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The Phoenix Education Trust  is a small charity that promotes democracy in education across the UK. Our work focuses on supporting the development of an education system in which all children are trusted, supported and given the respect that each and every one of them deserves.

The Phoenix Education Trust pursues its aims by, amongst other things, bringing together teachers, students and individuals who are committed to democratic education, running student voice initiatives in mainstream state schools, supporting a small number of independent democratic schools and carrying out research to provide an evidence base for the benefits of democracy in schools.

We are currently recruiting for a trustee, in particular we are looking for someone with experience in grant fund-raising, ideally in the area of education and youth, but also for the third sector more generally.

Role Description

Trustees’ responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Working with other trustees to develop short and long-term strategies to help the charity pursue its charitable aims
• Supporting the chair to line manage the Directors in carrying out these charitable aims
• Overseeing legal aspects of the charity in relation to company or employment law
Specific fund-raising focus:
• Being a point of reference to the directors in identifying and applying to relevant grant opportunities for the trust
New trustees will be expected to spend time familiarising themselves with the charity when they join. Trustees’ meetings take place four times a year. In addition, there is semi-regular email correspondence that takes place between meetings. Depending on their availability and skills, some trustees are also members of sub-committees, for example on strategy or finance, which meet as and when necessary to support the CEO in specific areas.
Person specification

It is essential that all applicants have:

• An interest in democratic education and student voice, and a willingness to learn more about the area.
• Respect for young people and a willingness to work with them as equals.
Desirable for specific fund-raising focus:
• Direct experience of successfully securing funding in the third sector
• Experience of being trustee or director of a grant funded body



In order to apply, please prepare a short covering letter explaining:

• Why you want to be a trustee
• What you feel you could bring to the post, with reference to the person specification.

Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 16th May.

We expect to interview applicants beginning of June. You are also very welcome to contact the current chair if you have any questions before applying:
Donald Barr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.