Employer Upmo
Job Type Voluntary
Region Edinburgh, City of
Salary Min Voluntary
Salary Max Voluntary
Closing Date 02/02/2024
Website URL


Type: Voluntary Position
Location: Board meetings are a mixture of online and in person (Edinburgh)
Closing Date: Friday 2nd February

Upmo are an Edinburgh-based charity that provides support and opportunity for adults with learning disabilities and autism across Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. Upmo was founded in 2006 by Josh Barton and inspired by the belief that services for adults could truly be exciting, dynamic and meaningful.

In 2006, adults with learning disabilities lacked opportunities in higher education and there was a lack of understanding around individual needs. Those who understood the needs of service users operated with limited scope to encourage, inspire and motivate. As a result, many service users were isolated and desperately in need of opportunities to become more socially engaged, active and valued.
The response from Upmo was combining progressive learning within an educational curriculum and the development of support service provision – placing the needs of students at the heart of services. Distinguishing themselves by adopting an unconventional approach, Upmo provides custom-tailored support services alongside a well-regarded curriculum featuring creative workshops, educational activities, and vocational programs. The charity has also expanded its impact through a growing number of social enterprises aimed at creating job opportunities and preparing students for employment.
Upmo are currently seeking a Board Chair who shares their vision and values, possessing the energy, passion, and skills to drive forward a successful and dynamic future. The next step for Upmo is consolidation, both operationally and at board level, the incoming Chair will play a crucial role in providing inclusive leadership to the Trustees and CEO. The Chair’s responsibilities include ensuring that Upmo values are upheld, and that its activities operate within governance frameworks and are in the interests of its beneficiaries.
To be considered for this role, you should be an experienced strategic leader, with strong personal skills and a good degree of financial acumen, as well as an understanding and knowledge of the sector and its current operational landscape. An understanding of the adult disability/autism world is desirable but not essential.

The Board of Trustees meet four times per year, with every second meeting being held in person in Edinburgh.

How to Apply:

Please email us at to request an information pack, role description and person specification.

Closing Date: Friday 2nd February

This search is being conducted exclusively for Upmo by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.

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