Trust for London

Location London

Position Part time

Salary Voluntary

Application deadline 2 November 2020
The application deadline for this role has passed



The Trust for London, formerly City Parochial Foundation, is an endowed grant-making body established in 1891 to benefit Londoners. The Trust has responsibility for two funds: 

The Central Fund which has objects of Any charitable purposes, other than the advancement of religion, which are directed to the benefit of poor inhabitants in the area of benefit.  

  • The Trust has interpreted that as funding and doing work to tackle poverty and inequality in London. 

The City Church Fund which has the objects of The advancement of religion by (a) the repair, restoration or preservation of the fabric and contents of the churches and the maintenance of services therein; (b) the augmentation of clerical stipends; (c) giving theological instruction to persons preparing for holy orders; (d) extending the benefit of clerical or spiritual ministrations in accordance with the doctrines or by the ministers of the Church of England as by the law established in the area of benefit. 

  • The share of the funds distributed on behalf of the the City Church Fund are on the instructions of the Church Commissioners. 
  • The Trust has no say on how the City Church Fund monies are used
  • The endowment as at end December 2019 stood at £342m and combined annual distribution to the two Funds at around £15M.
  • The Trust’s Board currently comprises 17 Trustees. 


The overall responsibilities of the Trustees are: 

  • To maintain the real value of the endowment; and to distribute money whilst being fair to both, current and future beneficiaries; and 
  • To fulfil the objects of the Trust through creative and strategic thinking, expert knowledge and advice, and through the Chief Executive, appropriate and sensitive management of the Trust's staff.


  1. To contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving strategic direction to the organisation, determining overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against these targets.
  2. To take an active interest and part in the grant making of the Trust to charitable organisations.
  3. To protect and manage the assets of the charity and to ensure their proper investment.
  4. To ensure the financial stability of the Trust.
  5. To appoint a Chief Executive to the Trust and monitor his/her performance.
  6. To safeguard the good name and ethos of the Trust.
  7. To ensure that the Trust complies with its governing instrument, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  8. To ensure that the Trust pursues its objectives as defined in its governing instrument.
  9. To ensure the Trust applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities may be).

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience s/he has to help the Board reach sound decisions.  This may involve scrutinising Board/Standing Committee papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and/or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.


Trustees are appointed for a term of five years. A second term of five years is subject to the Chair’s recommendation and the Board’s approval. Maximum term is ten years or the end of term if the Chair or Vice Chair, whichever is the longer.

Time commitment:

Four Board meetings per year, usually on Friday mornings, lasting around three hours. Membership of two standing committees, one of which should be a grants committee, is also expected. Each committee meets two or three times a year with meetings lasting between two and three hours.  


The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although out of pocket and travel expenses may be claimed.


Meetings will be virtual whilst Covid-19 restrictions are in place. Usually, Board and committee meetings are held at the Trust’s offices in Central London. 

To apply

Applications should be made enclosing a CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the post and the particular skills you hope to bring to the Trust.

Applications should be marked Private and Confidential and sent via email to: Ayca Ilcen,

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