London, UK
24 Jul 2019
06 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Can you help us promote high quality education and care for young children?
We are recruiting to our Council of Trustees

The Froebel Trust is a leading UK education charity supporting research and educational initiatives in early childhood education and care. We are seeking:
  • two trustees who are early years teachers or practitioners and who can demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of Friedrich Froebel; and
  • one trustee who has a background in communications and marketing at a senior level and who can support the executive team in raising public awareness of the Trust and in ensuring that the findings of its research and other work influence public debate and are accessible to diverse audiences, including parents of young children.

Whether you are an experienced trustee or hoping to take your first step at board level, we would like to hear from you. The Trust is particularly keen to enhance the diversity of its Council and would warmly welcome applications from people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The role of trustees is to set a future strategy for the Trust which fulfils its purposes, to support and challenge the executive team in delivering that strategy and to ensure the good governance of the charity.

Drawing on its endowment of roughly £20 million, the Trust has created an ambitious programme of international research and professional development, which promotes the values, principles and practices of Friedrich Froebel, who invented the kindergarten. These activities enable the Trust to be an increasingly influential voice in the world of early childhood education both in the UK and overseas.

There are currently ten trustees drawn equally from educational and non-educational backgrounds. The Trust is chaired by Mark Neale. The Chief Executive is Sacha Powell who was formerly a professor of early childhood care and education at Canterbury Christ Church University. The Council meets for 2 hours, six times a year in SW London. Some Trustees also represent the Council on the Trust's committees, which meet 2 or 3 times a year. Trustees receive no remuneration, but travel expenses are reimbursed.

The Chair, Mark Neale, can be contacted at and would be delighted to talk to prospective candidates. Further information about the Trust and its work can be found on the Trust website

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th August 2019.

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