The Young Foundation supports locally-led action, building knowledge around the issues people tell us they care about. We work collaboratively to improve lives and address shared challenges, driving social change for stronger communities and a fairer future.

As a driving force and pioneer in our field, we are looking to build the best non-executive team to steer the organisation. We are interested in hearing from candidates from across the UK and all sectors; voluntary, community, social enterprise, public and private. We are particularly keen to diversify the make-up of the Board, and to recruit more trustees who are younger, and/or from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and/or female. Additionally, we would also be interested to hear from people with experience in one of the following: higher education, local government, public affairs, finance, and community action.

Role profile

Appointment: Trustee

Accountable to: Chair of the Board of Trustees

Time commitment: Trustees usually commit 10 days across a year for three years. In addition to providing advice and support relevant to their fields of expertise, and engaging with activity across The Young Foundation, Trustees attend four to five Board meetings per year, which are usually held at our offices at Toynbee Hall, East London. Trustees commit time to reading company reports and correspondence, preparing for meetings, and participating in ad hoc activities or committees.

Main responsibilities of the trustee role

  • To support, promote and develop the charity externally in order for it to grow and maintain its relevance to society.
  • To act as an ambassador for The Young Foundation and its aims, objectives and strategic priorities, drawing on networks, relationships and associations.
  • To contribute actively to the overall strategic direction and development of The Young Foundation through effective strategic planning and discussions relevant to it.
  • To share professional and personal experiences that enhance the Board’s ability to consider issues from all angles and reach a considered decision.
  • To ensure the highest standards of governance and probity and that the charity complies with the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ overall role in setting policy, defining goals and targets and evaluating performance.
  • To maintain sound financial management of the charity’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with objectives, and adding to public confidence and trust.
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the charity’s resources, acting in the best interest of the charity, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times.
  • To maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive and confidential information received in the course of duties.

For more information, including details on how to apply to be a trustee, download the brief here

Please send your CV and cover letter to by Monday 26 February 2024.

Posted on: 16 January 2024


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