Chris Bielby will be stepping down at the end of 2020 after 10 years as chair of the Gas Safety Trust, and the charity is seeking a new chair, as well as new trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance and is the ultimate decision-making body, responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Gas Safety Trust’s aims and objectives. Mr Bielby will remain a trustee.
The roles are unpaid but reasonable expenses will be paid. There is no fixed term of office. Each trustee appointment comes up for renewal on a rotating three-year basis, and it is expected that the chair would serve a minimum two terms (ie, six years).
The Gas Safety Trust was established in 2005 as a registered charitable body and has the key objectives of further improving gas/fossil fuel safety for the public and industry throughout the UK, and reducing the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide (CO) exposure. The Trust does this through funding research and data collection relating to CO poisoning.
The trust has become the leading gas safety research charity and is committed to becoming the trusted source of evidence-based information relating to CO. This evidence is used to inform and implement far-reaching safety initiatives for the betterment of safety in the UK.
Some examples of our current projects include the possible link between CO and other conditions (co-morbidities), CO exposure risks to pregnant women and the foetus, CO in the leisure environment and CO emissions from solid fuels.
Since 2013, we have awarded £2.5 million to a variety of programmes and projects relating to gas/fossil fuel safety and carbon monoxide exposure.
The Gas Safety Trust is committed to diversity and providing equal opportunities for all. Experience of operating at a strategic level in an organisation, and across a wide range of stakeholders, including government, and a broad knowledge of gas/fossil fuel safety – and specifically CO risks – would be an advantage.
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