As demonstrated by the tremendous activity around the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London earlier this year – the Commonwealth is going from strength to strength! And so are we! To reflect this, we are expanding our team and re-structuring our board of Trustees.
The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) is looking for four supportive, innovative and experienced people to join the board of Trustees. The Trustees are to provide expert input and oversight into specific aspects of the CPA’s work and are expected to commit to a two-year tenure. The positions available are treasurer; governance; membership and partnerships; and marketing and fundraising.
Representing close to a million pharmacists throughout the Commonwealth in some of the poorest countries, the CPA advances health, promotes wellbeing and improves medicines-related education and use for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth. By supporting the development of safe and effective systems of medicines management, maximizing the skill level and encouraging the better utilization of the pharmacy workforce, the CPA seeks to encourage the optimization of medicines and health-related advice given to the public, with the aim of improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities throughout the Commonwealth. The CPA’s membership base consists of National Pharmacy Associations of the Commonwealth, and as an affiliated organisation of the Commonwealth, the CPA has a key advocacy role at government level. Originally founded by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1970, the CPA became an independent charity in 2015 and a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2017.
Responsibilities All CPA trustees are required to:
· Provide a strategic vision for the charity
· Be responsible for the CPA complying with all legal and regulatory requirements
· Taking due care of CPA employees including providing HR support
The specific duties of the Treasurer are:
· Provide annual budget and financial reports with the Executive Director
· Ensuring reports are provided to the Charity Commission on time and in full
· Ensuring the CPA has appropriate reserves and investment policies
The skills required for the other positions are:
Knowledge of Charity Commission requirements
Experience of developing organisational policies
Membership and partnerships
Experience of developing partnerships
Experience of membership organisations
Marketing and fundraising
Knowledge of fundraising
Experience of marketing in the charity and/or healthcare sector
Understanding of social media
Practical considerations An understanding of pharmacy and/or international development is preferred but is not essential. Any legal, strategic and/or high-level advocacy background would also be advantageous. All applicants will require references and to attend quarterly Trustee meetings – these can be attended in person in central London or via Skype. This is a voluntary position but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
To apply please send a CV and covering letter to the CPA by 9am Wednesday 18th July. Interviews for those shortlisted will be held in Central London on the 23rd/24th July.