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Chair of Trustees and Trustee School Home Support

We exist to ensure every child can be at school, ready to learn. Whatever it takes. We are looking for a new Chair and Trustee to support our board as we broaden our reach.

  • Location: London / Remote
  • Salary: Voluntary
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

School Home Support is a national charity focused on getting young people into education, improving their life chances and supporting their families through our work. We partner with schools, local authorities and communities, looking beyond the classroom to understand and tackle the issues affecting children’s learning, such as poverty, inadequate housing and mental ill-health. Since 1984, we have used early intervention to break intergenerational cycles of deprivation and low aspiration, replacing them with children in school and ready to learn.

We are looking to spread our reach and maximise our impact. Through increased fundraising activity, entering new areas of the country, and partnering with new schools and Multi-Academy Trusts our practitioners support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access, and thrive in their education settings.

Having recently published our 2022-2027 strategy, School Home Support is entering a new phase of its journey as a charity. So, we are looking for a new Chair and a Trustee who come with a passion for improving educational outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and each bringing a unique set of skills and experience to the Charity.

About the roles

There is a golden thread that runs throughout our board, and that is a passion for improving the life chances and opportunities of our learners. This ethos is something that all candidates will need to possess.

We are hoping to grow our reach and diversify the levels of service that we provide to maximise our impact. We hope to find a Chair, and one Trustee who can work with our leadership as we enter the next phase of our journey.

Who are we looking for?

Chair Designate

Primarily, our new Chair should be an individual who can lead and inspire our Trust board. The Chair provides leadership to the Board and Executive Team, harnessing and directing the Trustees’ efforts in support of the charity’s wide-ranging engagement activities. This is a crucial time for us as we broaden our service offer Our new Chair should have previous governance experience.

Firstly, we seek to appoint a Chair Designate to join our board and work with our incumbent, Fred Sharrock, with a view to succeeding him in 2024. Given the existing skills we have on our board, and our purpose as an organisation, we would welcome applications from individuals with any sector background, but preferably demonstratable senior leadership experience within it.

Our strategic intent is to grow our reach. We seek a Chair with commercial skills who can support us in achieving our goals. Having a demonstratable track record of driving growth, and expansion in your current or previous organisations is desirable.

Most of all, we need our Chair to share our motivation. We exist to maximise young people’s learning opportunities and work in areas of lower socio-economic opportunity to maximise our impact. It is the Chair who will give the board clear leadership and ensure that we are acting compliantly and effectively as a non-executive function.

The Board meets four times a year for half a day and currently has two main sub-committees – Finance and Impact, and Fundraising, which trustees are encouraged to also support as relevant. There are also ad hoc external events and fundraisers, usually 2-3 evenings annually, and trustees are encouraged to make at least one school visit per year.

Trustee

We are looking for a Trustee with extensive fundraising experience to support us as we diversify our service. The role of a trustee is to offer positive challenge, scrutiny to our leadership. You will also act as a critical friend and share your knowledge and expertise with our fundraising team, which has recently doubles in size to reflect our growth ambition.

In addition to sitting on the charity board, Trustees are invited to sit on one of our three committees which are:

Fundraising and Marketing Committee: The role of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee is to provide oversight, support and governance to the staff team in the development and delivery of the fundraising and marketing strategies to support fundraising and marketing activities required to increase levels of voluntary income and help raise School-Home Support profile as outlined in the business plan.

Finance Committee: The role of the Finance Committee is to oversee the effective financial, risk management and recording policies and procedures of SHS and to report and make recommendations to the board thereon.

Impact Committee: The role of the Impact Committee is to provide oversight, support and guidance to the staff team in the measurement, evaluation and communication of impact of SHS’s work on children, parents/carers, families, schools and wider society.

As a Trustee, you must be prepared to commit to four half-day board meetings and one AGM in addition to three committee meetings. Our meetings are held in our Stratford office, London.

School Home Support actively encourages applications from under-represented groups. As we build our organisation, we have the ambition to ensure it is fully reflective of the society we serve.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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Accessibility

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. 

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 5 p.m. Wednesday 26th April 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 2nd May 2023
    Interviews: Wednesday 10th May 2023


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