27 days ago
Mulberry Schools Foundation is seeking someone with professional financial expertise to join the Board of Trustees of this new charity.
Mulberry Schools Foundation is a charity set up by Mulberry Schools Trust, a multi academy trust in Tower Hamlets (www.mulberryschoolstrust.org), to support, develop and champion young people and their families in its schools, partner schools and the Trust’s local and global community. It is our belief that there should be no barriers to each child’s future and that society should, and can, be a level playing field.
Outstanding leadership has ensured Mulberry Schools Trust students can access an extensive range of opportunities, commonly available to those from more privileged backgrounds, which build creativity, confidence, leadership and self-determination. However, the needs of our communities are becoming more complex and it is becoming harder for schools’ budgets to extend these opportunities to all.
Mulberry School’s Trust also wants to work even more innovatively to secure equality of opportunity and to open doors that are so often resistant to our communities. The Trust wants to extend its partnership, networks, activities and events in order to broaden its reach across the UK and internationally.
The world needs the leadership of our young people.
The Foundation has been established to build on Mulberry Schools Trust’s track record of developing young people’s capacity to make a difference to their world. In its early days, the Foundation will be primarily grant giving, adhering to the following principles:
Removing barriers - to remove barriers to children and young people’s learning, achievement and social engagement;
Creating opportunity - to extend to children and young people facing disadvantage the range of educational opportunities, commonly available to those from more privileged backgrounds, that build creativity, confidence, discernment, leadership, self-determination, global awareness and a belief that all opportunities and challenges are open;
Giving voice – to give voice to children, young people and other communities less often heard and to provide platforms for leadership through those voices;
Innovating for change - to work innovatively to enhance equality and social justice and to open doors for, young people and communities experiencing disadvantage, so building their capacity to make a difference to their world;
Sustaining impact – to celebrate, share and seek replicable outcomes, extending best practice and making a national and international contribution to educational improvement, policy and knowledge.
One new Trustee will join the existing Board, which met for the first time in June 2019. Board comprises: the CEO of Mulberry Schools Trust, a retired solicitor and partner with education and charity law expertise; an alumna of Mulberry School for Girls; and an educational senior leader.
The new Trustee will bring financial insight and expertise to the Board’s considerations. Making a particular contribution to ensuring that the Foundation’s funds are managed, held and used wisely and to identify and attract funding partners.
The Board meets four times in each academic year, Sept – July, at Mulberry School for Girls, E1 2JP. Meetings usually start at 3pm.
Trustees are appointed for 4 years initially; the role is not paid.
The Foundation is interested in hearing from a wide group of candidates. The successful candidate will:
- be passionate about creating opportunities for those who have less access to them;
- have professional expertise in financial matters;
- have experience at a senior level;
- be commercially astute and comfortable with fund-raising;
- be willing to leverage his/her own networks in support of the Foundation;
- have the skills to be a strong ambassador for the Foundation with all its stakeholders;
- have the energy, time and commitment to fulfil the role fully.
Mulberry Schools Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment as a Trustee will be dependent on a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate, and Barred List Check.
The Foundation has been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (company number11995466) and has submitted an application to the Charity Commission for registration.
Closing date for applications: Friday 30 August 2019
Interviews with the Foundation: week commencing 9th September 2019 at Mulberry School for Girls, Richard Street, Commercial Road, London E1 2JP
First Trustee meeting: Monday 16 September, 3-4.30pm
How to apply
To apply, please provide the following:
- your CV, including details of two referees;
- a supporting statement, explaining your interest in the aims and activities of Mulberry Schools Foundation and how you believe your skills and experience match our requirements.
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact:
Shanaz Jameson/Jo Armitage on email@example.com
Shanaz Jameson on 0207-791-7205 (July 22-Aug 16 only)