Nov 192018

Chair - The Loss Foundation

Organisation: The Loss Foundation
Vacancy Type: Chair
Deadline: 21st December 2018
Region: London

Vacancy Details

A pioneering charity which supports people bereaved by cancer requires a Chair

The organisation

6,450 people are bereaved by cancer a day in the UK. 20% of people will affected by this will require specialist support in dealing with the grief. The Loss Foundation is the only UK charity which is dedicated to providing bereavement support following the loss of someone to cancer. Established in 2010 by Clinical Psychologist Dr Erin Hope Thompson, she founded the charity after witnessing and experiencing the lack of support available following the death of her Father in 2008.

In 2017 the charity helped 350 people with in-person support, and another 27,000 via email, telephone and online support. However, the foundation is now embarking on an ambitious goal to become a nationwide reaching charity so that everybody bereaved by cancer in the UK has access to support.

As well as providing the gold standard support for everyone bereaved by cancer, the foundation is also tackling the taboo of grief in society.

At its heart, the foundation is providing accessible and varied support to people bereaved by cancer and helping them learn to compassionately support themselves, carrying out research to learn best practice in grief support. Furthermore it is creating a national pathway of cancer bereavement support for people at any point after their loss.

The opportunity

We are proud of our growth and evolution over the past eight years, but we know we could do better – the majority of people across the country still get no support. And yet we know that social isolation increases the risk of mental health issues and suicidal ideation.

We are now looking to design and launch a service that will allow us to serve more people than we ever could in person. We are going to take what we have learned about supporting people really well in person and expand it across the country using digital technology. The aim is to create a pathway of support that is not limited by geography, so people never have to hear that there's no support for them (which is what so many people currently hear). For example, creating relationships with our users and sending them resources to help them along the way, helping connect people in their local areas, and more.

In order to make this happen, we are looking to recruit a Chair who will provide the leadership and support needed to make our ambitions a reality.

The person

Irrespective of sector background, we are looking for a Chair with experience of helping organisations scale quickly. We are keen to hear from people who are open-minded to new and innovative ways of doing things, who are well-networked and who can bring energy to the role.

Board meetings are in London and the board meets 4 times a year. It is expected that the Chair will contribute minimum 1 day per month to the role.

Advert Start Date: 16th November 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 03002004112
Contact Name: Erin Thompson
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Trustee - SoCo Music Project

Organisation: SoCo Music Project
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 23rd November 2018
Region: South East

Vacancy Details

SoCo Music Project are at an exciting stage of their organisational development, and are seeking members to join an advisory board to support our transition to Charity.

To read more about our vision and aims read our manifesto.

Whilst we welcome expressions of interest from all candidates, we are particularly keen to hear from those with knowledge and/or experience in any of the following areas:

  • Charity Development/Governance
  • Accountancy
  • Business Development/Planning
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Stakeholder Management

We would anticipate monthly meetings as we transition to become a charity, we would then recruit our Board of Trustees to which we would welcome you to apply should you wish. Our aspiration is to submit our Charity application early next year, with a view to becoming a Charity in April 2019.

If you're interested in finding out more about how you can support SoCo Music Project, please contact Marie Negus ( or 07988 683 544) for an informal chat.

Following which we would invite you to forward a covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides), detailing why you are interested in becoming part of our advisory board and how your skills/experience will support organisational growth and resilience by Friday 23rd November.

About SoCo Music Project


SoCo Music Project is a non profit music organisation based in Southampton and operating across Hampshire. Started in 2008 by two directors, Matt Salvage and Jon Haughton, SoCo is now an organisation with a regional reach and a reputation for high quality engagement activities. We are at an important stage of our development as we transition to become a charity.

As of Spring 2016 SoCo has been steered by a management team of four in addition to six freelance Music Leaders and three volunteers working across project management, strategic development and workshop delivery.

With a turnover in excess of £200k per year, SoCo continues to develop engaging music programmes and vibrant creative spaces, supporting social action and creative development through music.

