Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: London
Salary: Voluntary role - reasonable expenses paid.
Reference: Idlewild
Contact Name: Eleanor McGrath
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 11, 2021 08:52

Job Description

The Idlewild Trust

1 x Deputy Chair and 2 x Trustee vacancies

The Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that supports conservation and the arts across the UK.

If you care about the visual and performing arts from museums and heritage to dance, theatre and music, these roles could be a great opportunity for you to make a difference to the arts and cultural sectors across the UK.

The Trust was founded in 1974 using proceeds of the sale of property owned by Peter Minet in Camberwell and Lambeth in the 1960s. Since then we have been managing an endowment to enable us to distribute grants each year.

We give grants of up to £5,000 to charities working in the following areas:

1) Delivering programmes that address the lack of opportunities for professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers, artists and those involved creatively in the arts at an early stage in their career; or

2) The conservation of important works of art and historic objects being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

You can find out more about the Trust, our history and our work on our website:

Available roles

We are looking for three new Trustees:

a) 1 x trustee with Deputy Chair responsibilities

We want to appoint a new Trustee to the role of Deputy Chair, with an intention that following a period of shadowing, that this individual would succeed as our new Chair when the role becomes available in 2022. Additional responsibilities for the Deputy Chair include

b) 1 x trustee with experience in finance

We are recruiting a new Trustee with experience in finance who will also sit on our Investment Management meetings (additional to regular Board of Trustee meetings) to review performance of the Trust’s endowment portfolio which is managed by an external investment management advisor. 

c) 1 x trustee with lived experience in the areas that we fund

We are recruiting a new Trustee with lived experience in the areas that we fund to reflect and represent the interests of the organisations and beneficiaries that we work with.

Further information and full candidate profiles:

For more information and details of how to apply please see our Trustee Recruitment Pack which can be downloaded on our website: the_idlewild_trust_trustee_recruitment_pack_may_june_2021.pdf (

Deadline for applications:

5.30pm on Friday 11 June 2021.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the roles, or would like to arrange a time for an informal chat about the opportunities, please contact Eleanor McGrath, Director by email:

You can also connect with Eleanor via LinkedIn, mentioning the Trustee roles when making contact: