Recruiting new TSA Trustees

What are we looking for?
We are currently recruiting trustees to the TSA Board to make sure we have the skills and experience needed to support the delivery of our new five year strategy.  In particular, we are looking to recruit younger people, women, and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.  We are keen to recruit people who have digital expertise, knowledge of the research investment landscape, and a strong understanding of social care, residential care and education issues.

What is the role of a charity trustee?
The Charity Commission website has a short section setting out the role and responsibilities of a charity trustee.  You can find this information here: 

What is involved in being a TSA trustee?
You can find out more about the TSA, our charitable objectives and our new five year strategy here: You can find a list of our current Board members at the same link.  

The TSA asks its trustees to do the following:
  • Attend four Board meetings each year.
  • Three Board meetings take place on a Saturday in London, usually in March, June and September.
  • The fourth Board meeting takes place on a Friday night before the TSA Big Day, usually in November.
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting.  The AGM takes place on the morning of the TSA Big Day.  It is an opportunity for people living with TSC and their families to hold the Board to account for its performance over the previous year.
  • Consider joining a Board sub-committee.  The TSA’s Board subcommittees include Finance Committee (FINCOM), Research Committee (RESCOM), Development Committee (DEVCOM) and Nominations Committee (NOMCOM).  There is no obligation to join a sub-committee, and most people join the Board and get to know the TSA better before considering whether they wish to take on any additional responsibilities.
  • We pay expenses for trustees including travel, accommodation and providing care for any dependent children or adults to ensure that there are no barriers to becoming a TSA trustee.

How do I apply for the role?
If you wish to apply to become a TSA trustee, you should:
1. Write one side of A4 paper setting out your biography, experience and interest in TSC and the TSA.
2. Complete the attached TSA skills audit.
Both of these documents should be returned to TSA Chief Executive Louise Fish ( by Friday 11 January.  

What will happen next?
The TSA’s Nomination Committee (NOMCOM) will review all of the written applications and draw up a shortlist of candidates.  Shortlisted candidates will have a structured conversation with at least two existing trustees prior to the full TSA Board considering the applications and making appointments.  

We hope to appoint three new trustees at our next TSA Board meeting on Saturday 9 March.  We will ask other applicants if we can add their names to our prospective trustee list and come back to them when their experience and skills become the priority requirements needed to balance the TSA Board.  

Please email TSA Chief Executive Louise Fish ( if you would like an informal conversation before deciding whether to apply to become a trustee.