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Do you believe in a future where everyone has access to reliable and affordable renewable energy in homes that are warm and efficient? Join the MCS Charitable Foundation as a Trustee and be part of their work to make this happen as quickly as possible.

  • Location: Flexible within the UK
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The MCS Charitable Foundation, founded by the UK Government, operates as an independent UK-wide charity and is at the very forefront of efforts to address climate change.

The Foundation is a leading not-for-profit organisation and voice in the decarbonisation of homes and buildings sector – a sector that accounts for around 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) was originally set up by the UK Government in 2008 to maintain and promote standards in home-grown renewable energy. Since 2018, the scheme has been operated by the MCS Foundation through its trading company, with the income from the scheme used to fund the Foundation’s charitable mission.

Today, with a professional staff of around 75, capital funds of around £6 million and financial surpluses from the running of the MCS scheme, the MCS Foundation has an unparalleled level of sector expertise, intellectual and financial resources dedicated to the decarbonisation of homes, combined with the capacity to access and mobilise stakeholders across industry, government, academic and civil society.

The Foundation undertakes its work as follows:

  • Through grants and partnerships, driving and supporting innovative projects that will accelerate the decarbonisation of homes.
  • Overseeing the MCS Company, which defines, maintains and improves quality standards for renewable energy at buildings scale.
  • Through its research programme and engagement with policy makers, advocating for impactful policy changes.

The MCS Charitable Foundation has a track record of impactful projects in areas such as:

  • Mass scale retrofit
  • Research and consumer information
  • Development and policy
  • Standards and safety
  • Skills and education
  • Community capacity building

Examples of grant-funded projects include:

  • A regional skills project being delivered by Neath Port Talbot Council that involves working with partners to develop further education provider readiness to deliver MCS certifiable green skills provision.
  • A project being delivered by Green Finance Institute that aims to catalyse the UK’s Property Linked Finance (PLF) market. PLF is a financial instrument that supports homeowners to fund up to 100% of the upfront costs of energy efficiency improvements.
  • A project being delivered by Oxford City Council to cost and plan an area specific retrofit pilot project across different tenure/building types with high levels of community and stakeholder engagement.

You can read more about completed and ongoing funded projects on the on the MCS Charitable Foundation website.

About the role

As the staff and board take the Foundation to the next level, they are looking to recruit two Trustees to their Board who can offer strategic guidance to the Foundation.

This is a high-impact role for individuals keen on contributing to the forefront of decarbonisation efforts in the UK and bringing their strategic skills and experience to an organisation working to overcome the many practical challenges of making net-zero emissions in homes and buildings a reality.

Several of our Trustees are also Trustee representatives on the Board of MCS Service Company, which ensures quality and standards of renewable energy installations. It is desirable that the new Trustees also have the flexibility to join the Company Board.

There are currently 4 Foundation Board Meetings a year with short informal meetings in between as needed.

The MCS Service Company Board also meets 4 times per year.

The estimated time commitment for Trustees is a total of 6-9 days per year for serving on the Foundation Board only, or a total of 12 days a year for serving on both Boards.

The initial term for a Trustee is three years and may be renewed to enable up to three terms in total.

Who we are looking for

First and foremost, we are looking for Trustees who share our values, have a strong interest in decarbonisation and the energy transition, and believe in the changes we are working towards every day for our communities, our country, and our planet.

It is important to us that our new Trustees bring board-level experience (which could have been gained at private firms, public sector and/or charitable organisations) and a strong understanding of and commitment to good governance. Although specialist knowledge about the issues we work on is not required, it is essential for our Trustees to have a passion for addressing the climate emergency and to care deeply about making positive, lasting change.  Because we want to make a difference and do so as quickly as possible, we need Trustees who are extremely committed to our cause, and who bring a constructive and collaborative approach.

We welcome applications from candidates who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds which could include, but are not limited to, innovation, advocacy, fundraising and partnerships, policy and governance. Because we want to make a difference and do so as quickly as possible, we need Trustees who are extremely committed to our cause with relevant professional experience that can help us achieve our aims as an organisation, and who bring a constructive and collaborative approach.


