Become a Trustee with Bristol Mind

Could you be part of Bristol Mind’s ambitious future and help us to support more people with mental health difficulties?

We are an independent local charity, working across Bristol and the surrounding areas and affiliated to national Mind. Our vision is to support everyone in and around Bristol in achieving the best mental health possible. We have excellent reputation in our area and deliver varied and impactful services that are truly transformational for those who access them and the wider community. We have recently developed an exciting new three-year strategy to grow and develop Bristol Mind, putting it at the forefront of mental health support in Bristol. It is fair to say we are currently a relatively small charity, but we have some big aspirations.

At Bristol Mind Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is at the core of who we are. Our commitment to these values is unwavering across all the work we do. We are on a journey, we are inclusive and we celebrate different points of view. We are building a culture where difference is valued as an equal opportunities employer.

The opportunity

We’re looking for additional trustees to join our board from Spring 2024. Trustees are our most senior leaders. They set our strategic direction, make sure we’re using our resources effectively and ensure we’re having the greatest possible impact on our community. Trustees are expected to undertake duties in a manner that reflects Bristol Mind’s values and ethos.

We’re looking for dedicated, empathetic and ambitious candidates to help make our mission a reality and lead us closer towards our ultimate ambition: a society where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

As a trustee you will:

• Think strategically and creatively.
• Lead the organisation towards fully achieving its commitment and ambition.
• Scrutinise the impact we’re having.
• Communicate clearly and sensitively in large group discussions.
• Use independent judgement to make decisions on behalf of the organisation.
• Be committed to our mission, vision and values, which can be found in our recruitment pack

We would be particularly interested to hear from those with marketing/fundraising experience or a legal background and/or experience of working in the health sector with commissioners.

We are committed to equality of opportunity , to being fair and inclusive, and being a place where all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems and from all ethnic, socio-economic, neuro-diverse and professional and personal backgrounds. Whether you’re an experienced trustee or taking your first steps into governance, if you have the commitment, values, and skills, we want to hear from you.

As a trustee, you will receive:

• Induction and training into the role.
• Your expenses reimbursed.
• Opportunities to develop new skills.
• An annual appraisal to help support your development.

Time commitment

The trustee role is voluntary with expenses paid, a commitment of approximately 4-8 hours per month. Six board meetings per year take place – currently virtually via video conference and we have two strategy days that we attend in person.

How to apply

To express an interest in becoming a trustee, please send your CV and/or a short expression of interest stating why you are interested in the role and what skills and attributes you aim to bring, to our trustee, Sally Mason (

If you would like an informal discussion to discuss this role, please contact Sally ( ) or our Chair, Hayley Richards (

We would be grateful if you can also complete and send this diversity form – this is kept anonymously and is not used as part of the selection process, but it helps us understand whether we are reaching all parts of our community equally. If you have any additional access requirements please let us know.

Additional information on the role can be found in our Trustee Recruitment Pack below:

Trustee Recruitment pack 2024

We are requesting expressions of interest by 12th April 2024.

Successful applicants will be expected to undergo an Enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check, as well as company director and charity trustee disqualification checks.