Board Members

Smallwood Trust

Position Part time

Salary Voluntary, but reasonable expenses are paid

Application deadline 23:59, 8 March 2020

The Smallwood Trust, helps women on low incomes to become financially resilient – overcoming adversity to build a confident, positive and secure future. With c.£35 million investments, their grant-making provides life-changing funds for individual women, women’s voluntary sector organisations and practical policy initiatives that aim to promote systemic change. As it moves towards its 135th anniversary in 2021, Smallwood Trust is looking for additional board members who share its passion and who can help accelerate its strategy to achieve a gender equal economy and society. 

The Trust actively encourages people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, working class backgrounds, disabled people, people with lived experience of poverty and people with different views and perspectives. If you would like to be a board member but face barriers in applying such as accessibility issues, health issues, caring responsibilities or other concerns, do get in touch about how the Trust can help.

Whilst the Trust is looking for a broad range of skills and experience, it particularly welcomes applications from candidates with a track-record in the following areas:

  • Insights into how to achieve policy change through advocacy and lobbying
  • Strategic communications with experience of how to build consensus for social change through effective messaging
  • Building contacts and connections within wider grant-making and philanthropic networks
  • Investment and asset management

The annual commitment will be around 12-15 days per year – further details are in the information pack.

To apply

Please submit a copy of your CV, including any Directorships or Trusteeships you hold, with a short supporting statement, to

  • Please ensure that your application fully addresses the requirements of the role.
  • You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, relevant to this role. References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted.
  • Please let us know if you will require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for interview.
  • Finally, please ensure that you have included mobile, work and home telephone numbers, as well as any dates when you will not be available or if you might have difficulty with the indicative timetable.

For an informal discussion about the roles please contact Paul Cardbury, CEO, at or 01684 574645 or D'Arcy Myers, Chair, at or 07720 710959. 

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