Grantmaker seeks poverty-experienced applicants for trustee shadowing scheme

15 Feb 2024 News

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The John Ellerman Foundation has launched its first-ever trustee shadowing scheme, which will recruit three people to participate in its governance processes for six months. 

The foundation, which awarded £6.3m in charitable grants last year, is looking to recruit three people from diverse backgrounds with lived experience of poverty to participate in its board meetings. 

It is an unpaid role with approximate working hours of one day per month but successful applicants will receive a training budget of up to £500 and reimbursement of all expenses incurred including travel.

“If you work or have caring responsibilities that mean you cannot easily attend meetings in the day time, we would be open to exploring reimbursement for your time to make it easier for you to take part”, the foundation adds in its listing

Applicants do not need any prior trustee experience and those successful will attend all board and sub-committee meetings during a six-month period as observers and be involved in the assessment of first and second-stage applications. 

Successful applicants will receive regular support from its non-executive director Annika Small and trustee and director Sufina Ahmad. 

Ahmad, chair of the John Ellerman Foundation, said in a statement that the foundation was inspired by the Smallwood Trust, which launched its board shadowing scheme in 2021.

The deadline for applications is 13 March, with applicants asked to submit a written statement of up to one side of A4 outlining why they are interested in the role. 

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