Thursday, April 21, 2011

An opportunity not to be missed.


The National Autistic Society (NAS) was founded almost 50 years ago by a group of parents who were passionate about ensuring a better future for their children. Today, with a turnover of nearly £90 million and over 3000 staff, the Society has 20,000 members, more than 100 branches, and provides information, advice and specialist services to 100,000 people living with autism every year.

NAS’s vision is that everyone living with autism will: get the support, education and training they need; live with dignity and as independently as possible; be a part of their community and wider society; be understood by all professionals who support them and be respected for who they are by a knowledgeable public.

The current Chair is due to step down this year and NAS is now actively seeking a successor to lead the Society’s agenda. The role is unremunerated and travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit

Closing date for applications is 13th May 2010.

The Role:
  •  Take the chair at meetings of the Board; attend
    meetings of Council; and attend meetings of Board
    sub-committees and of other stakeholder groups as
  •  Ensure that the charity plans strategically and that
    management effort is effectively directed within a
    framework of clearly stated strategies and key tasks.
  • Act as a key spokesman for and ambassador of the
The Candidate: 
  • Board level experience in a large/complex/changing
  • Proven leadership, organisational, and management
    skills including fairness, impartiality and openness to
    new ideas.
  • Understanding of and passion for the issues
    confronting people with autism and their families
    and carers, and the impact of those issues on them.
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