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Commercial Education Trust
EC4R 1AP, London (Greater)
Unpaid Voluntary Role
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

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Charity and not for profit, Education
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly home

Commercial Education Trust (CET) is looking for new Trustees committed to our mission of helping young people confidently enter the world of work with all the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

What will you be doing?

Trustees are responsible for the work that the Trust does and how it does it.

Currently, the Trust is governed by a board of 9 trustees and aiming to expand to 12 in future. The board has a Chairman. There are two sub-committees of which the membership is drawn from the board. These are Finance & Administration and Grants and Development. The in-person meetings are held in Central London.

Trustees have a number of statutory duties; a full list of duties can be found in the attached candidate pack.

What are we looking for?

The CET seeks Trustees who:

  • Are committed to the organisation and have sufficient time and willingness to contribute effectively to board proceedings.
  • Are able to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Are willing to speak up and can remain independent of any influence from another organisation or individual.
  • Are able to make quick and sound decisions based on an analysis of information presented to them.
  • Are aware of developments in the voluntary sector and areas of interest to the Trust, particularly business and education.
  • Have a passion for making an impact.
  • Can manage risks with a balanced and informed approach.
  • Possess strong analytical skills.
  • Possess leadership qualities and attributes directed towards continuous growth.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates that have strong skills, experience or knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Professional qualifications such as ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) or CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
  • Experience of grant management and allocation.
  • Exposure of the Education and Academic sector (particularly as regards the development of education in business know-how, enterprise/entrepreneurship employability and essential transferable skills).
  • Professional background in Corporate Sector.
  • Influencing and stakeholder management.

What difference will you make?

Your impact as a Trustee will be felt by all our stakeholders as you support and champion the adoption of Commercial Ability as a yardstick for the preparedness of our young people for the world of work, and all the benefits that this will bring to them, their families, industry and the wider economy as a whole.

If you sit on our Grants and Development Committee, your views, experience, perspectives and oversight will be critical in deciding if (and on what terms) grants will be made, managed, reported upon, and evaluated.

If you sit on our Finance and Administration Committee, your rigorous attention to detail and financial acumen will be brought to bear on ensuring that the Trust fulfils its ongoing role in a sustainable, legal and compliant fashion. You will also have oversight of the management of our investment portfolio.

Finally, as a member of the Board of Trustees, you will have overall responsibility for the strategy of the Trust. You will be encouraged to use your networks and relationship-building skills to galvanise funders, employers and educators to work collaboratively to solve the challenges and barriers that prevent our young people from achieving excellent Commercial Ability through their education.

Before you apply

Reach TrusteeWorks are supporting Commercial Education Trust with their Board recruitment. Please submit a CV and supporting statement to the TrusteeWorks team.

In the supporting statement, please include how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the Commercial Education Trust Board and any other relevant details in support of your application.

For an informal chat with the organisation, please contact the Reach TrusteeWorks Team who will be able to arrange this.

Please contact the Reach TrusteeWorks team for any queries:

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