Vice Chair of Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee candidate information

Vice Chair of Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee 

RNIB is here to support blind and partially sighted people as we strive to live our best lives. We do it through services and through campaigning. Safeguarding is central to the way we do business and it’s everyone’s responsibility at RNIB. It’s a responsibility we have for everyone we are in contact with; a responsibility to all the customers who use our services, to our staff and to our volunteers and more. Anything less is unacceptable. An integral part of this responsibility is ensuring we are all doing the absolute best we can do to make our approach to safeguarding the best it can be.
Ensuring we have the right guidance, including policies and procedures, governance and resources in place is vital. It is also crucial we have the best people in place to oversee our safeguarding on RNIB’s Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee. We are looking for a Vice Chair of the Committee who will help us ensure we can deliver the services which enable blind and partially sighted people to live our very best lives. It’s a challenge and a great opportunity as in a fast-moving world where blind and partially sighted people face unprecedented challenges, our services are evolving rapidly. As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, RNIB has needed to act fast and innovate, to get the individuals and organisations who could help, to work with us to ensure blind and partially sighted people continued access to food and other essentials.
We have to be agile and we are constantly planning ahead, thinking about what is needed in a fast moving world, while making our contribution to the way that we all live now.
We are ambitious. Alongside our well established work, such as transcription and library services, we want to ensure that we close the gaps in educational attainment, employment and health inequalities.
We are resolutely focused on the needs of blind and partially sighted people, so we need to ensure RNIB is staffed by the right people, working with the best volunteers, in a working culture that brings out the best in everyone.
Our approach to safeguarding defines that culture. So, in the critical role of Vice Chair of the RSSC Committee, like elsewhere in our organisation, we need the best. RNIB stands side by side with blind and partially sighted people through every challenge. If you feel that you share our values and can help, we’d love to hear from you. This is a real opportunity to help us meet the challenge.

About the role

The RNIB Board of Trustees is seeking a Vice Chair for its Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee (RSSC). The Board of Trustees of RNIB has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to safeguard those connected with our organisation from harm. This includes:

  • People who benefit from our work (our customers);

  • Staff;

  • Volunteers;

  • Other people connected to our activities.

Safeguarding means the range of measures in place to protect people from abuse and maltreatment of any kind.

Download the candidate information pack

How to apply

We ask that an application consists of the following three documents: 

  • A supporting statement, which addresses and provides evidence against the criteria set out in the person specification. The supporting statement provides you with the opportunity to explain your motivation for applying, as well as highlighting how your experience and achievements fit with the requirements of the role. As such, it is an important part of the application process. Please also include a note stating whether you are interested in taking on this role as a paid or voluntary position.

  • A copy of your CV. 

  • Our diversity monitoring form should also be completed and returned. The information you provide in this form will not be shown to the Selection Panel and will play no part in the assessment of your application. 

For an informal discussion about the role and to get a copy of the diversity monitoring form, please contact Melissa Baxter at Russam, which is working with RNIB on the recruitment process, by email at [email protected]. Please put your name in the subject field of the email. For an informal discussion about the role or the process, please contact Melissa on email or call on: 07789 985 229.


Closing Date: 9 November 2021

Preliminary interviews with agency: w/c 22 November 2021

Shortlisting: w/c 6 December 2021

Interviews with RNIB: w/c: 3 January 2022