*Closes 30th November*

PIPS Charity is here to provide support to individuals who are considering, or who have at some point considered, ending their own lives. PIPS also provide support to those families & friends who have been touched by suicide.

PIPS Charity are looking to appoint new Board Trustees with a diverse set of skills and experiences to enable us to be the best we can be. PIPS collectively needs skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Financial Management and Accountancy
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Governance
  • Youth Sector
  • Mental Health
  • Marketing and/or Public Relations/ Media
  • Fundraising, income generation and social enterprises

We are interested in hearing from people who want to help, are willing to dedicate their time and energy to the cause, to our people and who share our passion for PIPS charity.

What benefits can a board member expect to receive?

  • You will play an integral part in the good governance of a charity, not only ensuring that the organisation remains viable and sustainable but ensuring that it adheres closely to its mission and works in the interests of its beneficiaries.
  • It’s an opportunity to develop and hone your critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making and analytical skills as well as developing vital strategic sensibilities and team working skills.
  • It’s a powerful way in which you can contribute to your local community and make a difference to a mental health cause that you really care about.
  • Opportunity to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships.
  • Chance to get involved in every aspect of an organisation. It can be an incredibly effective way to build your skills.
  • You can donate your skills, time and attention to a cause you are passionate about.
  • It’s an opportunity to surround yourself with a wide variety of professional contacts.
  • Being a trustee is a highly rewarding experience and you’ll play a vitally important role. It could be the challenge you’re looking for!

Board Responsibilities:

As the highest leadership body of PIPS and to satisfy its fiduciary duties the board is responsible for:

  • Ensuring PIPS complies with it governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation.
  • Ensuring that PIPS pursues it objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Providing expert counsel to Executive Director as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that PIPS applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • Contributing actively and positively to the Board by giving strategic direction to PIPS.
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of PIPS.
  • Ensuring financial stability and sustainability.
  • Supporting fundraising, resource development and attending special events.
  • Supporting and promoting PIPS public image.
  • Developing a strategic organisational plan.
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organisation and reviewing Board structure, availing of Board training as and when required and carry out Board audits.
  • Approving, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received.
  • Monitoring the organisations risk register.
  • Approving PIPS annual budget and authorising capital expenditure

In addition to the above duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussion, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the Trustee has particular expertise.

Minimum time commitment:

  • Trustees are expected to meet with the Executive Director and Chair prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings.
  • Board meetings are currently held monthly during normal office hours (this is under review).
  • Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings to permit Trustees time to read matter in advance of meetings.
  • Trustees may be asked to join a committee, with meeting times to be arranged.
  • Trustees are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place annually, during the day

PIPS Board Trustee Role Descriptions


This is a voluntary position, however out of pocket expenses incurred while travelling to meetings can be paid.

Meetings Location:

  • 279 – 281 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 2GZ

How to apply:

  • Please submit your CV (no more than a 2 sides of an A4 page CV) and covering letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this position and how you meet the personal specification (no more than 2 sides of an A4 page). Following shortlisting, this will be followed up with an interview (to be arranged).

Closing Date:

  • 30th November 2020

Contact Details:

  • Please contact Renée Quinn (Executive Director) via email renee@pipscharity.com if you require any further information.


PIPS Charity
279-281 Antrim Road
BT15 2GZ

02890 805 850