Trustee - Leading our Charity's Growth and Being a Trusted Adviser

Trustee - Leading our Charity's Growth and Being a Trusted Adviser

At a glance


  • Social media marketing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Legal
  • Data protection / GDPR
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding


London, N5 2NN
Mainly at home
Travel limit? No specific distance


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Attending and occasionally leading hour long trustee meetings once a fortnight and attending virtual or in person Board Meetings once a quarter.


07 Aug 2022

We are looking for a hands-on Trustee with a background in the legal industry and strong personal skills. Candidates with experience implementing a fundraising, operations of an organisation preferred.

What will you be doing?

Your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Strategy: shaping the strategic direction of the charity, including its operational offering and funding strategy.
  • Legal / compliance: Advising on legal and compliance points as and when they arise, including in relation to commercial contracts, risk, data protection, charities law and safeguarding.
  • Advisory: acting as a sounding board and trusted adviser to the other Trustees and wider body of volunteers in situations which require a nuanced and tactful approach.
  • Trustee meetings: attending (and occasionally leading) 1 hour-long virtual meetings with the Trustees once each fortnight.
  • Board meetings: attending 1.5 hour-long in-person or virtual meetings with the wider Board once each quarter.

We also encourage our Trustees to play a hands-on role in one or more of our core strategic areas:

  • Operations: this could involve supporting the delivery of our Oxbridge Mentoring scheme, or spearheading our Social Impact Internship programme, or helping set up our Ambassador Community. Our Trustees also often help out by hosting webinars, careers talks, mock interviews, and by mentoring students on our programmes.
  • Fundraising: you would work with two of our Trustees, and a team of volunteers, to implement a dynamic funding strategy, including writing grant applications and building relationships with corporates and high net worth individuals.
  • Partnerships: this would involve developing existing relationships and building up new opportunities to offer our students through commercial and charity partners.
  •  Marketing: this would involve raising awareness through communications to key stakeholders and using our various digital platforms

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates with the following key skills, experiences and interests:

  • Legal and/or compliance skills: we’re keen to recruit a Trustee who is a qualified solicitor or barrister, or has experience working in legal, risk or compliance functions. In particular, an ability and desire to problem-solve across a range of areas of law or compliance (such as commercial contracts, risk, charities law, data protection, and governance) are wanted.
  • Good judgment: we are looking for someone who can think practically, assess a decision critically, and be relied upon as a sound port of call.
  • Excellent communication: our ideal Trustee is an empathetic person who has experience of dealing with sensitive situations in a nuanced manner.
  • A passion for social mobility: most of all, we are looking for someone who shares our vision of a thriving, equal society where every bright young mind has the skills, confidence and opportunity to aspire to and achieve their higher education goals, opening the doors to a future that reflects their talent, not their background.
  • Our current Trustees are from a variety of backgrounds – all from an underrepresented group – which results a diversity of thought and perspective that we are keen to continue.


Finally, experience in any of the following is desired but not essential:

  • Experience working in the education sector – for example, as a teacher, school
  • governor, volunteer, mentor, professor, or tutor.
  • Experience on the operational side of a medium-sized organisation, in particular a charity or educational institution.
  • Experience raising funding for a charity or other organisation, be it through grants,
  • corporate partnerships, telephone campaigns, public donation drives, trading activities or other sources

What difference will you make?

Insight Outreach are at an exciting place as we begin the fifth year of our Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme (OMS), having successfully secured 76 open and competitive offers to Oxbridge since 2018 for state school students.  Each student receives approximately £1000 worth of pro bono mentoring delivered completely voluntarily by our mentors. This means we have delivered over £250,000 worth of valuable mentoring to our community of students since our inception. Your contribution will help us deliver even more. This year, 71% of our students receive free school meals and 68% will be in the first generation of their family to go to university. With your help, we want to develop forums to support our OMS alumni during University, building a flourishing community of ambassadors who we continue to provide advice and support too to secure top jobs upon graduation.  In 2020, we offered unpaid internships to eight of our past OMS students, who helped to develop all aspects of our charity. We we want to offer eight paid full time internships each year in the future, providing invaluable work experience and professional mentoring to our alumni.

Further we want to drive a ripple effect within our communities of interest. Once at University, we encourage our alumni to mentor on our programme, providing them with valuable personal development opportunities as well as connecting our alumni back into our communities. We also want to form lasting links with schools so that we can continue to to support students who need our support. We hope that we can train schools in our methods allowing them to support their own students without our intervention. This will maximise the impact of our limited resources and enable us to sustainable build a community dedicated to creating a more equitable society.  

Before you apply

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  • Education
  • Young people
  • Our beneficiaries are state-educated students from the most socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, including students from BME groups and UK regions that are the most poorly represented at...