SoCo is predominantly project funded through grants and commissions, we have received funding from Youth Music, Arts Council England, Big Lottery, European Social Fund and Local Authorities. Moving forward SoCo is planning on transitioning to a charity and developing more sustainable income through individual/corporate giving.


SoCo Music Project seeks to engage young people (especially those in challenging circumstances) and vulnerable adults in musical activity in order to develop their creative potential, promote cross-cultural understanding and supporting wider social and personal outcomes.


SoCo Music Project is a music delivery organisation that is dedicated to using music to transform lives. We work with agencies and organisations to reach out to some of the most vulnerable children and adults using highly skilled music leaders who deliver a diverse range of innovative and tailored creative music-making activities. We inspire and empower individuals at the heart of the community, to have a voice and develop and grow. We also encourage and train others who share our passion to bring about positive life-changing moments through music.

Our Aims

  • Deepening engagement and widening participation
  • Developing people and increasing skills
  • Demonstrating impact of the benefits of music-making with young people in challenging circumstances and vulnerable adults
  • Developing creative spaces that inspire and support
  • Developing partnerships & relationships that support an increase in participation
  • Encouraging confidence through effective communication
  • Building resilience to enhance and maintain cultural opportunities locally and regionally

Our Values

  • Inspiring and Empowering people who face challenges in their lives and ensuring that their needs and voices inform and define our delivery programmes
  • Developing and Supporting individuals, using the life-changing power of music to improve skills, enrich lives and connect people and organisations
  • Creativity and Diversity is embedded through our organisational values and supports our aspirations to adopt a musically inclusive way of working
  • Developing Partnerships and being an organisation that keeps itself connected with our local arts and cultural sector and communities so that we can respond and reach where we're needed with the biggest chance of transforming lives and sharing our approach

These core values capture the essence of who we are and are interwoven through everything that we do as we develop as an organisation and transition to become a charity.

Advert Start Date: 15th November 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 07988 683544
Contact Name: Marie Negus
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Chair - Institute of Business Ethics

Organisation: Institute of Business Ethics
Reference: IBE102018
Vacancy Type: Chair
Deadline: 26th November 2018
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

The Board of Trustees of the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) is seeking a new Chair

We are seeking to recruit an individual to bring to the IBE their knowledge and demonstrable skills gained at a senior level in business, in the public or the third sector.

Requirements of the Chair of the Board of Trustees

The core requirements of the Chair are to:

  1. Lead the Board of Trustees
  2. Ensure the Board remains focussed on the values, purpose and mission of the IBE
  3. Ensure appropriate governance is exercised across the organisation to deliver on its charitable objectives and to manage its risks, underpin its sustainability and realise its potential
  4. Have oversight of and lead the Board's formulation and approval of the strategy, strategic objectives and priorities, their implementation, and the budgetary and resourcing implications
  5. Lead the appointment of the Director and Board input to other senior appointments, provide performance related feedback including through an annual appraisal, and oversee succession planning of all leadership roles
  6. Chair the Nominations Committee, facilitating the appointment of new trustees and managing the performance of existing trustees
  7. Oversee a regular Board effectiveness evaluation
  8. Support the executive team in delivering on their objectives, without taking executive responsibility
  9. Act as an ambassador for the organisation, representing the IBE publicly where appropriate
  10. Attendance at a reasonable number of IBE events including those held with the Advisory Council
  11. Use their personal networks to facilitate the recruitment of subscribers and partners

This requires the Chair to have the following attributes:

