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Trustee with expertise in children and family law

The Caldecott Foundation
TN25 6SP, Ashford
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
23 Jul 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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The Caldecott Foundation provides specialist residential care, fostering families and education for disadvantaged, vulnerable and traumatised young people in the UK.

An exciting opportunity to join Trustees and staff helping some of the most vulnerable children in our society to build a future and reach their potential by supporting the board with your knowledge and expertise in family and children law.

Role summary

  • Undertaking a lead role for the Board of Trustees on all matters associated with the legal aspects of the organisation
  • Using knowledge obtained through your career and legal work to help inform the organisation’s strategic plans
  • Working with Senior Management and other trustees to foster a better understanding within the Board of the legal aspects of the organisation
  • Acting as a critical friend to the organisation’s executive team when obtaining and acting on legal advice
  • Working alongside the Managing Director and staff helping them achieve the aims of the organisation and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and senior management team 
  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its objects and responsibilities as defined in its governing document, Charity Law, Company Law and other relevant legislation/regulations 

Person description

  • Experience as a solicitor and/or directly working in the field of family and children law
  • Someone with a passion for helping the most vulnerable children build a future and reach their potential
  • Someone with significant experience of operating at a senior level of business, preferably within an organisation which links to children and young people or someone who has worked with children and/or vulnerable adults in the past
  • Willingness to speak your mind but also listen to the views of different people before reaching a decision

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an exciting time to get involved with the work of the Caldecott Foundation, providing oversight of the organisation’s legal aspects and adding to the existing skills of fellow Trustees. This is an opportunity to get involved with the Caldecott Foundation at a strategic level, having a direct impact on the decision-making processes which will affect the organisation’s future as well as the quality, impact and thoroughness of its service delivery.

Time commitment

  • Board meetings are held five times a year and usually last 3hrs.
  • The board currently meet remotely and remote attendance can be supported going forward.
  • Most Trustees also sit on a committee which meet 2-3 times a year for about 2hrs.

How to apply

Reach TrusteeWorks are supporting The Caldecott Foundation with their trustee recruitment and applications should be made via Reach in the first instance.

Please provide a CV or similar (LinkedIn profile, portfolio etc) and a supporting statement answering the following questions:

What motivated you to apply to become a trustee?

What other experience or skills do you feel you could offer?

Are there any areas of the organisation’s work you have a particular interest in and/or would like to become more involved in?

If you would like to have an informal chat with the charity about the role please get in touch with Reach to request this.

Please let us know if you need any support with your application or to apply in a different way and we will be pleased to work with you to ensure this is possible.

Please email your application to:


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