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Board of Directors Members (Voluntary)

The Loop Australia

The Loop Safety Testing Ltd (operating as The Loop Australia) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to join our Board of Directors.

About The Loop Australia

The Loop Australia is a registered charity established in 2018 to develop the sustainable provision of drug checking services in Australia.

The Loop Australia Vision: A safer society where everyone can access accurate, timely, and relevant information to make more informed decisions about drugs.

The Loop Australia Mission: Deliver a world-class drug checking service and disseminate information about drugs to individuals, service providers and policy makers.

The Loop Australia is a mostly volunteer-based organisation, with teams of chemists, health professionals and researchers based in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

We are a sister organisation to The Loop UK which formed in 2013 and has provided welfare, harm reduction and testing at nightclubs, festivals and other events since 2013, and drug checking for the public since 2016.

Why join our Board

It’s an exciting time to join the board of The Loop AU. With new CEO Cameron Francis and a team of 30 talented volunteers across Victoria, NSW and Queensland, the organisation is going from strength to strength.

Over the past three years we’ve been working hard on getting drug checking services started. We’ve got the lab equipment and we’re working closely with partner organisations, government departments and agencies and MPs.

Recently we've had another big breakthrough in winning a grant to develop a drug checking pilot program in partnership with research and government organisations.

Now we’re looking to expand our board, with additional talent to help build the success and sustainability of the organisation.

By joining the board of The Loop Australia you can:

  • Be part of an organisation with potential for big impact at a stage of growth where your expertise will make a big difference and be highly valued.
  • Extend your expertise in areas outside your day-to-day work.
  • Be part of an exciting phase of growth as drug checking takes off in Australia.
  • Help make a difference on an important issue, and keep people safe.

Skills we are particularly looking for

The Loop Australia is committed to developing a strong and diverse Board where individual members bring unique strengths to the organisation. Prospective board members with expertise in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • Policing
  • Public health
  • Corporate risk management
  • Clinical risk management
  • Philanthropic fundraising
  • Entertainment industry

Applicants with strong networks will be well regarded.

Position responsibilities

Board Directors of The Loop Australia hold responsibility for:

  • Upholding The Loop Australia’s mission and values
  • Governance of the organisation, including strategic direction, risk and financial management
  • Supporting The Loop Australia’s growth as a provider of drug checking services
  • Providing expert advice, support and mentoring to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Ensuring The Loop Australia remains compliant with relevant regulatory bodies
  • Developing new income streams

Please see the attached role description for a detailed description of the role, and if you need more information please contact Board Chair Dr Will Tregoning at will@theloop.org.au using the subject line: Board of Directors Members (Voluntary) enquiry via EthicalJobs.

We encourage applications from people who have lived experience of drug use. We also encourage First Nations people, people with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply. We are committed to removing barriers for people from these communities, so let us know if there’s something we can do to make it more possible for you to apply by confidentially contacting will@theloop.org.au.

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