  • Commitment to the aims and values of the IBE
  • A minimum of around 12 to 16 hours per month on a flexible basis to be accessible to the Director and to the Board, with the capacity to step up involvement in the short term if necessary
  • Senior level management experience
  • Board level experience and/or frequent exposure
  • Confidence to lead a Board of diverse Trustees
  • Experience of working in a variety of organisations/sectors
  • Experience of the oversight and implementation of ethics programmes, reflecting IBE subscriber experiences
  • Awareness of good practice and current trends and priorities in ethics and governance, including those driven by digital and technological disruption
  • Well networked, articulate and confident in advocating for the organisation and its agenda
  • Able to handle sensitivities with appropriate care and attention
  • Utmost commitment to the highest ethical standards in their own working life and career
  • Counselling and coaching skills to support and guide the Trustees, Director and other members of senior management as appropriate

The post is unpaid commensurate with IBE's charitable status

Advert Start Date: 22nd October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 020 7798 6040
Contact Name: John William
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Trustee - Live Unlimited

Organisation: Live Unlimited
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 22nd January 2019
Region: London

Vacancy Details

Live Unlimited is a new charity which was set up to provide support and inspiration for Barnet looked after children and care leavers to help them fulfil their potential and follow their dreams.

Board of Trustees opportunity

We are looking for trustees who share in our values and vision to give every young person who has spent time in Barnet's care the same opportunities to thrive as children living with their birth families.

Trustees will be involved in setting our strategic direction as well as determining our mission and vision. They will need to be available to attend board meetings in person up to six times per year with additional operational meetings and sub-groups as necessary.

In addition to board meetings, other contact - usually by email/phone - will be necessary. Trustees may be asked to attend occasional evening meetings and events as a representative of the charity.

The time commitment for a trustee is expected to be up to a day a month.

Our trustees work with the Chair to take overall responsibility for Live Unlimited, acting collectively in our best interests.

The Board of Trustees currently comprises six members: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and three trustees with experience in education, social care and law enforcement.

To help us set our strategic focus with clear goals and objectives, we are particularly keen to recruit people with care experience and skills in the following areas:

  • fundraising
  • governance
  • operations
  • social care

In addition to any special areas of expertise you can contribute, the duties of a trustee are:

  • to ensure the organisation complies with its governing document, charitable law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • to ensure the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document and applies resources exclusively in fulfilling its objectives
  • to safeguard the good name and values of the organisation and represent it at functions and meetings as appropriate
  • to be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees, while ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • to ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • to make sure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
  • to declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee
  • to use any specific knowledge and experience to help the board reach sound decisions

Below are examples of the sorts of knowledge and experience we are looking for. If you don't feel you match all the below, don't worry. Successful boards are about finding a balance of skills, knowledge and experience from a mix of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds:

  • an understanding of the role of a trustee and corporate board member
  • experience of operating in a senior role
  • experience of fundraising
  • experience of the care system
  • broad knowledge of management and governance issues
  • an understanding of the work of the voluntary and community sector would be extremely helpful.

The sort of person we are looking for would be:

  • a strategic thinker
  • have a sharp mind who exercises good judgement
  • an effective communicator
  • proactive, willing to offer constructive challenge and support judgements
  • a team player who respects different views and is able to work with board colleagues
  • able to build strong relationships and champion Live Unlimited.

Their personal qualities would include:

  • being able to demonstrate drive and determination
  • bringing a commitment to devote sufficient time, preparation and effort to meet the responsibilities of being a trustee
  • demonstrating integrity, honesty and flexibility
  • demonstrating active listening skills and being open to the views of others
  • showing commitment to inclusion and diversity

What difference will you make?

Looked after children and care leavers are among the most vulnerable members of society with life chances significantly poorer than their peers raised by their birth families.

While less than one per cent of children in England have spent time in care, statistics show that a quarter of the adult prison population and almost half of young men aged below 21 in the criminal justice system have spent time in care. 20-30 per cent of homeless people have been in care while a quarter of young women leave the care system pregnant. With often harrowing experiences of abuse and neglect, it is not surprising therefore that children in care are four times more likely than their peers to have a mental health difficulty.

By getting involved as a trustee you have a real chance to make a difference to the lives of these young people, providing them with opportunities and inspiration to help them reach their full potential.

What's in it for you?

