May 082015

These are exciting times at CXK. Are you one of the people we need to join our Trustee team for the exciting journey ahead?

TrusteeCXK Ltd is a charitable organisation delivering a range of services across the South East to support young people and families to maximise their potential. In particular we provide them with advice, guidance, skills and the confidence that will help them to progress into education, employment and training.

CXK is recruiting additional Trustees to strengthen and support our Board and sub-committees through a time of rapid expansion at the charity. We are looking for people who share our passion and commitment to transforming the lives of young people and vulnerable adults in the South East and who would be proud to support the charity and services offered.

Trustees will assist with the strategic direction of our organisation and make decisions that impact on the services we offer. We are particularly looking for Trustees with experience and skills relating to Legal, Safeguarding (health or local authority), children's services (including commissioning) and FE schools (in the context of Ofsted) who have the time and energy to strengthen the representation in our Board and sub-committees. The Board meets a minimum of 4 times a year. For the full role description, please click here: Ambassador Trustee

This is a voluntary position (expenses will be reimbursed).

An enhanced DBS check must be completed before being confirmed as a Trustee.

For an informal chat about the role please call Sean Kearns, CEO on 07918073761

If you believe you have the time to give and want to make a difference to young people, then please download an application form and return your completed application to or alternatively post to CXK - Recruitment, The Old Court, Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QN.

May 062015

Spike Island is recruiting a Chair


Spike Island is recruiting a new Chair. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is able to support the development of the organisation into the future. He or she will be a passionate and committed champion of the arts and its role in society, with board experience.

Spike Island supports and develops emerging art and works to sustain and grow the visual arts ecology across Bristol and the South West. It has a committed Board of Trustees and a professional and dedicated staff team. The new Chair will join after a period of growth and development that has seen a merger with moving image specialists Picture This, membership of the Plus Tate network and significantly increased annual revenue funding from Arts Council England.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Download a copy of the role description

Expressions of Interest

For an informal discussion about the role with the Director or one of our trustees, please contact

To apply, please submit an Expression of Interest to explaining why you are interested in the role and detailing your relevant experience, no later than 09:00 on 11th May 2015.

May 272014

Spiral Academies Trust seeks additional non executive volunteer Trustees who will also serve as Board members

trusteesSpiral Academies Trust is based in St Albans. It is a “Multi Academies Trust” and currently oversees two primary schools with some 500 pupils and 120 staff. The Trust seeks additional non executive volunteer Trustees who also serve as Board members.

The Trust was formed at the beginning of 2013. It has developed a strategic plan for the next three years and will major on providing “school to school” support in the area. Our lead school is designated a “National Support School”. The Trust also anticipates taking direct responsibility for additional schools during this period.

The Board meets 3-4 times a year and members may be involved in some additional meetings as required. We also expect them to take an ongoing interest in the life of the schools, with attendance at some events each year. We value practical utilisation of their particular areas of expertise to help the Trust where appropriate. The operational running of the schools is delegated to the Governing Bodies and their Chairs also sit on the Board.

We seek Board members who have a passion for education and who can sign up to our vision and values which can be found at We would particularly value Trustee/Board Members with Communications and PR experience; Legal  qualifications or experience of senior leadership in the independent schools sector. Previous familiarity with serving on a Board of Directors is not essential but would be a bonus.

Please email with a statement of your interest and a CV


Apr 292014

We are currently recruiting Forest of Avon Trust Charity Directors including:

charity directorVolunteering Director

Recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers to undertake work including: woodland maintenance; attending/ running events; giving talks and leading guided walks.

Business Sponsorship & Support Director

Approaching small and medium sized businesses to secure sponsorship and raising awareness of the training and corporate experiences that the Forest of Avon Trust can offer.

We would also really welcome applications from anyone else who could work with us in the capacity of Charity Director.

These positions are unpaid voluntary roles, working mainly from home, with quarterly board meetings at Ashton Court in Bristol and also involving regular liaison with the Forest of Avon Trust Executive Director.

Appointments are initially for 1 year. Each would provide invaluable experience of charity governance, project management and the fulfilment that would come from helping this charity grow further.

Further details here: Forest of Avon Trust Director Brief_JC


If so, we would love to hear from you.

Please send a CV and also a covering letter setting out your interest in a particular role and the skills that you can bring to it. Please email this to Jon Clark Executive Director, by 1200 on Friday the 16th of May: 

Dec 312013

Non-Executive Director appointments & Charity Trustee roles in the voluntary sector are a way of giving something back by using your corporate skills for the benefit of others.

non-executive directorIf one of your New Year resolutions for 2014 is to do more for charity and you are looking for new and different ways to develop your skills, becoming a non-executive director or trustee on a not-for-profit board, or charity could provide you with a unique opportunity and provide much needed support to the voluntary organisation.

More and more people with careers predominantly in the private sector are thinking about making a change, to do something different and are looking at public and voluntary sector roles. The not-for-profit or charity boards gain often much needed commercial expertise and the non-executive directors or trustees gain insights and knowledge from their involvement in the strategic and organisational development of an organisation.

These roles are generally unremunerated, though some do pay small fees and nearly all pay reasonable expenses - in most cases you will be giving much of your time for free and will be genuinely volunteering.

So, how do you go about getting a position with a not-for-profit or charity board?

The first step is to look around your network on LinkedIn or Facebook to see who else is doing this sort of work and contact them to find out more about what they are doing and to see if there are any vacancies coming up which may be of interest.

There are also a number of web-sites dedicated to filling these roles such as the following:

You might also want to identify local charities in your area - you can search the Charity Commission web-site below to get the contact details and then approach them directly



Competition for Non-Executive and Trustee positions in the public and voluntary sectors is fierce, however so it is wise to prepare yourself before making an application for a vacancy. Find out as much as you can about the organisation, what issues they are facing and who is already on the Board - often this information can be found on their web-sites.

It is also a good idea to talk to the Chair of the organisation informally if possible to see exactly what sort of skills they are looking for in a new NED or trustee.

You can also develop your knowledge of the role by enrolling on a Non-Executive Director training course such as the How to become a Non-Executive Director 1-day course from Excellencia - the legal duties and responsibilities of a company director are just as onerous on the board of a charity as they are in the private sector, some may say they are even more so - so it is good to be prepared!

There may also be other ways in which you can be involved with a charity as a volunteer which can lead to a Board position if you are not immediately successful with a NED or trustee application - the important thing is to get involved!