Chair & Trustees North East Child Poverty Trust

Trustee
Application deadline: 
Friday, 2 August, 2019 - 17:00
Organisation: 
North East Child Poverty Trust

Trustee & Chair Vacancies

Contract Type

Unpaid, reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Opportunity

The trustee board are seeking to appoint 2 Trustees and 1 Chair to join the current North East Child Poverty Trust board from September 2019.

Trustee Commitment

Successful candidates will need to attend 3 to 4 meeting per annum and may from time to time be asked to attend additional meetings or events as required to ensure that their trustee obligations are met. Meetings are usually held in Newcastle.

The Chair will be expected to attend relevant speaking and networking events and be an ambassador for the charity. In addition, there will be occasional requirement to attend meetings with prospective funders.

Candidates should note that they would be asked to commit to a minimum term of 3years.

We seek candidates who are committed to the success of the charity and any ad hoc additional work will be discussed, reviewed and agreed when required.

Background to the Trust

The North East Child Poverty Trust (NECPT) was established in 2014 as an independent charitable body, to support activities to address child poverty in the region. Its Aims, Objectives and Activities are:

  • Raising awareness of the issue of child poverty amongst the public, employers and organisations providing services to young people;
  • Improving knowledge and understanding the causes and consequences of. And solutions to, child poverty;
  • Working collaboratively with public service providers, voluntary bodies, employers and young people to address child poverty;
  • To facilitate and fundraise to meet the objective of the Trust.

Need

In North East England, people living in our disadvantaged communities are most vulnerable to food poverty. It is both a cause and effect of the social problems they face., For the c210,000 children living in poverty in the North East and their families the school holidays can be a time when the amount and quality of food is dramatically reduced due to the loss of free school meals. This exacerbates the educational attainment gap between poor children and their more affluent peers and has long term effects on life chances.

In 2016, a major grant was secured from the Big Lottery Fund to develop and evaluate a large scale, cross sector approach to holiday provision in the north east. This grant included funding to build capacity and an organisational strength review was completed in 2018. The Trust has now brought in external support to build on this review by helping to secure additional funding to deliver its objectives and seeking to widen is support and research.

The Future

The trustee board are excited to build on current evaluation and research work to date and expand this work to support the current need as addressed above. Our focus in the short to medium term will be on rural areas of the North East, building on our Summer Programmes work, and our priority is to secure further funding to support the expanding need in the region and maximise long term impact to better the needs of those vulnerable to food poverty.

Candidate Specification

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about tackling child poverty and those who preferably have experience in past trusteeships or strategic roles. We are keen to encourage a wide skill set on our board and therefore do not have any robust criteria or professional background requirements.

Specifically, for the Chair’s role we seek an individual with demonstrable experience of Chairing, whether on a trustee board or in a similar board environment.

We do ask that any prospective applicants consider the wider obligations of a charity trustee. The Charity Commission website www.charity-commission.gov.uk provides useful information on these obligations.

Applications

Applications should contain a brief summary note on reasons for application along with a CV (this can be full CV or a synopsis of your most recent roles and expertise).

Applications should be sent to our current Chair Mike Worthington worthington1942@btinternet.com. Should you want an informal discussion in advance of application you can also contact Mike Worthington on 01434 606215.