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Trustee The Powell Family Foundation

The Powell Family Foundation (TPFF) is a new charity providing grants to support vision impaired children and young people in the UK. We are seeking an additional Trustee with particular skills in the area of property management to help us build on a highly successful first year.

  • Location: London and Virtual
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 21st August

Who we are

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.

The Powell Family Foundation (TPFF) is an independent Foundation funded by investments and run by Trustees and staff who are passionate about improving the lives of vision impaired children and young people.

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

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.

During our first year in 2023, we awarded over 100 grants totalling almost £650,000. This is an exciting time for the Foundation as, in 2024, we will review our first year and consider how we use our investment income of approximately £1m p.a. to achieve the greatest impact.

We currently have two members of staff (an Executive Director and Grants Manager) and seven Trustees including our Chair.

About the role

We are looking for an additional Trustee with experience in property management to strengthen our dynamic and committed Board. This person will maintain oversight of our portfolio of residential and retail properties and be a member of our Property Sub-Committee.

As a member of the main Board, you will play a key role in discussing and agreeing on the award of grants and the governance of the Foundation. You will also update the Board on matters relating to the property portfolio.

You will also advise the Executive Director, Trustees, and other employees on an ad hoc basis and develop a good working relationship with the Foundation’s property management company.

As a Trustee, you will 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. By playing a key role in developing the Foundation, you will directly support vision impaired children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Our new Trustee will serve an initial three-year term with the potential to extend.

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

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone with a real passion for our work and a high degree of personal integrity to help us make a positive difference in the lives of vision impaired children and young people.

Our new Trustee will have relevant experience in the management of residential and retail properties, either operationally or as a Trustee. The ideal candidate would have a good understanding of the law relating to UK property, good independent judgement, and a strategic vision. Crucially, you will demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to your role.

You will demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team, communicating tactfully with a diverse range of individuals. You will be able to provide sound advice to the Executive Director, Trustees and other employees within the Foundation.

You will possess an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship and a willingness to comply with the Foundation’s policies and procedures.

Please note that we are happy to accept applications from first-time Trustees, and all necessary training will be given.

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

At present, the Property Sub-Committee meets monthly with the property management agents for a maximum of one hour. Our new Trustee will be expected to participate in the full Board meetings as well as the Grants Committee and Property Sub-Committee meetings.

The time commitment will be 8 – 12 hours per month.


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

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Ella Garfinkel | ella@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07432 859534

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Jenn Allen

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Welcome from the Chairman and Executive Director

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee of The Powell Family Foundation.

We are passionate about enabling children and young people who are vision impaired to become confident, independent young people. The first year of our grant-making activities has exceeded everyone’s expectations. The number and variety of grants we have been able to award have been really amazing.

We have helped parents buy specialist equipment and enabled children to pursue their interests, whether it is making music, skiing, or creating stories. We have also helped fund charities to develop or start new services to support vision impaired children and young people.

We are financially very sound, with our grant-making largely funded by the rental income received from the substantial property portfolios generously bequeathed by Rodney Powell and his mother, Patricia Powell. The properties are a mix of residential and commercial, mainly in West London, with a total value of approximately £45m. As you can imagine, it is vitally important that we manage and maintain the properties in a responsible and efficient manner.

A property management company looks after the day-to-day maintenance and rent collections. As a Trustee with relevant property experience, you will have oversight of the portfolio and develop a good relationship with the management company.

We have a Property committee that meets monthly with the management company and then reports to the full Board to keep all Trustees up-to-date on property matters.

If you have the enthusiasm and relevant knowledge, please contact our advising consultants — and help us continue to have a really positive impact on the lives of children with vision impairment.

Simon Curtis
Chairman

Colin Whitbourn
Executive Director

About us

The Powell Family Foundation was set up by Rodney Powell and is funded by the generous legacies of Rodney and his mother, Pat.

The Powell family has had a long connection with the world of vision impairment, going back nearly a century.

Rodney had a successful career as a chartered surveyor in London and Madrid, and he was a property expert. He served for 37 years as a Trustee of Thomas Pocklington Trust, 26 of those years as Chairman of Trustees.

Pat was a Trustee and later a patron of Thomas Pocklington Trust. Towards the end of her long, life it became Pat’s wish to try and do something for blind and vision impaired children and young people.

The Powell Family Foundation was formed in June of 2020. It was established with the intention that it would receive the bulk of the estates of Rodney Powell and his mother, Pat Powell, and that it would focus its attention on providing grants to support vision impaired children and young people.

Rodney died in September 2020 at the age of 71. His mother Pat died early in 2021, eight weeks short of her 102nd birthday.

The substantial property portfolios bequeathed to the Foundation by Rodney and Pat provide the resources that fund our activities.

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

Our values

TPFF is an independent, well-resourced Foundation run by Trustees and staff who are passionate about what we do.

TPFF aims to demonstrate our values in all that we do.

We will be:

  • Clear – so everyone knows what we stand for, what we aim to achieve, our processes and decisions. Our policies and procedures will be clear and unambiguous.
  • Honest – with no hidden agenda, we will explain our plans, activities and decisions and not hide from the truth or difficult conversations.
  • Accountable —Trustees and staff are accountable for their actions and will ensure their behaviours support our purpose and do not adversely impact the charity.
  • Collaborative – we will work with the people we serve (children, young people, parents, guardians, charities) to help us improve our grant making process and identify areas of need. We will work with partner organisations where we can add value and impact.
  • Fair and Consistent – we will be diligent in our assessment of grant applications and consider each in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Supportive – we will talk to people who are in receipt of a TPFF grant to see if there is any additional help or support we can recommend. We will ensure our colleagues work in a supportive environment where they can develop and contribute fully.

Accessibility information

The Powell Family Foundation value a diverse Board and ensures all members are supported to fulfil their roles to the best of their abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

Two of our Trustees are registered blind, one of whom is a guide dog user.

All communications are produced in accessible formats.

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


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

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Ella Garfinkel | ella@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07432 859534

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 21st August 2024
    Interviews: Friday 6th September 2024 (In person, London)


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