The Blagrave Trust is recruiting up to three additional trustees to our Board. We are a youth-focused funder seeking to bring lasting change to the lives of young people aged 14 - 25 facing the most disadvantage, to enable a positive transition to adulthood. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion we actively encourage candidates from under-represented communities, individuals with lived experience of the issues we work on, and first time trustees who may not have considered themselves for this kind of role.
The Blagrave Trust funds work in the South East of England as well as some policy and influencing work and other national initiatives, such as The Listening Fund. We anticipate making grants totaling c £3 million during 2021 and this will increase marginally in the ensuing years. It is an incredibly exciting time to join the Trust – our income is growing, we are launching several exciting initiatives and on the back of several years learning, we are building our capacity to scale and develop our work. We currently make grants to organisations and individual young changemakers in the following areas:
- Charities who are working to improve young people’s lives in the here and now with work in areas like employability, information and advice, homelessness and child sexual exploitation;
- Advancing work that improves the way in which the voluntary sector, the public and power-holders listen to young people, and acts on what they hear; and,
- Supporting work that informs and influences policy on behalf of this age group – and where possible enables young people to lead change on the social justice issues they care about
- Supporting young people directly who are activating their lived experience to create change themselves, and embedding young people within our grant-making processes (participatory grant-making)
We believe a Board’s strength lies in its collective knowledge and diversity – that is to say, that our trustees reflect and are respected for their unique range of experiences, identity and perspectives. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive. Board culture – this is an evolving work in progress. First time trustees are welcome to apply alongside more seasoned experience. In 2018 and in 2019 we recruited 4 new
trustees including two trustees in their early 20’s. Our current Chair and finance trustee are both in their mid-30’s.
In 2021 two of our trustees will step down, leaving a Board of 6 – hence we are looking to appoint 2 or 3 more for a minimum 3 year term. We have a strong knowledge of the charitable and funding sector on our Board, as well as legal skills, finance and investment skills, campaigning and grassroots movements, research and charity
management. For this recruitment we will positively consider candidates aged 18 and above. We are not
setting any upper age limit. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – this means that trustees have limited personal liability though they still have responsibility for the overall governing of the charity.
We are looking for two Trustees to support our mission. The kinds of skills and aptitudes we are looking for are as follows:
- A passion for social change and an interest in contributing to or learning how funders can support this in partnership with the voluntary sector for and with young people at national and local levels
- An understanding and/or interest in how children and young people can influence change themselves
- Some personal experience of the charity sector and/or the kinds of issues that young people with experience of disadvantage require help with
- The ability to both communicate with and listen to the different views and unique experiences of fellow Board members and young people
- A commitment to team work and consensus building, without being afraid to critically challenge or question – striving for better rather than good
- Commitment to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion