Job Title: Governor
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Lighthouse Governor
Contact Name: Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 10, 2018 11:00

Job Description

Lighthouse is on a mission to revolutionise children’s homes.

Children in residential care are being failed by a system which leaves them destined for homelessness, unemployment, mental health difficulties and prison.  Over 5,000 children grow up in children’s homes in England, but only 4% of them will gain 5A* to C grades at GCSE, 75% have mental health problems and they are 17 times more likely to be criminalised than other children.

Why is this case? Well, it’s because England lags far behind other developed countries in quality, expertise and innovation in children’s homes. We have low skilled low paid staff working in the sector, the buildings are intimidating, feel institutional and education is not the priority it should be.

At Lighthouse we have designed and developed a children's home unlike any other. Our home draws on methods used in Germany, Norway and Denmark which have been shown to provide much better outcomes for children.

Our homes are based on three key principles:

People: our homes will recruit exceptional people and provide them with world-class training, enabling them to support some of our most vulnerable children.

Place: we are working closely with architects to design a place that looks and feels like a home.

Purpose: we will ensure that children receive a great education and have the opportunities that they deserve.

Our vision is to reform the residential care sector by bringing in people with the right competencies and skills and empowering them to transform the lives of children in residential care.

Lighthouse has been described as one of the most exciting innovations in children’s social care in recent years. This is an exciting time to join us as we are planning to open our first home in Summer 2020.

Lighthouse is currently incubated at Cacth22, a not for profit business with a social mission - building resilience and aspiration in people and communities for over 200 years.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a new, dynamic organisation driving change in children’ residential care. Lighthouse is an early stage venture, so you will have a great deal of input on how the organisation grows and develops from day one. Although meetings will take place once a month, we are seeking trustees who want to get stuck in and be fully involved in our strategy and direction.

As one of our governors, you will be responsible for the running of the charity, ensuring good governance, and prudent financial management. You will be joining an existing group of trustees from a variety of professional backgrounds and experience.

We are looking for people with an interest in improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people, but prior knowledge of the residential care sector is not required. We’re particularly interested in people with a background in property, financial services, fundraising, the care sector or those with experience of working with local authorities.  

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang at or call 07772397930

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