeing overall policy.
  • The protect and safeguard organisational reputation and uphold its values and core principles
  • To ensure the charity’s legal and statutory obligations are met in accordance with both charity and company law
  • To attend board and committee meetings and scrutinise proposals and decisions, participate in discussions and providing advice and guidance to the senior management team
  • Working with the chair to appoint and support the CEO as required
  • To be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees
  • Ensure the charity effectively applies it resources for its charitable purposes and remains financial stable
  • Represent the organisation at events and functions as appropriate
  • Develop a good understanding of the charity’s work and services provided, including beneficiary needs
  • Ensure compliance with Health and Safety and equal opportunities policies
  • To declare any clear or potential conflicts of interest
  • Keep up to date and with charity commission guidance
  • Trustees are required to attend approximately 10 – 11 meetings a year dependant on committee membership. Meetings are usually held at 5.30 pm.

Person Specification Essential

  • A commitment to the organisation and its objectives
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and obligations of being a charity Trustee and company director
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of organisational governance and strategic leadership
  • Not disqualified or ineligible to be a Charity Trustee or Company Director
  • Willingness and availability to dedicate enough time to participate fully in the role as Trustee
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Able to act as a ‘critical friend’ to senior managers providing advice, guidance and critique as required
  • Ability to interpret information and make sound judgements
  • Experience of senior leadership and/or governance roles
  • Professional senior experience in one of the fields/professions below:
    • Financial Management/Accountant
    • Solicitor
    • Marketing & Communication
    • Fundraising
    • Business Development
    • Human Resources


  • Knowledge and experience of Autism and learning disability services
  • Experience of social care provision
  • Previous experience of charity Trustee or company directorship

How to apply

To apply please submit a CV and a supporting statement explaining why you would like to become a trustee of Autism West Midlands. Please include how your skills and experience match the person specification and any other relevant details in support of your application. Please email your application to

Closing date for applications: 14th June 2024


We are looking to recruit a Trustees



Location: Birmingham

Text on a circle says Get to know the person you are supporting

Becoming a Support Worker with Autism West Midlands means you are someone who will:

Your main focus will be to understand the person you support by identifying his/her likes/dislikes hobbies and interests. It’s important that you listen, understand and respect each person you are providing support for.

“My senses might affect me in ways you don’t experience, please try to understand.”

Text on a circle says Be flexible & creative

You must be able to adopt a flexible approach and identify what the individual wants and how you can support to achieve it. We want our support workers to be creative and proactive in discovering how goals can be worked towards and achieved together.

“My routine is important to me but sometimes I like a change and want something different. Support my choices and understand that I have the right to change my mind.”

Text on a circle says Do the right thing

The people we support are vulnerable adults and therefore a part of your role is ensuring that we hold accurate and reliable records and safeguard the individuals against any perceived or actual harm

“I may not always be able to say how I feel so pay attention to me and see the changes in my behaviour, that’s how you’ll know if somethings not right. Do the right thing by me”



The information that we receive from your CV is requested for the ‘Legitimate interest purposes.’ As an employer, we require the information contained within your CV in order to make a assess your suitability for the position. The information will be shared with HR team and recruiting Manager. Your CV will be deleted if it is not progressed past the shortlisting stage within 2 months of providing you with feedback