• Location England
  • Sector Not For Profit
  • Client BookTrust
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration Unremunerated; reasonable expenses will be covered.
  • Reference GSe107501
  • Closing Date Friday 10th May 2024

BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity with a history that stretches back over 100 years. This year we will support one and a half million children with reading, and our focus is on supporting children and families from low-income and vulnerable backgrounds, particularly in the early years through our Bookstart programmes. We also provide books and resources for the families of every newborn baby and work with 90% of libraries. We also support school children until the age of 13, working with every state primary school and a quarter of all secondary schools.

Our research and evaluation capabilities are focused on understanding the life-changing benefits of reading and families' attitudes and behaviours. This work informs our design and innovation approach which shows how to create sustained reading behaviours in families.

Operating in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we have a network of over 6,000 community based partners which enables us to support at scale low income families in pockets of deprivation as well as those in the most disadvantaged urban and rural areas. We also have long-term partnership agreements in place with every local authority in England and Wales.

We have expertise in commissioning books and resources and supply chain management, distributing millions of books and resources efficiently every year.

We now have a fantastic opportunity for three individuals to join our passionate and skilled Board. Our Board is committed to bringing the value of reading (and the joy) to disadvantaged children across the UK. Becoming a BookTrust Trustee offers scope to positively influence the life outcomes for millions of children, through the benefits of reading. 

For this intake of Trustees, we are seeking individuals offering expertise in Systems Thinking (working through complex at scale partnership models), Income Generation, Influencing (especially across national, regional and local government) and also in Communications and Digital. We value a diversity of thought and of experience in our Board and encourage applications from candidates with lived experience of disadvantage and from under-represented communities. We would also particularly welcome applicants from the North of England.

Trustees will be appointed for an initial term of 3 years, which can be renewed for two terms. (although our usual approach is for trustees to serve a maximum of 6 years).

For more information, please click on Apply below. To arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Oliver Startup at or Emily Nevins at our GatenbySanderson.

Closing Date: Friday 10 May 5pm

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