As a new charity, this is an exciting opportunity to help us grow into a creative and dynamic organisation which puts looked after young people at the heart of everything we do.

You will get the chance to shape Live Unlimited, working with a friendly and dedicated Board of Trustees, and make a real difference to the lives of Barnet's looked after young people.

A few more details

We hope you have found this interesting and are considering whether to apply for the role of trustee for Live Unlimited. As a new charity it is crucial for us to find the right trustees who share our enthusiasm, commitment and vision of helping ensure that every child who spends time in Barnet's care has an equal chance to lead a happy and fulfilling life as a child living with their birth family.

We'd love to hear from you if you think you can play your part in helping Barnet's looked after children to thrive.

Advert Start Date: 22nd October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 020 8359 2325
Contact Name: Sue Cocker
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Trustee - RefugeeEd

Organisation: RefugeeEd
Reference: Governance Trustee / Accounting and Finance Trustee
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 10th December 2018
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

RefugeeEd aims to strengthen and develop the international refugee education community, using the skills and expertise of qualified teachers. We are seeking a trustee small charities governance experience to join the board of our new, growing charity.

The situation

Today in Greece, there are 60,000 refugees stuck in camps and unstable accommodation. 80% of children are not in formal schooling, and adults are in need of language skills to help them build a new life.

Yet media attention is fading away and large NGOs are pulling out of the region. It is mostly small, volunteer-run grassroots organisations tirelessly filling the gaps in education provision.

The aim

Our aim is to improve the quality of education on offer through collaboration and resource-sharing. We have a strong network of grassroots education organisations that need support. Most of these are operated by wonderful volunteers, not many of whom have a background in education.

Our focus so far has been to develop and share resources for effective teaching in this context and to partner volunteer teachers with organisations where they can be of most use as a volunteer. This is either as: a) long-term volunteer teachers, who can volunteer for a month of more, build up a relationship with students and make an impact; and, b) short-term project mentors, or experienced teachers who can use their specialist skills to develop the education programme and lead training.

For more information about our work so far, please visit

Next steps

In the next phase of our development, we will be more proactively soliciting donations, engaging in fundraising, and applying for grants as we seek to establish a reliable stream of income. As part of this process, we are recruiting for a governance trustee and an accounting and finance trustee to join our board:

  1. Governance trustee
    You will be responsible for ensuring that our governance policies and procedures contribute to the effective, legal, and responsible operation of the charity. You will also have responsibilities related to the strategic direction and transparent working of the charity.
    We are looking for a trustee with experience in charities governance.
    Governance procedures offer the foundation upon which organisations operate, and this opportunity will suit someone who is looking to make an impact with a small, growing charity.
  2. Accounting and Finance Trustee
    You will be responsible for implementing a clear and accurate system of accounting, for overseeing financial management, and for helping in the filing of the charity’s accounts.
    We are looking for a trustee with experience in accounting and/or finance.
    This opportunity will suit someone who is looking to take the lead in putting in place systems of accounting which ensure that refugeeEd remains accountable to donors, volunteers, and students.

As a trustee we also hope that you will participate in fundraising, promote the work of refugeeEd, and collectively ensure that the board exercises its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. We are looking for trustees who want to use their experience to take a hands-on role in the work of the charity.

If you are passionate about improving the quality of education for refugees and want to be involved in growing a fresh new charity, we welcome your application. If you don't meet the above criteria, but still want to be involved in another capacity, we would still love to hear from you.

Trustees will be expected to attend our quarterly trustee meetings, either online or in person in London, and our AGM. The dates and times of these meetings are flexible, and will be arranged to suit the schedules of our trustees.

More information on the role of a trustee, including conditions for eligibility, is available from the Charity Commission:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Advert Start Date: 22nd October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 07565027880
Contact Name: Helen Brannigan
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Trustee - One Walsall

Organisation: One Walsall
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 4th December 2018
Region: West Midlands

Vacancy Details

Role of the Independent Director/Trustee

As an Independent Trustee/Director you will give your time alongside those who are elected from One Walsall's voluntary and community sector membership, and assist in setting strategy, policy and objectives; making decisions; implementing and communicating decisions; overseeing financial controls and managing risk; and performing an ambassadorial role for the Charity.

