Think Ahead
Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

Think Ahead is the national charity that promotes and develops the mental health workforce in health and social care. Mental ill-health can turn lives upside down and it affects our whole society. One in four adults in England have experienced mental ill-health, and a third of families include someone with a mental health problem. Improving people’s mental health can transform lives, and supporting people with their mental health is good for everyone in society. We urgently need better, more consistent support - enabling everyone to live the life they want and creating wider societal and economic benefits.


At Think Ahead, we believe that advocating for, promoting and co-producing a social approach to mental health within the health and social care workforce is essential to address the national challenge. We also believe sharing knowledge and learning in workforce development, service design and innovation helps to build a more effective response to the growing need for mental health support and ultimately enables and empowers people, their networks, and their communities. We are delighted that our funding to deliver our flagship mental health social work training programme is secure for the next four years; and we are building a new strategy which will see business growth in the next five years, taking our mission from strength to strength, and expanding our reach, influence and impact in the sector.

We are now looking for three new Trustees who can help us drive forward our ambitious strategy and ensure we’re governed to the highest possible standards. A priority for us is to secure someone with strong commercial and / or brand building and business experience, who understands our business model and can support the development of our long-term financial sustainability. We are also seeking trustees with either a background in, and deep understanding of, social work, or in social policy, research and influencing decision-makers, who can use their perspective to support and inform Board discussion. 

We are keen to hear from candidates who share our vision for innovation in the mental health workforce and ideally offer experience of engaging with stakeholders to help unlock opportunities for funding and strategic development. Whatever your area of expertise, you will be someone with the highest level of personal integrity, maturity of judgement and who is a skilled ambassador. We are a collaborative Board and effective interpersonal and communication skills will be essential, along with a commitment to our mission and values. We also want to ensure any appointee is committed to promoting diversity in its broadest possible sense. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.