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Samworth Foundation
Unpaid. Reimbursement for expenses incurred while on Foundation business.
Closing date
16 Jun 2022

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Would you like to play a key role in a charitable foundation committed to tackling social and environmental issues? If so, we are looking for one or two Trustees to join the Samworth Foundation, a grant-making charity, to help us invest our resources in organisations working to bring about positive change.

Established in 1973, the Samworth Foundation is a family grant-making charitable trust. As a funder, we aim to bring lasting change to issues that impact on people, communities, and the environment, in the UK and internationally.

Our two main work streams relate to addressing the root causes of sexual exploitation, and to combating climate change and environmental degradation, and we look to fund exceptional organisations who are working to tackle these issues. We are a proactive grant-maker, identifying potential grantees and inviting them to submit applications.

Trustees share responsibility for governing the Foundation and directing how it is managed and run. You will help us effectively distribute our resources to organisations working to address issues of social and environmental concern in the UK and overseas.

We are looking for people with a commitment to the vision of the Samworth Foundation, who have good strategic thinking skills, sound judgement, and the ability to work effectively as part of a small team.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experience working or volunteering in the climate change sector, and/or those who have been involved in/with organisations working to tackle exploitation (Modern Slavery, Violence Against Women and Girls, child exploitation etc.).  We welcome knowledge and skills gained from across the sectors (private, public, or charity), or through lived experience.

We are looking for people who may be considering taking their first step into a Trustee role or who have been involved with trusteeships previously.

Person specification

The following skills, knowledge, and experience, would be helpful for the role of Trustee:

  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of the Foundation.
  • An understanding of the charity sector.
  • Experience of working within (voluntary or paid) the climate change sector and/or exploitation field (Modern Slavery, Violence Against Women and Girls, child exploitation etc.). 
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision.
  • The confidence to constructively express your views.
  • Politically astute, with the ability to grasp relevant issues and understand relationships between interested parties.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to learn about and take responsibility for the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a trustee.
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