As an independent member, you must not be directly associated to a One Walsall member organisation or another voluntary sector group within Walsall.

This is a voluntary role, however any reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Key Responsibilities

All Director/Trustees are expected to fulfil the following responsibilities:

  • contribute to the development of the charity's strategic direction and overall policy, and ensure it pursues its objects as defined in its governing document,
  • define the charity's goals and targets, and evaluating performance against these,
  • support the Chief Executive Officer and monitoring his/her performance,
  • prepare for, attend and contribute to Board meetings (minimum four per year) and offer to work on sub-committees and working groups,
  • ensure the financial stability of the charity including protecting and managing its property and to ensuring the proper investment of its funds,
  • promote the work and success of the charity and safeguarding its good name and values,
  • exercising independent judgement, reasonable care, skill and diligence,
  • maintain an understanding and carry out the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship under Charity Law and responsibilities and liabilities of a Director under Company Law.

Qualities of the Independent Director/Trustee

We are seeking individuals with experience in any of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Marketing and PR
  • Digital
  • Data Analysis/Business Intelligence
  • Property and Asset Management

Director/Trustees are expected to demonstrate the following attributes in their role:

  • A commitment to the organisation, including positively promoting its work.
  • A commitment to devoting time and effort to supporting the success of One Walsall.
  • Sound and independent judgement on issues which support One Walsall's ongoing development.
  • An ability to think creatively and strategically, and in support of fellow trustees, to identify solutions to challenges and issues affecting the organisation.
  • A commitment to working in collaboration with fellow trustees, a willingness to speak freely and to ensure issues are addressed positively.
  • Strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity's objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.

Time commitment

The approximate time commitment for this role is one day per month, although this may not be spread equally across the year.

The Board meets at least four times a year at our Walsall Office and Director/Trustees are expected to be attend all meetings. There is also potential for meetings within the Black Country and wider West Midlands region.

It is important that Director/Trustees can visit the organisations office(s) and be available to the Chief Executive/senior paid staff members on a regular basis.

In addition to board meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.

Advert Start Date 23rd October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 01922619840
Contact Name: Alex Boys
Contact E-mail:

Nov 162018

Trustee - ECHO Herefordshire

Organisation: ECHO Herefordshire
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 30th November 2018
Region: West Midlands

Vacancy Details

ECHO is an independent, Herefordshire-based charity with 230 members and over 90 volunteers. For over 25 years we have been making a difference to lives of disabled people through the running of our Projects, Social Activities and Leisure Events with inclusion at the heart of everything we do.

What will you be doing?

We are currently seeking new members to join Echo's Board of Trustees. As a Trustee you will be involved in the governance of the charity, setting the strategic direction as well as supporting the Chief Officer.

Echo has recently gone through a period of change and this is an exciting time to be involved in setting the direction for the charity as we look to the future. With a new Chief Officer having recently joined us and our major lines of funding secured for the next few years, we are in a strong position as we consider how we continue to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of our participants as well as ensure the smooth and efficient running of the charity.

By becoming a Trustee for Echo you would help ensure this all happens by attending and contributing to quarterly Trustee Meetings which usually occur on Thursdays.

What are we looking for?

We feel that it is important that our Trustees should have:

  • A commitment to our organisation and its objectives
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
  • Strategic vision
  • Independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively

We are looking to strengthen our existing Board of Trustees with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with various life experiences and preferably skills within any of the following areas; Finance, Legal and HR. Of course, if there are any other skills or experiences you have other than those mentioned please do let us know.

Early next year the position of Chairperson of the Board of Trustees will become available and we are keen to hear from and meet with individuals who would be willing to fulfil this essential role in addition to being a Trustee and ask that you indicate if you are interested in this in your application.

What difference will you make?

With 25 Projects and Social Activities, suitable for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties, mental health difficulties and physical or sensory impairments we aim to make a difference. By listening to the people we support, we run projects and social activities that reflect their needs and help ensure they are engaged in the community.

The important work of our Board of Trustees truly enables Echo to continue making this difference to the lives of our 230 participants. By providing strong leadership and working on our long-term strategy you help ensure that our charity is in the best possible position to fulfil our mission.

To become a Trustee of Echo, you do not need to have experience in working with disabled people.

Advert Start Date: 5th November 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 01989762233
Contact Name: Duncan Brooks
Contact E-mail:

Nov 152018

Trustee - Goldsmiths Students' Union

Organisation: Goldsmiths Students' Union
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 23rd November 2018
Region: London

Vacancy Details

We're looking for a new trustee to join the Goldsmiths Students' Union Trustee Board for a term between two and four years.

We're specifically looking for a Trustee with experience of strategic financial management and oversight; we actively welcome candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background.

We've gone on quite a journey over the last couple of years and will be making some key decisions about how best to achieve our aims and objectives and to develop our Strategic Plan over the coming months. Our organisation has rapidly changed and grown since summer 2016, seeing a significant increase in sports clubs, societies and support for student representatives, the development of new commercial outlets, and an improvement in our ability to understand student opinion and how we can influence Goldsmiths' decision making.

Advert Start Date: 29th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 02077172511
Contact Name: Dave Lewis
Contact E-mail:

Nov 152018

Trustees & Independent Members - Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Organisation: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Reference: TU5698 (Trustees) / TU5699 (Independent Members)
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 19th November 2018
Region: London

Vacancy Details

Trustees Unlimited is delighted to be supporting the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in their search for Trustees to join their Board and Independent Members to join their Regulated Services and Safeguarding Committee.

RNIB is one of the UK's leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Everyday 250 people begin to lose their sight. RNIB has a crucial role to play in creating a world where there are no barriers to people with sight loss. They want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.

They want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.

Trustee Role

RNIB is looking for Trustees to take responsibility for the legal stewardship of the charity, whilst ensuring that the ambition statement is achieved, and the charitable objects are met. The charity is looking for individuals with a strong personal commitment to their values and to promoting the interests of blind and partially sighted people

Previous experience of operating as a Board member and a professional qualification or work experience in a relevant field such as safeguarding and regulated services, fundraising, volunteering, business and digital transformation, strategic finance and social change and advocacy would be desirable.

RNIB is led by blind and partially sighted people and is committed to ensuring the majority of its trustees have lived experience of sight loss.

Further Information

For additional information on the role of a Trustee at RNIB, and the individuals that they are looking for, please visit our recruitment partner, Trustees Unlimited to apply and for details of the recruitment timetable.

If you require any assistance with your application or would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact the Trustees Unlimited team who will be happy to help.

Advert Start Date: 29th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 0207 099 2222
Contact Name: marsha
Contact E-mail:

Independent Member Role

Regulated Services and Safeguarding Independent Committee Members are required to assist the RNIB Board in its work. The charity is seeking individuals with a strong personal commitment to their values and to promoting the interests of blind and partially sighted people, and who offer expertise in safeguarding, ideally within a regulated services context. In addition, an understanding of the work of RNIB and the issues that it faces, as well as prior experience of operating as a board or committee member within another charitable, public sector or commercial organisation, or a strong and demonstrable ability to do so are both also key elements of this role. RNIB is led by blind and partially sighted people and is committed to ensuring the majority of their independent committee members have lived experience of sight loss.

Further Information

For additional information on the role of a Regulated Services and Safeguarding Independent Committee Member at RNIB, and the individuals that they are looking for, details of the recruitment timetable and how to apply, please visit our recruitment partner, Trustees Unlimited. If you require any assistance with your application or would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact the Trustees Unlimited team who will be happy to help.

