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Job description

A Bookmark Reading Charity trustee

Role specification

The duties of a Bookmark Trustee are as follows:

  • Working with fellow Trustees to shape, drive and monitor the Charity's strategy and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the Charity applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the Charity defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the Charity and promoting the Charity externally
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Charity, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the Charity
  • Supporting the Charity to ensure it is a diverse and inclusive organisation, by acting as a Board level diversity champion who, together with the Senior Leadership Team, will advocate the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion, and be accountable for improving practice and communicating our diversity strategies to the Charity's staff, volunteer and school communities, and other stakeholders
  • Protecting and managing the property of the Charity and ensuring the proper investment of the Charity's funds
  • Managing risks with a considered, proportionate, and balanced approach
  • Preparing for, and participating fully in, board meetings and participating in one or more sub-committees as required
  • Using any specific skills, knowledge or experience you have to help the Board reach quick and sound decisions by scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise

Person specification


  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the Charity, its strategic objectives and cause
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of normal working hours
  • Experience and an understanding of strategy development
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A passionate commitment to equality and diversity
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity
  • An awareness of developments in the voluntary sector and areas of interest to the charity together with a passion for social change
  • A commitment to Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership


Strong skills, experience, or knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Experience of charity governance and working with organisations associated with children/ education
  • Previous experience of volunteer management and/ or scale up of an organisation/ operational capability
  • Digital and IT
  • Finance and accounting
  • Law, especially charity law or employment law
  • Communications, PR, and marketing
  • Fundraising and/ or business growth/ entrepreneurial experience and skills

Equality and diversity

Bookmark is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

Bookmark, and the charity sector more generally, supports a diverse range of communities, people and causes. However, this diversity is not reflected in our personnel, particularly at senior leadership and board level.

We aim at all times to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds - men and women, people of all ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. However, as we seek to increase the diversity of our trustee board, we particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, disabled and socially diverse candidates, who are currently under-represented among our trustees.

We welcome any candidate who can contribute greater diversity in its widest sense to the Board, including diversity of background, life experience, career path and thought.


  • Trustees are expected to commit around 10-15 hours per month to the Charity
  • Board meetings are usually held 4 times per year, either in person (Central London) or remotely. In addition, Trustees may be required to attend sub­ committees which meet 2 to 3 times per year
  • Outside of Board and committee meetings, staff may seek to consult with Trustees on particular subjects and the Trustees are also expected to represent the Charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders
  • Trustees are appointed for a 3-year term and can be re-elected
  • The role is unpaid, however reasonable expenses are paid in line with the Charity's expenses policy

The values we all demonstrate

We have heart

  • We care deeply about what we do; it is our driving force
  • We believe in the potential of all children and the power of communities to support them
  • We fuel our work with optimism and a positive energy, supporting each other through challenges and celebrating our achievements

We are curious

  • We are interested and constantly learning so that we can adapt to improve the support we provide
  • We ask questions and contribute outside of our specialties to develop great ideas
  • We have the courage to challenge the norm in search of a better alternative

We are a team

  • We work together with our volunteers, schools, partners and supporters
  • We embrace diversity and celebrate differing perspectives and backgrounds
  • We listen well and communicate clearly to seek understanding and achieve better outcomes

We act with integrity

  • We are trusted to always keep safeguarding at the heart of what we do
  • We are honest and open within our teams and across our communities
  • We are professional and hold the highest expectations of ourselves and one another

We make it happen

  • We work hard - and smart - to fulfil our promises and make an impact
  • We are proud of what we have achieved, and we know there is always more to do
  • We each play an important role in Bookmark's story and consider how our actions impact the charity's vision


Bookmark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being and welfare of children and requires everyone associated with the charity, including all trustees, employees, and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will need to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including references from past employers and Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

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Bookmark Reading

Each year, eight children in an average class will leave primary school unable to read well. These children often struggle in school, and... Read more

Posted on: 18 November 2021
Closing date: 08 December 2021
Tags: Trustees

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