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Independent Trustees - The Higgs Charity

Local grant-making charity seeks new Independent Trustees

 

The Organisation

The Higgs Charity is a registered grant-making Charity established in 1979 on the death of Alan Higgs to benefit the inhabitants within a 25-mile radius of Coventry. Alan Edward Higgs was a local business and family man. Through experiencing deprivation in his own childhood, he was particularly motivated to support and encourage underprivileged young people, and left instructions on his death that a charitable foundation should administer his considerable fortune to benefit the people of Coventry and its surrounding area.

The Opportunity

The Charity’s current board comprises three trustees who are members of the Higgs family and an independent trustee. Experience and skills include a family magistrate (current Chair); social policy and charity management; commercial law and M&A insurance;  and commercial property management and procurement.

The Board wishes to expand its expertise and recruit two independent trustees.  The new trustees will have a combination of knowledge of the West Midlands, an understanding of the needs of charities in the area and, ideally, service delivery experience. “Hands on” experience of local social engagement would be a valuable asset. Experience of involvement on a grant review panel for a community foundation would also be of interest, or involvement at senior operational or board level within another grant-giving or institutional funder organisation.

More information about the organisation

For the last 39 years charitable giving through the Charity has ranged from a large number of small local projects, such as provision of minibuses, family holidays and support for disadvantaged children, community groups and youth clubs, to large strategic or infrastructure projects. The trustees believe that cultural and artistic projects are also important in fostering shared community values amongst the varied ethnic groups of the area. Some donations are specific single grants, and some are to support ongoing activity by smaller charitable organisations and community groups. What binds all these projects together, is that investment in them creates tangible, beneficial and enduring impacts on the lives of local people.

Donations to individuals are not invited or considered.

Most of the Charity’s funds are invested on the stock market, however, the Trustees have, from time to time invested their funds in Coventry. For example, the investment in the RICOH Arena created over 3,000 new jobs in the City, and an independent bar and restaurant have been acquired with an active programme to enhance employee skills. Trustees hope to continue to be able to contribute to the regeneration of the City Centre, as well as providing a return on their investment to be added to the funds available for distribution in the area.

 

For details of how to apply, and for the recruitment timetable please visit the Trustees Unlimited website