Vacancies: Independent members of Community Grants Committee

Passionate about making evidence-based change for an age-friendly society?

The Dunhill Medical Trust not only funds some of the very best of the UK’s academic and clinical research into understanding the mechanisms of ageing and treating age-related diseases and frailty; it also supports community-based organisations which are working to enhance the lives of those who need extra support in later life.

The Board of Trustees has established two Committees to assist it in its grant-giving activities: one specialising in assessing and awarding academic and clinical research funding, the other specialising in making grant awards to community-based organisations.

In 2020 we launched our new strategic framework which sees us taking a thematic approach to our future funding, as well as finding ways to help academic and clinical researchers to work in partnership with community organisations to make the much-needed systemic change to health and social care services for our ageing population.

The Trustees now wish to make up to three new appointments to the Community Grants Committee which will help to shape and deliver our plans, assess and award grants and monitor their progress.

We are particularly interested in applications from people who have a demonstrable interest in the current challenges in the fields of ageing and older people’s services and the potential for change and innovation to meet them – both in terms of service delivery and content and in their funding, such as:

  • Those with experience of working at a senior level in commissioning or delivery of adult social services in local government
  • Those with knowledge of the specialist/supported housing sectors or, more broadly, expertise on the topic of the built environment.
  • Social impact measurement and evaluation specialists.
  • Practitioners of person-centred design.
  • Those with expertise in policy and public relations.

The Committee meets three times per year and is currently doing so virtually, although the office base is in central London.  We are committed to promoting diverse and inclusive communities so encourage and welcome applications from under-represented groups.

Although the role is unpaid, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Note: The Trust’s activities are funded entirely from the proceeds of a substantial endowment.  

Do please download the role and person specification and read more about some of our current work on our website –  in particular the Commission on the role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support the TAPPI  (Technology to Aid our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation) project. 

How to apply

If you think that this could be you, please send a no more than two page covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements and email it, together with your CV, to Susan Kay, Chief Executive [email protected]. CVs will not be considered without a covering letter.

If you would like to arrange an informal conversation with Susan Kay, please do so by emailing [email protected]

Our closing date for applications is 28 May, 2021 at noon.