Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

We are Mencap. We are passionate about changing the world for everyone with a learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.


Despite progress that has been made, people with a learning disability continue to face inequalities in many aspects of life. The Covid-19 pandemic heightened and worsened these inequalities. Funding for social care remains under enormous strain and in need of radical reform. Against this complex backdrop, Mencap continues to ensure safe, independent and secure living in the community for people with a learning disability and is working to eliminate the remaining appalling and unsuitable institutional living in long stay assessment and treatment units, while improving opportunities and quality of life. 

In recent years we have strengthened the charity’s foundations through investment in practice development, digitalisation, research and the piloting of new interventions, as well as making significant system change happen through powerful campaigns. As we prepare to welcome our new Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes OBE, we are looking to our future and seeking three new Trustees who will add to the skills and perspectives of an already high performing Board. In particular we are seeking leaders who bring:

  • experience of leading social care practices in an organisation of comparable size and scale. In particular your insights into compliance, quality and governance will be enormously valuable; 
  • fundraising leadership with a strong track record in developing high level fundraising strategies for a national charity and who can demonstrate success in effective long term donor stewardship; 
  • HR/People leadership evidenced by a Director level role in a large and complex values driven organisation. You will play a pivotal role by helping our leadership cultivate an environment where employees feel valued and empowered to contribute effectively

This is a pivotal moment for Mencap and the impact of our work. You will find us a rewarding, inclusive and stimulating Board to join and one where your insight, experience or influence will place us in a strong position as we begin to shape an ambitious new strategy that will push us further towards our vision.

If this sounds like the Board for you, we’d love to hear from you


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 supporting statement that sets out why you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees and the experiences and qualities you believe you can bring in order to be successful in post
  • please tell us if there are any dates during the selection process (outlined below) when you would not be available to participate.

If you have a disability and identify any barriers in the job description or person specification, please tell us.

Closing date
Tuesday 7th May 2024

First stage discussions
w/c 13th May and w/c 20th May 2024

Final interviews
w/c 3rd June and w/c 10th June 2024

The first board meeting for appointed candidates will be 19th September 2024 in London.