Better Pathways
Trustee Opportunities

Business Development/Sales

Are you passionate about supporting the third sector? Do you want to ‘give back’ and have time to help us achieve our ambitious plans for growth? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Better Pathways is a Birmingham based mental health charity that has been delivering support to people with mental health issues, learning disabilities and other neurodiverse conditions for over 60 years. We support our participants to build back good mental health and wellbeing, to access services in the community and to move into paid employment, education, training and volunteering opportunities. We do this through the Vocational Pathways Programme delivered in our social enterprises onsite in Digbeth, and through statutory sector contracts delivered in the community.

We are a relatively small charity, with a current turnover of just under £1m, but with big ambitions to grow. Our agenda is broad and complex, and we are looking for Trustees with the right experience to provide advice, guidance and practical support to help us achieve our aims.

Business Development/Sales:
If you have experience and networks in the fulfilment and signage industries in particular and would be energised by the prospect of helping us to grow our business relationships and turnover, then we have just the opportunity for you across our three social enterprises:
Better Packing: Contract packing and assembly fulfilment
Better Signage: Business signage services and we have plans to introduce a range of personalised products direct to the consumer
Better Woodwork: Products for the home and garden made from reclaimed timber

We have updated our branding and website, are reaching out on LinkedIn, attending networking events and more. But as we start to concentrate on new product development, especially in our Signage and Woodwork enterprises, expertise in how best to reach the right markets and to convert ideas into increased revenues would be a much welcomed addition to our skillset.

We own our building. We love it, but it leaks when it rains and is difficult and expensive to heat and maintain. We have ambitious plans to ‘Raise the Roof’ (ie, build a new one), and to build in a mezzanine floor to create capacity for growth. This will need funds and donations ‘in kind’. If you can help with this part of our plan, we’d love to hear from you.

Time Commitment
Board meetings: once a quarter (4pm – 6pm)
Strategy session (4 hours): once a year, twice maximum
Other commitments: occasional ad-hoc meetings, again kept to a minimum

Expressions of interest in any of these Trustee opportunities should be by telephone call or email in the first instance to David Tucker, Board Chair on 07881 816019 or at [email protected] or to Sue Roberts, Chief Executive on 07753 327821 or at [email protected]