Co-opted member: Grants Advisory Committee

We are seeking a new Co-opted member of the Grants Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is 1st July 2024.

28 May 2024

Job details


ORTUS, 82-96 Grove Lane London SE5 8SN





Closing date

July 1, 2024

Our board of trustees has two main committees. An investment advisory committee and a Grants Advisory Committee (GAC).

The committee is currently made up of four trustees and is chaired by Catherine Lee – you can see information on our trustees here. The Charity has benefitted from adding co-opted, non-trustee, members to its investment advisory committee to increase the breadth of knowledge and provide different perspective on its work. We want to replicate this with our grants committee.

We want to ensure that we bring best practice and fresh perspectives into our grantmaking. We have strong experience in the grantmaking sector within our committed team and Board of Trustees, and we are looking for someone who will enhance the skills and knowledge we have.

The role

The role of a GAC coopted (non-trustee) member is to:

  • Maintain oversight of grant-giving activities of the Charity to ensure:
    • funding allocated is in line with its formal objectives, strategic goals and change model.
    • grant giving practice is in line with agreed policy, legislation and good practice.
  • Contribute to reviews and ongoing development of grant-giving policy and practice including how the Charity meets its commitments to DEI and inclusive grant-making.
  • Receive and feedback on impacts and other reporting to ensure the Charity is achieving its desired impact over time from its grant-giving proportionate to scale of grant and level of risks associated.
  • Provide support and challenge to the Programmes Director and team.
  • Occasionally attending internal briefing meetings and training.
  • Occasionally attend other relevant external events on behalf of the charity.
  • Contribute relevant specialist experience

Contribute General Experience:

  • Contribute to the discussions and decision-making that take place during meetings from a general point of view, as someone who has knowledge and experience relevant to the work of the committee.
  • A keen interest in the charitable sector and in improving mental health and health care.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, diversity, equity and inclusion in the charitable sector and how this relates to grant-making.
  • Understanding of good governance and the difference between governance and management functions.
  • Ability to take an independent view which varies from that of other committee members.
  • Relevant knowledge, perspective, insight, and understanding gathered through lived experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Maudsley Charity.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with experience in grant-making.


  • Experience of designing, developing and improving grant-making programmes.
  • Grant-making experience in at least one of the following:
    • to community organisations; including small organisations
    • healthcare improvement
    • place based grant-making


  • directly working with a grants committee or board
  • knowledge related to mental health

Terms of appointment

Appointments will be for a two-year term, renewable up to a consecutive period of no more than nine years.

We expect the first term to commence at a meeting of the committee in October 2024 with a short induction period beforehand.

How to apply and key dates

To apply for this opportunity please send your C.V. and a statement on why you want to apply and how your experience makes you suitable for the role (max two sides). Please send your application to

Closing date: Midday, 1 July 2024
Invitation to interview: w/c 8 July 2024
Interviews: 24 July 2024
Appointment: 29 July 2024
Induction: 20 Sept – mid-October 2024
First GAC Meeting: 17 October 2024