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Governor (Trustee equivalent)
Cripplegate Foundation

Job Description

Is this role for you?

  • Are you interested in making a positive difference in Islington? 
  • Can you help amplify the voice of those we work with through your personal or professional experience?
  • Could you bring diversity to our board so that we better reflect the community in which we work? 
  • Do you have charity or investment experience?

If any of the above apply to you, then becoming a governor (i.e. a trustee) of the Cripplegate Foundation may be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you. 

About us

Cripplegate has grown from a local grant-making trust established over 500 years ago in Islington. We now have an endowment of some £40 million; together with Islington Giving, we give out grants of around £1.55 million a year in the local area. Our vision is of a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a rewarding and fulfilled life, free from poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about change to improve the lives of Islington’s most disadvantaged residents. We take an evidence-based, innovative and proactive approach and work in partnership with others to improve local support and resources, funding voluntary organisations and advocating positive change in policy and practice.

Being a Governor

As a Governor, you can expect to get involved in discussions around grants, strategy, planning and decision making; helping and supporting the organisation to grow and develop. Our governors come from a range of backgrounds and experiences and we are genuinely encouraging a wide range of people to come forward. We cannot emphasise enough that your background, life experience, approach and values are more important than any knowledge or experience of grant making, or of being a trustee elsewhere

About you

We will be looking for people who bring some of the following values and approaches: vision and creativity, exceptional listening skills, integrity and commitment, team players, emotional intelligence and a willingness to learn about being a trustee/governor. We would like one of the new governors to bring experience of charity finance and/or investments, but apart from this, we are not being specific about the skills and experience you might bring, as the right people can be supported and inducted in becoming a Governor. We hope to attract people who bring experience and knowledge of the local area, as well as people who come from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and ethnic groups, people who have experienced poverty and disadvantage first hand, and people who have a disability, or who have close experience of others with disabilities.

How to Express your Interest

If you’d like to find out more, please read the letter from the Chair of Governors and the new Governors information pack (see linked documents). 

If you would like an initial, informal conversation about these roles please contact Allyson Davies, who is working with Cripplegate Foundation to bring new governors on board. Contact details are in the pack.

The initial deadline is 29 June, but we are open to receiving expressions of interest until the end of September. There’s more information in the pack.