About The Bowlby Centre

The Bowlby Centre is a membership-based mental health charity, created nearly 50 years by an active group of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.  We believe that attachment theory-based therapy is a positive and valuable contribution to the world.  Attachment relationships affect all aspects of people’s internal and external lives.

We are registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  We aim to be the home for the training, development and dissemination of clinical knowledge and research in the field of attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  We offer a four year training course, a 2 year Accredited Prior Learning course, short courses, conferences, low-cost therapy, and a well-respected professional journal.  We successfully completed our quinquennial reaccreditation with UKCP at the end of 2022.

What will you be doing?

Our trustees set the strategy and oversee the management and administration of the Centre.  They ensure that our work aligns with our vision and support the small team and our volunteers to develop and grow the Centre.  We are a small charity and there are times when trustees will be more actively involved, leading task and finish work, presenting externally or using their special expertise.

The Board meets six times a year, remotely and we have an in-person annual strategy day.

There is a trustee and chair role description in the candidate pack.

What are we looking for?

We aim to have a balance of members, psychoanalysts and independent people with an interest in mental health, an understanding of the importance of attachment and the ambition, enthusiasm, energy and commitment to improve and expand our offer.  We are looking for 3-5 people to broaden the thinking on our board.  We are particularly looking for:

  • An independent chair with leadership experience and/or a commercial background
  • A treasurer with experience of small organisation finances, ideally charity finance
  • Expertise in diversity and inclusion, to build an intersectional approach to equity for our services, membership and events
  • Knowledge or experience of adult education/course development.

We would especially welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and other racialised backgrounds; D/deaf and D/disabled people and younger people (under 35), who are all currently under-represented on our Board.

How to apply

Please send a short letter outlining why you are interested in joining our board.  Set out your skills and experience and how you think you can use these to strengthen our board.  Attach a CV or similar (e.g. LinkedIn profile).

Send to: admin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk by 29th October 2023.

If you have any questions prior to making an application or would like to speak to a trustee, please send an email to admin@thebowlbycentre.org.uk and we will arrange this.

For more information visit our website for the recruitment pack: https://thebowlbycentre.org.uk/vacancies/