The Thomas Wall Trust was established in 1920 by Thomas Wall, a philanthropist with a commitment to help those who were in need following the First World War. His name is still attached to Walls meat products and ice cream.
Wall wanted to help people in need arising from lack of educational opportunities. The Trust continues to reflect these values but in a 21st century context, reviewing our focus for grant-making to respond to the changing needs of society.
The current emphasis is on supporting motivated adults living in the UK to undertake education and training to increase their chances of employment and helping those who need to develop their communication skills to enable them to be successful in paid, voluntary or self-employment. Our remit covers the whole of the UK.
We allocate c.£100,000 per year to individuals and charities to meet these goals.
Details of the Trust can be found on the website https://www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk.
We seek an additional trustee to contribute to the Board’s decision making on grant strategy and allocation to individuals and charities in addition to the proper functioning of the Trust in accordance with good practice and the requirements of the Charity Commission.
We are looking for people who share a commitment to social mobility and who have an understanding of the challenges and barriers that can lead to lack of educational opportunity. We welcome applications from people with experience of working or interacting in an educational, vocational or social support organisation. Grant making experience or business development experience would also be welcome but are not essential. We are keen to ensure that the Board reflects the diversity of the UK society and particularly welcome applications from people with a disability or who are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background who are under-represented on the Board.
There are four meetings per year – three for grant allocation and one annual strategy review. Meetings usually last about two hours with a similar amount of preparation time. On occasion trustees also join ad hoc working groups. We currently meet in London, with the option of hybrid (virtual/in-person) attendance for trustees who cannot attend in person.
The Trust is administrated by a contract through the Skinners’ Company but is entirely legally separate from the Skinners’ Company.
Unremunerated, but reasonable expenses are paid.
How to apply
To find out more about this opportunity contact Sarah Banks, the Grants Officer ([email protected]) for an informal discussion. You will be asked to submit your CV and a covering letter prior to an interview if shortlisted.