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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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 Chair

Dear Candidate,

Thank you very much for your interest in the Trustee role on our Board. While the need to address climate change is well understood, finding and deploying the solutions at the scale and timeframe needed is still a very substantial challenge for which there are no easy answers. Nevertheless, those solutions must be found and implemented with great urgency.

The MCS Foundation and its 75-strong professional staff is a front-line, hands-on organisation dedicated to finding and implementing those solutions for the UK household sector, which accounts for nearly 20% of all national emissions.

We do so via three core streams of activities. First, we wholly own a subsidiary that sets and enforces national quality standards for low-carbon household solutions, such as solar and heat pumps. Our certification scheme today accredits over 3,000 installers across the UK and gives us deep reach, expertise and connections with the industry. Second, we have an active research and advocacy programme through which we produce evidence, alone or in partnership with academic and/or other non-profit organisations and engage with policymakers and politicians of all parties to help shape policies that accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies for households. Third, we have an incubator that brings together key stakeholders from private, public and civil society sectors to identify promising ideas with national deployment potential that advance retrofit at scale, and we then provide seed funding and active support to them. To date, we have funded over 50 projects with a total seed funding of around £2m.

All our work is funded with our own resources, which includes a combination of revenues from managing our endowment to trading surpluses from our subsidiary, giving us the financial stability and ability to keep growing despite the challenging economic times. Many of our seed-funded projects have attracted match funding, and we have ambitions to grow our funding partnerships so that we can increase the scale and impact of our work.

Notwithstanding its achievements to date and having established itself as a leading national organisation and voice in the decarbonisation of households, the MCS Foundation is still a young organisation, established by the UK government and then spun off as an independent entity in 2018. After building, during the last 5 years, the core pillars of our work and establishing our credibility in our sector and with stakeholders, we are now moving to a phase where we can and will substantially and quickly expand our reach, initiatives and impact.

For these reasons, I find this Trustee role to be unique and exciting. Unique because you will join an established organisation with the networks, expertise and resources to have a real, lasting impact on the UK’s decarbonisation, yet with the vibrancy of a young entity whose next chapter you will help write. Exciting because the reach, impact and complexity of the MCS Foundation’s work will ensure in the years ahead that trustees have a vibrant, intellectually stimulating and engaging role in a charity with demonstrable impact.

This new phase we are entering will require a Board that is experienced and talented in supporting and overseeing national and complex organisations. To that end, we are looking for trustees who have the motivation and relevant experience to join our Board and contribute to that endeavour.

If this resonates with you, I would strongly encourage you to review the material and consider the role. We look very much forward to hearing your story and what you can contribute to the MCS Foundation.

Best wishes,

Fabio Nehme
Chair


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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

About the MCS Charitable Foundation

The MCS Foundation, founded by the UK Government, today operates as an independent Foundation and is a leading UK not-for-profit organisation with a vision to make every UK home carbon free.

In the face of today’s climate emergency, we know that a carbon free future for UK homes is vital – for our communities, our country and our planet. This is a future where everyone has access to reliable and affordable renewable energy in homes that are warm and efficient. Making this happen as quickly as possible drives all our work.

We were founded to oversee the MCS standards scheme which certifies the quality of renewable energy across UK homes. Supporting this important work remains fundamental, but our role as a Foundation goes further.

As a catalyst for change, we convene partners from all parts of our sector – driving innovation to accelerate the use of carbon free energy in UK homes and other building types too. We support and develop action-orientated programmes to address critical issues like retrofitting UK homes at scale and expanding the skills base that our sector urgently needs. And we commission robust, independent research that informs and shapes policy making to drive a carbon free future for all UK homes.

In the coming years we plan to significantly step up our level of activity, supporting and driving the growth of the sector through advocating for policy change, convening the sector to drive innovation, increasing investment in sector innovations (from our own and external resources) and by being the quality assurance partner to the sector.


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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

Accessibility information

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. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building as well as all key meeting rooms and bathrooms.
  • 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.

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 or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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    Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Thursday 16th November 2023
    First stage interviews (virtual): Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2023
    Second stage interviews (in person): Wednesday 13th December 2023


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