The Clare Milne Trust funds registered charities and other organisations, supporting people living with disabilities in Devon and Cornwall who can demonstrate that they are small and well run. 

Clare Milne was the granddaughter of A.A Milne, the author and creator of Winnie the Pooh. She was much loved by family and friends and was full of life despite the challenges of living with cerebral palsy.  In 1998 Clare received a significant sum of money following the sale of the copyright royalties from her grandfather’s books and the Trust was formally set up in 1999 by her mother, Lesley Milne and their family solicitor and friend of many years, Michael Brown. 

We are actively looking to appoint a new trustee who will be based in Cornwall or Devon and can bring fresh thinking and new skills to our Board.  We are also keen to hear from people with lived experience of disability, their carers and advocates.  Trustees bring different skills, experiences and perspectives, all really important and valuable in our work, ensuring a healthy approach and objective discourse. Previous board experience is not a pre-requisite, with a welcoming induction, mentoring and opportunity for training; we work as a team with a supportive approach.

For further information about the Clare Milne Trust and the Recruitment Process, please see the attached Recruitment Pack and speak to our Recruitment Partner, Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment. 


CEDA is a long established and well-respected local charity providing high quality, person centred support to disabled people in Devon.  Our vision is to work with disabled people to become visible and valued members of society and to live the life they have chosen for themselves. The organisation’s work is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of individuals with different areas of interest and expertise, including knowledge and experience of disability and/or voluntary sector practice and with a broad range of management skills.  

We are currently looking to recruit a new Trustee who can share their financial acumen with our Board, ensuring our financial governance is robust and supports both our work and our vision.   The role in unpaid and Trustees are expected to be able to attend the Board meetings and have the time to make an effective contribution to our work. Typically, there are 4 meetings per year with additional meetings as required for specific purposes – eg budget setting, salary reviews, etc.

If you have a keen interest in social care and disability along with the necessary experience to support our financial oversight and scrutiny, please call or email our Recruitment Partner, Jackie Dawkins on or 01884/841751 to discuss this further.


Surfers Against Sewage are ocean activists, campaigning for a thriving ocean and thriving people. Over the last 30 years Surfers Against Sewage has grown into one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities. And we’re still growing.

For people to thrive and live life to the fullest, the ocean must thrive too. And so we need to confront all that threatens it. We are a campaigning charity made up of water lovers who protect the ocean and all it makes possible. We take action on the ground that triggers change at the top. Action from the beachfront, to the front-bench.

Through our innovative and ambitious campaigning and education programmes, we’re building a community that cares deeply about the planet we live on. That cares passionately about the ocean. And that knows the difference people power can really make. 

The heritage of our organisation is anchored in the ocean. Yet our reach and influence now permeates communities and institutions nationwide.

We now need to appoint a new Treasurer Trustee, you will be an experienced and qualified finance professional who shares our passion and will support us to ensure our financial governance is robust and able to support our future growth. 

We are working with Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment who will be delighted to speak to you about this opportunity and what it means to be a Trustee. 

Please download our Information Pack to find out more about the role and how to apply.

Closing Date: Sunday 18th February 2024

TRUSTEE VACANCY – Westcountry Rivers Trust

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is looking for a new Trustee.  Formed in 1994, the Trust was established to restore Westcountry rivers.  Measures to protect rivers can help to save money for farmers, lower costs for water companies, boost tourism, reduce the need to dredge estuaries and even benefit human health.  Everything the Trust does is informed by the best available science. Their work is driven by an ‘ecosystems approach,’ considering the function of the entire catchment, not just the rivers that flow within them.

Today this thriving charity works with a wide range of stakeholders from landowners to local communities, businesses, farmers and water companies to restore and protect the rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas for the benefit of people, wildlife and the local economy.  In addition, a growing number of individual volunteers and groups are becoming increasingly involved in the work of protecting rivers.  We are seeking to support and embrace groups as they form, encouraging them to deliver our remit and targets under our guidance as well as strengthen our educational offer.

We need, therefore, to develop the resources required to do this effectively and are seeking to create an education and engagement fund.  We believe that this fund will allow us to sustainably release resources to deliver this work and we are looking to grow both a capital investment sum but also secure annual donations on a rolling basis to go alongside small-scale funding from grant giving trusts.

We are looking for a Trustee who has the experience to guide and support us on how best to meet and work with those individuals and organisations who share our vision and are able to contribute to the development of our education and engagement strategy.

Please contact Jackie Dawkins at Shine Charity Recruitment for further information and additional documents.


Balloons is a well loved and highly respected child bereavement charity working across Exeter, Mid and East Devon. We make a big difference to the lives of children, young people and families through providing bereavement support before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives.  We like to think we are a small charity with a big presence in our local community.

Our core work is delivering face to face, one to one, bespoke support sessions to 5-25 year olds through a trained team of volunteer ‘Grief Support Workers’. These sessions enable grieving children and young people to tell us how they feel–we are neutral, not a caregiver, not a teacher or other professional.  In addition, our young people have the opportunity to attend our Activity Days, participating in a range of activities to enhance their personal sense of wellbeing.  We also run a telephone helpline for families and training for professionals.  We are proud to have been awarded the Queens Award for Volunteering, as well as recent funding from Comic Relief and Children in Need, which has included being covered on TV.

