Board member

  • Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)
  • This role is based in Auckland
  • Jun 20, 2024
Board/Director Children, Youth and Family Services

Job Description

Our vision is that people of all ages who stutter are supported to reach their potential

Established in 1993, START is a registered charitable trust and the only organisation in Aotearoa that specialises in providing therapy and support to people of all ages who stutter and their families and whānau across NZ.

Our team of specialist Speech Language Therapists and Social Worker provide individualised therapy sessions both in person at our Auckland clinic and online via Zoom with people across Aotearoa. Alongside our therapy sessions — we build a community of support for people who stutter and their families and whānau by offering a range of groups, courses and social support.

An important part of our mahi is raising awareness and tolerance of stuttering in the wider community. We also collaborate with universities in New Zealand and internationally, partnering on innovative research projects to deepen our understanding of stuttering.

Our values

  • Acceptance
  • Mana enhancing - Whole person, bring out the best
  • Working together and collaborating - Whakawhanaungatanga, whānau and family
  • Manaakitanga - Respect, care, support, kindness, hospitality
  • Available for all - For everyone, anyone can come
  • Strength through community
  • We’re all on a journey - Always learning and innovating


About the opportunity

START is looking to appoint a board member to support its endeavours and complement the skills and experience of the existing members of its committed and well-functioning board. We are seeking someone who can connect with our purpose and bring a diverse mix of skills, qualities, and personal and professional experience together with a desire to provide effective governance contributing to our Mission and to be a strong advocate for people who stutter.

Ideal applicant

You will have governance or executive experience in the for-purpose sector and expertise in corporate partnerships and/or events. You bring intelligence, curiosity and a collaborative and respectful approach to working with fellow board members in alignment with our values.

Board members are expected to support the Mission of START and act in accordance with the Deed of the Trust. You will understand the work and operation of START and endeavour to ensure adequate funding for its mission while promoting START in the community and represent it in a positive professional manner.

Time commitment

The board meets monthly from February to November for approximately two hours plus preparation time of up to three hours.

Other follow-up matters, matters needing prompt attention between meetings, and functions and correspondence may range up to an additional two to three hours a month.



Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START)

Job Summary

Bring your skills in corporate partnerships and fundraising to help us support people who stutter


Voluntary role/unpaid

How to apply

Please send your CV and a tailored cover letter detailing how your skills, experience and knowledge fit with our purpose to

Alternatively, you can contact us at the above address if you would like find out more about this opportunity.



Not for Profit

Job Description (PDF)