Two Non-Executive Board Directors

Aquarius Action Projects
Board meetings are held in person in Birmingham
Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

Since 1977, Aquarius has used evidence-based research to shape services that enable them to support people and their families with drugs, alcohol and gambling issues. Aquarius recognises that alcohol, drug and gambling use does not just affect individuals. Often, the consequences of these behaviours also have a great impact on families, friends and loved ones and Aquarius prides itself on delivering services offering support to those affected. Services run by Aquarius stretch across the Midlands from Telford to Bedford, from Derby to Buckinghamshire, and further afield. We work with nearly 5,000 individuals around the Midlands with a workforce of 175. Having expanded our service reach into new parts of England, we are supporting more people than ever before, building on our powerful coproduction ethos.


Aquarius is part of Recovery Focus, a group of expert charitable organisations that have been working in a new form of collaboration to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people who use our services. Recovery Focus and Humankind have announced that they will come together in 2024, creating one larger organisation and enabling us to reach more communities and address complex issues on a larger scale. Aquarius will be a subsidiary of this new organization when the merger takes place in June 2024.

The Group’s vision for the future will remain a society that values everyone including those with addiction or mental health issues. Together, we will continue working in partnership to inspire individual recovery and believe that with the right support, recovery – however that’s defined by an individual – is achievable for everyone. 

Aquarius is now looking for two non-executive board directors. As the Recovery Focus structure continues to evolve, we will each have a role to play in navigating this process to determine the future direction of Aquarius. You will work with colleagues to steer our organisation into the next exciting era of development and impact; your knowledge, insight and expertise will guide and enrich discussion, helping us weigh up the many opportunities ahead. You will also ensure that our Executive is fully supported and held accountable for ‘business as usual’, and that we operate best in class governance. 

All non-executive directors demonstrate sound judgement, excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, and independence of thought. A background in M&A or transformational change would be an asset for at least one of these roles. More importantly, we’re looking for colleagues who share our passion for social justice and serving vulnerable communities; you may have lived experience, or be someone who has worked with the communities we support previously. Both appointees will reside in, or have a strong personal connection with, the Midlands area. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and take pride in a Board that represents the communities we serve.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • a CV (no more than three sides) or equivalent biographical information
  • a short covering letter that explains your motivation, suitability, availability and confirms that you would not be subject to any conflict of interest
  • please tell us if there are any dates during the selection process (outlined below) when you would not be available to participate.

Closing date 
Friday 24th May 2024

First stage discussions
w/c 10th June 2024

Agreement of the shortlist
w/c1 7th June 2024

Informal conversations with stakeholders
w/c 17th and 24th June 2024

Final interviews
Late June 2024