Hamelin Trust

Appointment of new Board Members

Hamelin Trust

Trustee Recruitment Campaign 2023

Board Appointments

Founded 40 years ago by two families raising children with learning disabilities to provide life-enriching support that was not readily available, affordable, or easy to access for families just like them.

This mission still drives the Hamelin Trust today and sits at the heart of everything they do.  Proudly supporting families and the community across Essex through their specialist and community outreach services, they offer high-quality training, socialising and personalised care for young people and adults with learning disabilities and who are neurodivergent. Together with respite for families in need of a much-valued break. A provision that is enhanced through the unique insight they have gained into the needs, opportunities, and challenges faced by people who are neurodivergent or have a learning disability as they go through life built up over the past four decades.

They also have an eye to the future, working tirelessly to develop their strategy and governance to ensure a brighter and more sustainable future and growth to meet the ever-increasing need and changing demands of the community they serve, with the requirement to build and recruit a reinvigorated Board seen as fundamental to the achievement of their ambitious plans.

“Philip was approached and spent a lot of time looking at the charity as well as engaging in conversations with staff, serving trustees and beneficiaries and families to understand what the Charity wishes to achieve going forward. 

It was this level of insight supported by his knowledge and expertise that has made this a seamless process.  An initial search proved invaluable and provided the Charity with a  wealth of opportunity and after joint consideration between the Leadership Team and Board, an inspiring shortlist was created and the Charity now has three new, dynamic, innovative and exciting Trustees, who are already making an impact. 

Philip’s thoughtful approach has meant the Charity has a diverse and engaged group who, with their backgrounds bring multiple skills. 

His approach was also tailored to the model of joint working the Board and Executive wish to achieve, and his understanding of the motivations and values of both the Charity and the new Trustees have created an incredibly exciting Board that won’t be hampered by ‘Group Think’. 

Philip’s support during the process was incredibly valuable. He was able to challenge preconceptions and guide the Charity to a better place in terms of Board engagement and skill. 

Our thanks go to Philip for his innate professionalism, understanding of what was needed, his guidance and as we continue to evolve and grow and deliver equity, his true understanding of the task and hugely successful completion. and skills in this regard.”    

— Ru Watkins, Chief Executive

With an ambition to ensure that all young people and adults with learning disabilities lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives that allow Mum and Dad to be Mum and Dad.

Hamelin Trust sought three individuals with the ability to help the charity sharpen its thinking, with a background within care, finance, and as a business connector to support, drive and help them to deliver on their ambitious plans; with all three candidates appointed being identified through the proactive search conducted by Philip Nelson from The Hiring Dept.

The search also resulted in the brokering of a new corporate partnership with Readie Construction, a Romford based award winning main contractor, delivering high quality construction projects for the industrial, logistics and commercial sectors.

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