Trustee of The Challenge Network Board – Education sector experience required

Are you excited about joining the Board of Trustees of a fast-growing, high impact, business-like charity?

Are you passionate about making a lasting difference to communities across the UK?


We are looking for a talented individual with significant experience of and influence within the English education sector to join The Challenge Network’s board of trustees.


The successful applicant will join a highly experienced board and will have significant influence on the future of the charity’s strategy and governance. Subject to relevant experience, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply.


About The Challenge Network

The Challenge Network (TCN) was founded in 2009 and is one of the UK’s fastest growing youth and community charities. TCN brings together local people across social, ethnic and intergenerational divides to strengthen their communities. We expect our programmes to work with c18000 young people in 2013 with a projected annual income of over £25m and c250 full time employees.

TCN is headquartered in Central London, with operations across Greater London, Surrey, the West Midlands and Northwest England.  We deliver two programmes: The Challenge (a summer programme and part of the government’s National Citizen Service scheme) and The Challenge Society (a year-round graduate programme). We bridge social divides, foster positive local action and support young people in their transition to adulthood.

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The Challenge Network’s Board of trustees includes two Challenge Graduates alongside senior representatives from leading organisations in the UK. The Board discusses key topics including how the develops and grows in size and impact, any major risks, finances and how The Challenge Network works with other organisations.



Attend Board Meetings:

  • Trustees are expected to attend six 2 hour meetings per year, which will be held at or near The Challenge Network office in Central London.
  • During these meetings trustees participate in discussions about a wide variety of aspects surrounding the direction, governance and performance of the charity with the rest of the Board. The agenda and pre-read material for each meeting is sent a week beforehand each trustee is expected to read the documents and come prepared for the meetings.
  • In addition to the main Board there are several sub-committees (i.e., risk & audit, remuneration, nominations) that, in time, the successful applicant may be asked to join.

Support in developing the charity:

  • Trustees have contact with key staff within the organisation outside of Board meetings to make suggestions for improving the organisation and its programmes.
  • They are also strongly encouraged to take part in The Challenge and The Challenge Society programmes and to actively seek to understand the views of key stakeholders.

Represent The Challenge Network:

  • Trustees will have the opportunity to represent The Challenge Network at external events with other organisations, funders and the media.

About you

  • Has an interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society.
  • Has significant experience of the English education system (i.e., ability to influence state and independent sector support for TCN’s National Citizen Service programmes and guide understanding of the sector needs that TCN could meet with new programmes/services).
  • Likely to have experience as a Head Teacher or senior educational advisor within academy chains or local Government.
  • Is highly organised, reliable and responsive.
  • Is able to attend meetings in London (expenses will be paid for).


To apply

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role to [email protected] by November 30th.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in December.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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