Advert Start Date: 29th October 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 0207 099 2222
Contact Name: Marsha Gosling
Contact E-mail:

Nov 152018

Non-Executive Director x4 - Inclusive Multi Academy Trust

Branding/Marketing Human Resources Legal/Compliance Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 7th December 2018

Inclusive Multi Academy Trust (IMAT) is seeking three to four new Trustees/Non-Executive Directors with experience in Branding/Marketing, Legal/Compliance, HR or Real estate/Property to support their growth. Board meetings are held in Watford.

About the trust

Inclusive Multi Academy Trust is currently made up of three primaries schools in Watford, situated within a mile of one another. The trust was established in 2016 through Laurance Haines Primary School, with Cherry Tree Primary and Beechfield School joining the trust in early 2018 following their conversion to academies. IMAT schools serve a community of approximately 1400 pupils in the Watford area, each operating their own nursery.

IMAT is a non-competitive trust where each school has an obligation to support the betterment of every child through collaboration at all levels, whilst maintaining their own identities. The trust has a very diverse pupil population, with a high proportion of its students speaking English as an additional language. IMAT places an emphasis on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its pupils. The schools all share the belief that a nurturing approach is key to the success of every pupil. The leadership team is focused on continuous school improvement and is driven by outstanding leadership to ensure better financial value, provision and resourcing. They provide a Specific Learning Difficulties Outreach Service offering services to other schools in the area.

The trust plans to expand and attract additional schools. This will form part of the ongoing planning and strategy development of the trust. To support these plans, IMAT seeks three new non-executive directors with Branding/Marketing, Legal/Compliance, HR or Real estate/Property experience to strengthen the board and support the positive progress its schools are making in the community.

Plans for the future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  • Collaboration: To ensure a collaborative approach to school improvement across the trust leads to sustain positive academic outcomes for all children.
  • Finance: To establish a strong financial model across the trust that is both sustainable and supportive of the trust’s plans going forward.
  • Growth: To establish a growth strategy in line with developing the reputation of IMAT in order to attract additional schools to the trust.

Trust ethos & values

The IMAT vision is: “Inspiring and nurturing our children and their community to be the very best that they can be.” The trust seeks to ensure that all children feel welcome and valued, by promoting inclusivity and respect for all, thereby developing good citizenship. IMAT schools adopt an innovative and collaborative approach to learning with an emphasis on enjoyment, ensuring that all children are fully equipped for futures in and beyond their further education.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 4

Roles 1-4 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Person specification

Successful applicants will have the ability and determination to adapt and transfer their experience to an educational setting. They will have a willingness to devote time, an understanding of the legal duties and liabilities of trusteeship and the ability to challenge, evaluate and interpret information. With IMAT looking to grow as a trust, experience in growth management is desirable as is a strong understanding of corporate governance. The trust is interested in applications from diverse candidates.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • Branding/Marketing
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Real estate/Property
  • HR


  • Corporate Governance
  • Chair
  • Restructuring
  • Growth Management
  • Succession Planning

Property: With the trust looking to grow, the successful applicant will have significant experience in estate management and the ability to identify centralisation opportunities.

Marketing: The trust seeks a candidate with a demonstrable track record of experience in marketing, branding and development to strengthen the image of the trust and broaden its appeal to other potential schools, as well as to increase enrolment figures in existing schools.

Legal: The successful applicant will have significant experience within the legal sector, with demonstrable knowledge of employment law and the ability to make informed decisions and carry out due diligence.

HR: The successful individual will bring expert knowledge of HR processes, helping the trust to recruit, retain and develop high-calibre staff and leadership. Experience of succession planning is desirable.

As part of their succession planning it is hoped one of the new trustees will want to take on the role of vice-chair or chair within 12-18 months.

Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Laurance Haines Primary School, Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0DD.

Trust website:

Governance structure

For more information on IMAT’s governance structure, see:

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.

Deadline for applications: 7th December

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