Fundraising Trustee / Director

Job Title: Fundraising Trustee / Director
Location: Trowbridge
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J69351
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 08, 2020 16:53

Job Description

MEI is committed to improving mathematics education and promotes teaching and learning through different strands of activity. We support teachers through a range of professional development opportunities, including our annual conference. Innovative resources are continually being developed to extend and enrich your knowledge of mathematics, whether teacher, student, undergraduate or member of the workforce.


What will you be doing?

Founded in 1963, we operate as an independent charity with a vision to make a real difference to people’s lives by improving the quality of mathematics education and learning.

We find our work hugely rewarding and stimulating, and our innovative and collaborative work with a range of partners, including government, enables us to deliver flagship mathematics education development programmes for teachers, as well as informing national policy. We run some government contracts, in partnership with others, where we believe they are consistent with our charitable objects. We also promote innovation through ground-breaking development work and awareness raising.

We work at the forefront of innovation in education. To maintain and build on this innovation and leadership we hope to work with a wider range of donors who share our aspirations for improved maths education for everyone. The fundraising trustee is a new role to help us steer this new ambition.

If you have the experience to support us, and you are passionate about the development of the next generation, we would love to have you on board!

We are looking for a Trustee with experience of fundraising with corporate funders and high net worth individuals. In addition to the standard trustee responsibilities of setting strategy and policy for the organisation while ensuring that it is operating efficiently and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations, the Fundraising Trustee supports the development and overall governance of MEI’s fundraising and related communications strategy, working closely with the CEO, Deputy CEO and the contracts and finance committees.

This is a new post and an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to a national charity at a critical stage in developing its ambitions for the future.


What are we looking for?

It is expected that the new Trustee will:

  • have senior strategic level experience or as a charity Trustee;
  • understand the role of the Trustee and be able to add value to the charity through expertise, counsel and sound judgement;
  • understand the competing pressures (financial, operational, personnel) involved in running a complex organisation;
  • have experience of dealing with the challenges associated with delivering organisational and governance changes;
  • have a broad range of business and financial skills and experience;
  • be able to contribute strategically on a wide range of issues;
  • take collective responsibility for the direction of the organisation, be good at working in teams, and able to be effective in a complex organisational environment where significant cross-boundary collaboration and partnership are essential.
  • In addition to these generic duties and responsibilities, the specific responsibilities of the fundraising trustee will entail the following:
    • To have a substantial background in either a corporate giving/CSR or fund/foundation management role, or as a senior charity fundraiser with a sound understanding and experience of charity fundraising at strategic and operational levels.
    • Bring overall leadership and drive as the Fundraising Trustee, supporting the development and overall governance of MEI’s fundraising and related communications strategy, working closely with the CEO and Trustee for Finance.
    • To ensure that there is the right breadth and depth of fundraising and related communications skills within MEI and the Board of Trustees, with access to the right networks, in order that the charity is in the best possible position to develop and deliver high quality strategies in fundraising and related communications.
    • To be an active member of the Finance, Audit and Risk (FAR) Committee, ensuring that fundraising and related communications strategies are aligned to the wider budget strategy.


What difference will you make?

This position will help us to further our reach in improving the future of the next generation.


What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an amazing opportunity to work with a team of passionate and welcoming people.



0-5 hours / month. An initial 3-year term, this may be extended for two further three-year terms.


How to apply:

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance as a guest applicant or by registering on our site. Please send a CV along with a cover letter outlining your interest and what you might contribute to a Board.


Deadline: 9th November 2020