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Trustees for grant making Foundation

Employer
The Powell Family Foundation
Location
EC4A 3AG, London (Greater)
Salary
Unpaid Voluntary Role
Closing date
8 Mar 2024

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Sector
Charity and not for profit
Salary band
Unremunerated
Hours
Part Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

The Powell Family Foundation (TPFF) provides grants to support vision impaired children and young people in the UK. We are seeking 4 additional Trustees with a range of skills and experience to help us build on a highly successful first year.

What will you be doing?

Our mission is to support vision impaired children, young people and adults aged 25 and under, to improve their emotional and physical well-being, increase their knowledge and skills, and support their independence through the provision of grants to individuals and charitable organisations.

TPFF is an independent Foundation, funded by investments and run by Trustees and staff who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of vision impaired children and young people.

This is an exciting time for the Foundation, as during 2024 we will be reviewing our first year and considering how we use our investment income of approximately £1m p.a. to achieve the greatest impact. 

As a member of the Board you will play a key role in discussing and agreeing the award of grants as well as the governance of the Foundation.

We are looking for up to four additional Trustees to strengthen our dynamic and committed Board. You will need a real passion for our work and a high degree of personal integrity. You will play a key role in developing the Foundation as we evolve and grow.

What are we looking for?

Our Trustees help ensure we operate effectively so that The Powell Family Foundation delivers on its vision, mission and values and fulfils its legal responsibilities and requirements outlined by the Charity Commission. We're looking for passionate individuals who want to help us make a positive difference to the lives of vision impaired children and young people.

We are looking for up to four Trustees with the following experience:

Trustee 1: Financial management, accounting; understanding of investments. This person will develop good relationships with our management accountants, auditors and investment advisors.

Trustee 2: Property management. This person will have an oversight of our portfolio of residential and retail properties; relevant experience is essential. This person will build a sound working relationship with our property management advisors.

Trustees 3 and 4: Lived experience of vision impairment or learned experience through parenting etc. This would ideally include knowledge of education provision and statutory obligations, particularly with regard to children and young people with disabilities.

For all Trustee roles we are looking for:

  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision.
  • Commitment to the Foundation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Willingness to be available to the Executive Director, Trustees, and other employees for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. Please note, training will be given.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

We are happy to accept applications from first time Trustees.

Trustees meet once a month to review grant applications and attendance may be in person or online. Full Board meetings are held quarterly in our London office and attendance in person is required.  

All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

We respect and value difference and seek to create an inclusive workplace which promotes and values equality, diversity and inclusion. We, therefore, welcome applications from all backgrounds especially from people with lived experience of vision impairment.

What difference will you make?

It is estimated there are in excess of 40,000 vision impaired children and young people aged under 25 in the UK. Although this is a relatively small group there is often a high level of need.

During our first year in 2023, we have awarded over 100 grants totalling almost £650,000. 

The Trustees’ policy on grant giving is discretionary and aims to support individuals who are unable to otherwise afford the cost of habilitation, assistive technology, knowledge and skills development or activities to promote well-being and independence. The charity accepts applications for grants from both individuals and other charitable organisations with similar objectives.

Charities who have been awarded a grant are a mix of local, national, small, large, condition specific or general. Often the grant is used to start a new service for children and young people or to help maintain an existing service.

Becoming a Trustee of The Powell Family Foundation is enjoyable and rewarding. It comes with the opportunity to directly support vision impaired children and young people to help fulfil their potential. 

Before you apply

Please apply via Reach, attaching your CV with a supporting statement detailing why you would like to work with The Powell Family Foundation and what attracted you to the role. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an online interview and those who progress to the next stage will be invited to a second interview in person. We expect interviews to commence in late February 2024.

Applicants are welcome to an informal discussion with the Executive Director prior to application. Trustees will serve an initial 3 year term

Applicants must be able to show their eligibility to become a trustee as set out in The Charity Commission's The Essential Trustee guide.

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