Lay Trustee

  • Job Reference: 00001093-1
  • Date posted: 7 June 2024
  • Recruiter: British Psychotherapy Foundation
  • Location: Kilburn, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/benefits: Eligible to claim reasonable travel expenses
  • Sector: Mental Health
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description

About the British Psychotherapy Foundation: History and organisation

The British psychotherapy foundation was set up in 2013 through the merger with three former small psychotherapy training bodies: British Association of Physiotherapists, Lincoln Clinic and Centre for Psychotherapy and the London Centre for Psychotherapy.

The merger presented a rare opportunity to consolidate the strengths and resources of the different organisations but, equally, to create a unique, single professional body able to offer training in four psychotherapy disciplines: psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Jungian analysis and child and adolescent psychotherapy.

Reflecting this unique mix of disciplines the bpf itself today consists of three associations:  the Independent Psychoanalytical Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (IPCAPA); British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA); and the Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Association (PPA).

The bpf overall is led by a Board of Trustees who are largely elected by the body's membership including the Chair of each of the associations. The Board also provides for a small number of lay/external trustees to be appointed. These provisions were enabled in a revision to the charity's original Articles carried out in 2019.

Today the organisation is one of the UK's leading training providers and membership bodies for people working in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Jungian analysis, and child and adolescent psychotherapy. It has about 550 members, comprising 400 qualified members and about 150 trainee members.  It is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, through which individual members are regulated to practice.


We are currently seeking two lay trustees who can bring a high level of knowledge and experience in financial and safeguarding expertise to our board. We are looking for people who are interested in learning about the field of psychoanalysis and are willing to understand the complexities and difficulties involved in providing high quality, intensive trainings, and low-fee psychotherapy in a financially difficult environment. The bpf is committed to finding creative and innovative ways of meeting our charitable objectives which include increasing access to psychoanalysis and widening the diversity of our membership.

The ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to the bpf’s mission and values and will bring a high level of knowledge and experience in either of the two following key areas:

  • a lay trustee to sit on the board and support the trustees to make sound financial strategic decisions, and to help the trustees interpret the advice given by the audit and risk committee. The financial trustee should have a strong financial background and experience in financial decision-making.
  • a lay trustee who can hold responsibility for oversight of safeguarding in the organisation. The trustee will work closely with our Head of Safeguarding and our Child Safeguarding lead and will provide the board with assurance and feedback about our safeguarding policies and compliance. The bpf needs to provide safeguarding for our staff, our professional members, our trainees and our patients.

Essential criteria

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate some aspects of the following:

  • understanding of the role of a Board of Trustees.
  • ability to challenge rigorously and debate constructively.
  • strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • genuine interest in the work of the British Psychotherapy Foundation.
  • strong financial background, preferably a qualified accountant.
  • knowledge of safeguarding practices as determined by the Safeguarding Adult Board and Charity Commission experience.

We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic [BAME] candidates.

The successful candidates must abide by The Nolan principles – The seven principles of public life (See Annex A)

Time commitment and term of office

Meetings are held quarterly with members attending brief pre- and post-meeting private discussions.

Trustees may be contacted between meetings via email or telephone, on a limited basis and only as strictly necessary.

Meetings are scheduled one year in advance and dates will only change in exceptional circumstances. Attendance is recorded and published as part of the annual reporting cycle.

Meetings primarily take place online via teams.

The initial term of office is three years, subject to performance. Members are not employees of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. The British Psychotherapy Foundation has discretion to renew the appointment at the end of the first term of office, subject to consistently good performance. There should therefore be no assumption of automatic reappointment.

Remuneration and expenses

The Board of Trustees members do not receive a fee but are eligible to claim reasonable expenses for travel incurred on British Psychotherapy Foundation business.

The Recruitment process: How to apply and submit your application To apply, please click the 'Apply for this job now' button. You will be redirected to our website where you will be able to submit your application.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role please contact Frances Gillies or Jean Knox.

Closing Date: 30th of June 2024 at 11:30pm

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