Location: Remote

Contract: Voluntary

Remuneration: Reasonable expenses paid

Entering 2022 is a dynamic time for this charity. Alongside all the work we are doing currently, we are looking at how I CAN is able to spread its influence across the education system over the coming years.

We intend that the charity becomes the 'go-to' organisation for children and young people's speech and language needs. To do this, we are looking afresh at our brand, at our ways of marketing products, at our outstanding project work, and at how we bring our two schools' distinctive approach to speech and language to a national audience.

At their core charities are about income and impact. The two interact. What the charity's executive and Board seek to do is always achieve creatively 'more with less'.

You can view our current Board on our website. A couple of trustees have come to the end of their terms of office. Jean Gross has been with I CAN for 11 years - not an easy act to follow!

We are looking to appoint new trustees who will bring fresh, diverse thinking and share our ambitions for I CAN's future. We are not looking for a particular skills-set, but you will bring to the table a 'can-do' frame of mind, excellent inter-personal skills and a passion for our mission. These are of course voluntary roles which require a few set days of your time each year - and lots of ideas and support in between. We hold Board meetings in person, and committees virtually.

If you are interested, download our information pack from the bottom of this page and if you share our passion, please write a short letter (no more than 350 words) to Roy Blatchford CBE, introducing yourself and why you think you have the attributes to join us. Roy aims to speak to those who write, and a short interview will follow for potential trustees.

Please do send your letter to Roy at, copied to Steve Williams (, one of our Directors, by Monday 09:00 am on 17th January 2022.


We serve children and young people from all backgrounds and strive to represent the same diversity in our workforce. We strongly believe there is unity in diversity and are committed to create an inclusive working environment for all. We are under-represented by people who are from ethnic minority backgrounds and those who identify as being from the LGBTQ+ community. We particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from these backgrounds. If you are excited about making an impact in children’s lives, we would love to hear from you. 

We are committed to safer recruitment practices and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 


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