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Contribute to making a transformative difference to the lives of young people as a Trustee on our committed and active board.

  • Location: Flexible
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The Access Project is an innovative education charity giving young people from under-resourced backgrounds the support to access a top education. We support students with the resources and guidance they need to access top universities, through a unique blend of in-school mentoring, tutoring and skills coaching.

We currently support nearly 2,000 young people aged 14-18 across 40 schools each year.

About the role

In September 2022, we embarked on a new, 4-year strategy and are currently reviewing our programme model during this period to lay the foundation for significant future growth. This requires us to develop new capabilities.

We are seeking new Trustees to work with, challenge and support the Chief Executive and the executive team over the coming years to meet our ambitions. In particular, we need to continue to develop various capabilities across the organisation, manage a period of growth and associated change, and increase our funding through activating the personal and professional networks of our Trustees and supporters.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for two Trustees to join our board and seek experience in these particular areas:

  1.  An individual with experience in a senior school leadership team, CEO of a multi-academy trust, or experience in education policy. We are particularly interested in experience gained in schools operating in areas of disadvantage across the North East or North West of England, as well as other regions.
  2. A Chartered Accountant with senior strategic finance leadership experience; we are open to background. Ideally, our candidate will have experience of charity accounting and can bring some experience in supporting an organisation’s financially sustainable growth.

We are seeking Trustees who will be actively committed to the mission, values, equality, diversity and inclusion focus of The Access Project. We welcome applicants who are based in or have strong connections with our delivery outside of London; in the East and West Midlands, and in West Yorkshire or other areas of the North East and North West.


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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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Welcome from the Chairman

Dear Trustee Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in The Access Project (TAP).  Inequitable access to quality education and the resulting difference in life-long opportunities is patently unfair. TAP strives to redress this inequity by helping capable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain entrance to the country’s top universities. We are currently assisting approximately 2,000 students per year but there are many more in need of our assistance, and we are on a mission to recruit at the top level of our organisation those with the skills, passion and wherewithal to help us scale our reach and our impact.

Having begun in fairly humble circumstances, I have personally experienced the transformation and opportunity that comes from access to a motivated teacher, an inspiring tutor, and an exceptional educational experience. I first became involved with TAP nearly ten years ago, initially as a financial supporter through the investment partnership that I and several friends created. I then became a volunteer TAP tutor and eventually was invited to join the organisation’s board. Recently, I assumed the chairmanship of the board of TAP, and I continue in a personal capacity to financially support our work. Our ability to obtain multi-year funding commitments is one of the principal constraints on our growth.  I hope if you chose to join TAP’s board that you would feel equally spurred on to support the organisation’s fundraising objectives.

We have seen the transformative nature of our work through the life experiences of countless young people, who have participated in our programme. It is clear that we are most effective when those acting on our behalf are passionate about our work and, to this end, we are seeking candidates for this role who share our passion to contribute their unique experience and knowledge, beyond board meetings, through active engagement with the organisation.

We are fortunate to count amongst our trustees two alumni of our programme, who are able, regularly, to share with us their unique perspectives based on their personal experiences of our work. We recognise the benefits of diverse experiences and backgrounds to our decision-making and the execution of our work; to this end, we will be seeking to appoint trustees from the widest possible variety of backgrounds.

I hope that our work excites you and we hope that you, too, can join us in the pursuit of our mission.

Sincerely,

John Kelly-Jones
Chairman

Welcome from the CEO

Dear Trustee Candidate,

We are delighted that you are interested in this opportunity to join us at The Access Project as a trustee.

The UK today remains a place where your background has a heavily weighted impact on your life outcomes. Access to educational opportunities is profoundly unequal and young people from the most under-resourced backgrounds are significantly underrepresented at top universities. With inequality at its highest in 10 years, we need to do more to level the playing field. At The Access Project, the part we play is to give young people from under-resourced backgrounds the support to access a top education. We support students with the resources and guidance they need to access top universities, through a unique blend of in-school mentoring, tutoring and skills coaching. This support delivers impact – the young people we work with are twice as likely to get into top universities as their peers. This is our part in supporting more young people to achieve their potential.

We are at an exciting point in our journey to support even more young people as we embark on our growth ambitions. This is an incredibly exciting time to bring your experience, expertise and insight to support our passionate and dedicated team in achieving the next phase of growth. We live our values, supported by our deep commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are fortunate to have a very strong and dedicated board and we very much welcome challenge, support and direction from our trustees.

If you feel you can contribute through your passion, your lived experience or your expertise to support our mission, we would love to hear from you.

With best regards,

Anna Searle
Chief Executive Officer

About The Access Project

The Access Project is an innovative education charity that supports young people from under-resourced backgrounds to gain places at top universities.

We currently support nearly 2,000 young people aged 14-18 across 40 schools each year. Our targeted intervention supports students in making good choices and strong applications through in-school mentoring delivered by our team of talented University Access Officers. We also help raise students’ attainment so they can meet the university requirements through providing academic tuition, delivered 1-2-1 by volunteer tutors or in small groups by paid tutors.

We are acutely aware of the widening access gap for students from under-resourced backgrounds and believe our programme has the potential to play a key role in reducing educational access inequalities. We are therefore building our growth plans to expand into a national organisation. We work in London, the West and East Midlands, West Yorkshire and the North West. We have a team of c.70 staff working in schools and in our regions. We will turnover c.£3.7m in the financial year 2023/2024, with our funding coming from a range of sources, including schools, businesses, major donors, universities and grant-making trusts, ensuring we are not over-reliant on any one funding stream.

A strong commitment to evidence and impact is at the heart of how we work, and we are proud that independent research provides validation and evidence that our students achieve higher grades and are between two to four times as likely to progress to top universities as peers from similar backgrounds.

In September 2022, we embarked on a new, 4-year strategy and are currently reviewing our programme model during this period to lay the foundation for significant future growth. This requires us to develop new capabilities to achieve our ambitions.

Thank you for your interest in this role. Please download the Role Description and Person Specification.

To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “The Access Project – Trustees” into the subject field.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification, please let us know.

If you experience any technical or accessibility difficulties, need help making an application, or have any additional support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please let us know.

Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.

Timetable

Closing date: Monday 12th February 2024
Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 20th February 2024
First Stage Interviews (virtual): Monday 26th February 2024
Final Stage Interviews (in person): Monday 4th March 2024


Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and The Access Project are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.


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