Do you have a passion for innovation, design, diversity or development and want to disrupt the world of disability?
We are looking for talented disabled people from different backgrounds with the experience, influence and ideas necessary to make a huge success of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, based at the new University College London (UCL) campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UK.
Building on the legacy of the Paralympic Games and the expertise of our founding partners (who include UCL, University of the Arts London and Loughborough University in London, Saddler’s Wells Theatre, the V&A and local communities) GDI Hub is trying to do things a little bit differently. Our Manifesto sets out our mission to work across traditional boundaries and strive for a different way of doing things. To make this a reality, we need a strong and capable Board to guide us. We want to attract Board Members from a variety of backgrounds who have a broad range of experience and though we need most of our Members to have had previous roles at Board level, probably the Chair included, we are also keen to attract applications from young disabled people, and people who think about disability differently, as well as professionals, academics, practitioners or activists. We particularly invite those who can help up strengthen our international partnerships, or who are based, themselves, in the Global South.
We want to appoint a Chair and 8-10 new Board Members to help us make a real difference across Our Themes.
We are also keen to hear from people who have experience of starting up in the tech sector, particularly as a non-profit organisation. If you are not a disabled person yourself but have an unparalleled specialism or understanding you think we could benefit from, do apply, though our main aim is to populate the governance of GDI Hub will a diverse group of brilliant disabled people.
Salary: Expenses and a remuneration for attending meetings will be given.
Frequency of meetings: Board meetings will be held four times per year. Oversees members will not be required to physically travel to all meetings, though occasional travel to London may be required (the costs of which will be covered).
How to apply:
Candidates are invited to submit their CV, with a covering letter expressing their interest in either the Chair or Member position and any specific qualities that they could bring to that role. The covering letter (of no more than about two sides) should explain:
What has attracted you to be involved in GDI Hub and its Board (as either Chair or Member)?
Why you should be considered & what specific expertise or perspective can you bring
In your opinion, what are the most important one or two priorities for the Hub to address in 2017?
Anything else you’d like to add
Submissions by post or email are acceptable and should be sent to:
GDI Hub Board Nominations Committee
c/o Rosemary Frazer
GDI Hub Manager
London Legacy Development Corporation
Level 10, 1 Stratford Place
You are welcome to submit an application form in an alternative format, please contact Rosemary to arrange this firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like an informal discussion about the role you can also contact Rosemary or Vicki Austin, the interim Hub Director, on 079187332476 email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 17th January 2017.
Interviews will be held in February 2017 (exact dates TBC) at the London Legacy Development Corporation, Level 10, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London, E20 1EJ.
Appointments will take effect for 2 years from March 2017.
About the Board
Led by the Chair, the Board will be made up of no fewer than 60% disabled people. Board members already represented are from the Hub’s key partner institutions including; UCL, London Legacy Development Corporation, Loughborough University London and UAL’s London College of Fashion. We are looking for a Chair for a two year term, effective from March 2017 to attend four board meetings per annum.
The Chair will be required to create a strong and supportive partnership with the Hub’s key partners, project partners and communities. Alongside the Chair, Board Members will be involved in shaping the strategic approach of the Hub providing creative, informed and constructive input.
Specific experience in one or more of the Hub’s themes (listed above) is likely to be a advantage. We strongly welcome applications from disabled people, though will consider exceptional non-disabled candidates with unrivalled perspective or experience.