Our current Chair is due to retire next year, and we are now starting the journey to appoint someone new.  The Chair will share our values and work with a committed, friendly CEO, Board of Trustees and staff who motivate, inspire and support each other to make change and give assurance. It is important to us that you will have previous charity Board experience and marketing/income generation/fundraising background would be a great asset, adding to the range of experience at Board level. We are looking for someone who is credible and compassionate, is an active listener, will support healthy debate and empower the Board to be effective in carrying out its role. Our new chair will understand the difference between strategy and operations, will be a sounding board to our CEO and will be a proud ambassador for Balloons, comfortable representing us in a range of settings. For further information about us and to find out how to apply, please download the attached information pack.


Are you looking for an opportunity to help save lives across the UK? If you have the Board level experience we’re looking for, and share our goals and values, then we might just have the role for you.

 We’re looking for a new Chair of Trustees to join the Board of Air Ambulances UK (AAUK) – the national charity focused on championing and supporting the lifesaving work of the UK’s 21 air ambulance charities. This young charity has been through a forming stage over the last three years and we are now looking forward to building on our achievements and an exciting future.  This is an excellent time to be joining us as we continue to deliver our five-year strategic plan ‘Saving More Lives Together 2021-2025′.

 Our new Chair will be able to demonstrate experience of effectively chairing meetings, encouraging scrutiny and respectful challenge, ensuring everyone’s voice is heard and that the Board remains focussed and strategic. This is a high-profile role with a national charity, so we need someone with an engaging and inspiring communication style and who is able to represent us in a professional and confident manner.  Naturally, a good understanding of charity trusteeship and governance is really important.  Equally important is finding someone who shares our core values of Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Excellence and Kindness.

 We welcome applications from people who are not well represented at Board level, and although this role is not remunerated we pay all relevant and reasonable expenses associated with being a Trustee.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please download our Information Pack.  Our retained recruitment partner, Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment, will be happy to speak to you further about trusteeship and the work of the AAUK.


Navigate registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2019 but the work of the charity started in 2011 as a natural development of the work of Wessex Resolutions CIC.  Their vision is to eliminate social isolation and financial hardship by working with individuals and families who live in Somerset and Devon struggling with this.  Typically, clients are referred to them and their experienced specialist advisers offer 1:1 advice, group-support and training with the needs of clients are at the heart of all they do.  The charity recognises that every person is an individual, everyone’s circumstances are different so they tailor their approach and delivery accordingly, working at a pace that suits the client and using delivery styles that will encourage clients to engage and feel empowered.

In addition, they have developed the Navigate the Money Maze courses and workshops which are delivered to young people across a variety of settings and provide vital tools and knowledge to help young people to manage their finances and avoid spiralling debt. 

We are now working with this young and dynamic charity to help them to find a new Trustee to join their Board.  We are particularly keen to talk to people who have a background in education, who understand the impact of debt on people’s mental health and would like to be involved with a charity that is actively taking steps to tackle this. 

Please see attached social impact report for more information about their work.

If you would like to talk further about this opportunity or trusteeship in general, please contact Jackie Dawkins ( 01884841751


Helping people to thrive – not just survive

Simply Counselling is a community interest company based in Plymouth providing counselling services to people across the South West.  Founded in 2006 by the current Chief Executive, today a team of 30 counsellors delivering person-centred counselling that holds their clients’ needs at the heart of that counselling. 

It is now time to recruit additional directors to the Board.  We are looking for people who are as passionate about improving mental health as we are and can bring some additional financial expertise to the Board as well as marketing, HR and Governance experience and knowledge.

Our Board meets six times a year at the Family Matters offices in Stoke, Plymouth.  We currently meeting during the middle of the day, but have some flexibility around this and have met in the late afternoon in the past. 

We are working with Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment who is supporting our search for new directors.  She will be delighted to speak to you about this role and provide further information, advice and guidance in becoming a volunteer Director –

Please see our information pack for more details about us and how to apply. 

Trustee Vacancies, Cued Speech

What is Cued Speech?

Cued  Speechuses the natural lip patterns of speech with a handshape close to the mouth which disambiguates sounds that look the same on the lips, for example M, P, B.   This simple code replicates every sound /phoneme of speech, at the speed of speech. It turns most spoken languages into 96% accurate visual language for the deaf. It is based on visible phonemes thus giving the receiver direct access to literacy. It is very different to the pictorial BSL which has no written format  

There are many thousands of success stories of individuals and families who have used Cued Speech to comprehend their country’s language, some from a few months old and some in adulthood.

Cued Speech UK currently has a gap on their board for two Trustees with financial/business or medical/education background. This is at a time when the charity is expanding their work and going through a change process which includes re-branding and developing a trading arm to the Charity.

This is an exciting period of change and new skills are needed on the Board to support the strategic plan which includes careful budget planning and more emphasis on PR and marketing of the products. The charity currently have an annual budget of between £250,000 and £300,000 and 95% of this comes from funding applications to Charitable Trusts.  They have eight  members of staff and currently have seven Trustees, this includes three parents or grandparents of deaf children (now adults) one deaf adult, a teacher of the deaf.

Please contact Jackie Dawkins ( if you would like to find out more.