The Bell Foundation: Trustees Wanted

The Bell Foundation: Trustees Wanted

The Bell Foundation works to create opportunities, change lives, and overcome disadvantage through language education. Through generating and applying evidence, we aim to change practice, policy and systems for children, adults and communities in the UK disadvantaged through language. Our work benefits learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL), victims, offenders, and ex-offenders for whom English is not their first language, and young people who use English as a second or additional language.

Established in 2012, we have continued to develop strongly in reach, impact and ambition and are now a national and influential player. We work with a variety of different partners, including local authorities and schools, leading universities and third sector organisations. We operate both at a grassroots level, through direct delivery of programmes in schools and prisons, and at a national level, through the commissioning of research and engaging in the development of policy and practice. The Foundation is also the sole shareholder of Bell Educational Services Ltd (Bell), our wholly owned trading subsidiary. Bell has its own subsidiary Board, and its business is teaching English as a Foreign Language.

We are now seeking to recruit three Trustees with significant charitable experience and a strong understanding of charity governance to join the Board. One Trustee will have a background in education, public policy, research and influencing, the second will have financial and asset management experience and a third will bring lived experience of the communities that the Foundation serves. In addition to a proven track record of significant professional achievement in your own field, you will have experience of operating on, or working closely with a Board or a Committee in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation. Driven and determined, you will have superb communication and engagement skills, which will allow you to forge productive and collaborative relationships with other Trustees. Above all, you will demonstrate a genuine commitment to overcoming disadvantage through language education.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Michelle Sander on 07341 773 817 or Joanna Thornton on 07384 258626. The closing date is Monday 29 March 2021 at 10am.

The Bell Foundation is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Board to better represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from all regardless of age, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status or socio-economic background.

To apply, visit The Bell Foundation website