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Chair of the Board of Trustees



EMMS International, Scotland’s pioneering international healthcare charity founded in 1841, operates from Scotland to improve healthcare for impoverished communities globally. Collaborating with partners in India, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Scotland and Zambia, EMMS International focuses on improving health and healthcare for underserved populations.

Their initiatives include:

  • Non-Communicable Disease:
    • Palliative care development in rural Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Zambia
    • Dementia day-care in Edinburgh, Scotland;
  • Global Healthcare Workforce:
    • Supporting vulnerable women into healthcare careers in Malawi, Nepal and India,
    • Building a new College of Nursing in India;
  • Climate & Financial Sustainability of Healthcare:
    • Installing Solar Power in hospitals in India & Malawi;
  • Health Emergency Response.
    • Teenage Pregnancy Reduction in Malawi,
    • Earthquake Response in Nepal,
    • Leprosy re-elimination in Nepal.

EMMS International adopts a comprehensive approach, enhancing healthcare resources through education, infrastructure development and supporting government health strategy, while combatting inequalities and all discrimination to empower vulnerable communities.

They assist families in accessing healthcare services and breaking the cycle of poverty and injustice by implementing sustainable healthcare solutions with partners. EMMS International advocates for justice and empowerment by providing education and strengthening local health services.

EMMS International and their wonderful team deliver not just hope for the future but tangible and sustainable change.

The role

EMMS International is on the search for their next Chair to head up their Board of Trustees to provide effective governance.

Role responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring good governance of the charity, both directly and through delegation
  • Chairing 4 Board meetings and AGM each year
  • Leading and supporting trustees including carrying out an annual evaluation of Board effectiveness
  • Line managing the CEO
  • Optional membership of two sub-committees
  • Supporting the Leadership team through promoting the work of EMMS
  • Time and commitment to reading and absorbing Board Papers

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Substantial previous governance experience
  • Prior experience of membership of a charity Board
  • Prior experience of line management of staff at senior level
  • High levels of professionalism
  • An ability to provide authoritative, respected and incisive leadership to the Board and be able to guide the CEO
  • Commitment to supporting the values of a Christian charity

The Board meets quarterly, and the Chair agrees the Agenda with the CEO.

Time commitment estimated to be 2 days per month. The role is non-remunerated, although reasonable expenses can be reimbursed.

This role offers a unique opportunity to make a real and tangible impact by providing governance to a wonderful organisation that provides hope and sustainable change to those in need.

This post is a disclosure-accepted post for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. EMMS International has a commitment to child and vulnerable adult protection and its own Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy.

More information on the role can be found on the dedicated microsite at 

If you’re interested in becoming Chair of EMMS International, get in touch with Lauryn Pringle or Debbie Shields at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

You can apply by uploading your covering letter and CV (as one combined document) below.

Closing date: Monday 27th May