Health Equalities Group – x2 Trustee Positions

Health Equalities Group (HEG) is a public health charity started in 2005 under the original name ‘Heart of Mersey’. The charity undertakes research, policy change activities, and delivers public health interventions and education programmes relating to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers) and reduction of health inequalities in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Our influence and impact over the last 15 years has been significant. HEG was the lead agency to advocate for an introduction of smoke-free policies in Liverpool ahead of national legislation in 2007 and was formative in bringing about the UK Government’s ‘Sugar Tax’ in 2018. HEG currently leads the North West’s healthy weight programme (Food Active), whilst our Healthy Stadia programme is UEFA’s current partner for health and wellbeing, resulting in high profile health projects delivered for EURO 2016 and Champions League Finals.

We are continuing a period of growth and development as we aim to increase our social impact at regional, national and international levels. Our Board of Trustees currently includes preeminent figures from epidemiology, finance, public health, marketing, the education sector, human resources and legal services.

As part of our plans for growth we are seeking new trustees to play a strategic role for the charity with skills and experience in the following disciplines. Please note we are particularly keen to recruit female candidates for this intake to our board:

• Business Development: An individual with a strong track record of income generation, securing new contracts through tendering and business development strategies. Your skills will be essential in helping to plan and enhance HEG’s growth over the years ahead. Financial acumen would also be a distinct advantage for this role.

• Communications: We are particularly keen to secure new trustees from a communications background, with a specific focus on corporate communications and media relations. HEG currently delivers life changing programmes at both national and international level, and we need to strengthen public awareness of our work and the issues we are tackling through engagement of the mass media and targeted stakeholders.

What can we offer you?

In return for attending four evening-based trustee meetings per year, and occasional sub-committee meetings, you will be part of an ambitious, growing organisation that is delivering public benefit through our research, health interventions, campaigns and advocacy activities. You will be joining and supporting an organisation that is recognised at European-level for our work on tackling health inequalities. You will also be able to act as an ‘Ambassador’ for the group at events and ceremonies throughout the year.

We will also, where possible, offer you professional development opportunities and the opportunity to be included in the press and publicity of our work.

Please note that as we are a registered charity we are unable to pay trustees. Reasonable expenses will however be reimbursed.


If you are interested in applying for a trustee position with Health Equalities Group, please send your CV and a one page letter of application illustrating why you are interested in the role, how your skills and experience are aligned to the areas of expertise we require, any previous experience of acting as a trustee, and how you will add overall value to the Board.

We will be interviewing for new trustees in late September, so please respond to us by Wednesday 16th September 2020 at the latest.

Please send CV and brief letter of application to: matthew.philpott@healthystadia.eu

For any initial enquiries or an informal chat about these roles, please contact HEG Executive Director, Matthew Philpott at matthew.philpott@healthystadia.eu or on 07826533013.

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