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Education Trustee 1851 Trust

1851 Trust are seeking a passionate, education Trustee with experience of secondary school science education and policy, and a strong interest in technology and sustainability. This is a strategic role for an innovative candidate to support the education team and advise the board as the Trust moves to the next stage of its development.

  • Location: Occasional travel to Portsmouth
  • Salary: Unrenumerated with expenses reimbursed

1851 Trust in Portsmouth is looking for an Education Trustee who can demonstrate commitment and understanding of the Trust’s social purpose to inspire young people through STEM education.

Our ideal candidate will have a talent for networking and an interest in education policy, combined with an in-depth understanding of the current STEM agenda in schools.

As the newly appointed Trustee you will be expected to contribute fresh perspectives and provide strategic vision and implementation advice to the Board and the Executive, sharing our ambition for raising aspirations for young people with inspirational learning content.

A robust understanding of governance is desirable, as is the experience of operating effectively with and adding value to a small team.

The Board meets quarterly at our incredible facilities in Portsmouth and there are many opportunities to attend events and workshops.  The successful candidate will support the executive team on an informal basis between meetings and advise Trustees on the standard and quality of educational resources provided by the Trust.

We strongly encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. 

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

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

Eshé Muhammad | eshe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749978

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee of the 1851 Trust. The 1851 Trust is a truly unique charity, which brings together cutting-edge science and technology, amazing, high-performance people and organisations, and a passion for inspiring young people through education.

With an overall mission to empower young people to create a healthier world, we believe in the need for a broader range of young people to benefit from learning through inspirational, real-world contexts that deliver relevant STEM knowledge, help raise attainment and build self-belief.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Board as we launch a major new climate science programme, Protect Our Future. This will complement our well-established, sport-inspired STEM Crew programme, which has grown to a network of 9,000 teachers, parents and educators (including at half of secondary schools around the UK).

As a Board of Trustees we are committed to maximising the positive impact for young people of our work and as our education expert, we are looking to you to bring insight and enthusiasm, to support and challenge and to ensure that we are setting ambitious targets for ourselves and young people

If you would like to be part of helping shape how the 1851 Trust delivers its mission through schools and by reshaping education over the coming years, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Best wishes

Louise Makin, Chair

The 1851 Trust is a specialist education-focused charity set up in 2014. With the support and encouragement of our distinguished patrons and trustees, we have built an enviable reputation and influence. Our unique combination of real-world context and high-quality education resources has proved to be a compelling mix for young people and our flagship STEM Crew digital platform (www.stemcrew.org) has a network of over 5,000 STEM teachers at half of UK secondary schools.

We are now at a crucial point in our development. It is our ambition to meet the needs of more teachers and appeal to more young people by embedding STEM Crew in schools and by encouraging young people to access our resources independently. This requires us to continue the evolution of our pedagogy and to build stronger links across the education landscape from teachers and schools to Government.

The Trust’s charitable objectives cover the promotion of STEM education and skills and safeguarding the environment and sustainability, all with a particular focus on creating opportunities for under-represented groups of young people.

SailGP Joe Wellard giving a class at the Sir Jogn Hunt School,Plymouth. Pix by Wayne Perry - 07801289134 8/6/21

The small Trust team has developed a strong reputation for delivering unique learning experiences for young people both digitally and face-to-face, which leverage the Trust’s access and passion for elite sport, sustainability and cutting edge science and technology.

We are about to launch an exciting new programme which has the potential to have an even greater impact on young people and our future.


We, at 1851 Trust, 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. We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

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.

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

    Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

    Eshé Muhammad | eshe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749978

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Closing date: Friday 1st April 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 8th April 2022

    First Stage Interviews: TBC

    Second Stage Interviews: TBC

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