Charity Trustee

Leading Lights Education and Wellbeing
Contract Type: 
Part Time
5 hours per month.
South West
Contract Details: 
General commitment of 3 years
Details of Role: 


Why you should apply to us

This is an exciting opportunity to become a trustee for our brave, imaginative and ambitious children’s mental health charity. 

We want to bring love to children and families’ services. We don’t think it’s enough to care a bit, you have to care a lot if you want to transform outcomes. 

We want to change the national landscape of how children experience the mental health system, putting kindness at the forefront of every interaction. Building awareness, starting a movement, hearing the children’s voices and those of their loved ones: We want to transform the experience of those impacted by mental health. 

We are on a mission to ensure that no child has to lose out on a world of potential because of mental health, which means they can’t access school or find it hard to make friends. We don’t have magic wands, but we do believe that every child and family has the right to get services designed and delivered for their individual needs, and with love and imagination. Everyone has a right to have their story remembered and treated with curiosity and sensitivity. 

Who are we looking for? 

  • We are looking for trustees who share in our values and vision and are keen to be proactive, accountable and committed as well as imaginative and creative about problem solving! 
  • We want people who are kind, compassionate, engaged and willing to challenge as well as to support 
  • Strong organisational and analytical skills with ability to see the big picture and think strategically as well as reflect on projects and operations 
  • Great people skills and ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with empathy 
  • Ability to be sensitive to a diverse range of stakeholders including those impacted by mental health and disability and from a range of backgrounds 
  • Responsive to feedback and keen to give supportive feedback to the rest of the team.
  • Keen to support the trustee board to be best practise and always seeking to improve governance 
  • Willingness to learn and participate in development opportunities and support others to access these 
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate trustee admin duties and commit to compliance activities including relevant safer recruitment processes such as Section 128 and other relevant safer recruitment checks
  • Essential commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and commitment to safeguarding including to work within our safeguarding policy including to work within our safeguarding policy, code of conduct and other relevant policies
  • Ensure compliance with principles of trusteeship around good governance, risk and financial and people management and in line with charity commission guidance.

In addition to the legal responsibilities which are for all charity trustees in the UK, we are also seeking the following responsibilities/ expectations from our trustees: 

  • You will be required to attend regular board/ trustee meetings which we are looking to schedule as monthly one hour meetings but might change ( with agreement of the board to be longer and less frequent eg. 2 hours every two months for example). These are often held online but we do seek trustees who are keen to engage in person events and meetings where possible
  • Our Team will need to draw upon your expertise and time to help the organisation. We want trustees who will be both responsive and proactive about identifying areas where they could support this, and would expect this to be a commitment of around 4 hours a month of work outside of board meetings. This can be delivered flexibly around your other commitments but should be time willingly and proactively given - we are looking for people who want to get involved and be supportive and proactive in their support for the charity, people who want to get stuck in and make a impact! This might include ( just for example) giving advice, supporting with developing documents, applying for grants, wider networking, giving additional strategic or human resources support, attending meetings, reviewing finances - it would depend on the expertise and skills of the trustee and also the needs of the organisation. It does not have to be a standing monthly commitment, it could be that one month, there is less time spent and another time more - it is just to give some idea of a time given expectation. The aim is for it to feel enjoyable and rewarding and fun for trustees as well! 
  • Generally, a commitment of 3 years as a Trustee is standard for appointment

We are particularly keen to seek trustees with expertise in the following areas: 

  • HR/Legal Background with focus on compliance, contracting and tendering
  • Financial Background 
  • Operations Background 
  • Social Media/Marketing 
  • Clinical experience in children’s mental health eg. GP, CAMHS 
  • Experience of being a charity trustee and compliance and best practices Safeguarding Lead Experience within Children’s Services or Charities 
  • Experience with NHS/Local Authority commissioning, preferably of children’s services/ and or mental health services 
  • Experience with campaigning, networks and fundraising 
  • Experience of supporting and developing team and staff in wellbeing/ leadership development/ coaching and mentoring 
  • Lived experience of Mental Health needs and willingness to learn 

If you are unsure whether your experience fits into the above categories but are passionate about the role please do feel free to apply or contact us to discuss your suitability. Although the two are not mutually exclusive we would always prefer a passionate and committed trustee over pure experience! We particularly welcome applications from people who are less generally represented in charity leadership roles and trustee roles such as those from black and ethinic minority backgrounds, traveller communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and those who have lived experience of mental health and/ or disabilities as well as women and young people who are under 25. 


Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 - 20:00
How to Apply: 


We can't wait to hear from you! If you would like to fill out an application form then please find this attached and you can email this to

However, we also understand that you might want to have an informal chat with a member of the team before submitting an application, in which case, please email and request an informal discussion. 

Please note that Olivia only works part-time and so might not be able to get back to you straight away. Please note there is also additional information on the role in the attached Trustee Recruitment Information found with this advert. 

Thanks so much, we can't wait to hear from you!


Contact Person: 
Olivia Harris
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
40-48 Stokes Croft St Paul's Bristol BS1 3QD