Governing Board Member

Bristol City Funds
Non-Executive Member of the Board
Contract Type: 
One day per month, including regular attendance at Governing Board meetings
Details of Role: 

Are you interested in using your skills and experience to make a transformative and long-term difference to society? If so, please read on.

Over the last 2-3 years a new civic led initiative has emerged in Bristol under the title of City Funds. City Funds seeks to help build Bristol as a city that works for everyone. By reducing barriers which create inequality and poverty, we aim to create a sustainable city where people thrive and are proud to call it home. Working together, bringing local businesses, communities, funders and the public sector round the same table, we can share resources, expertise and pool knowledge. Through City Funds we are raising money locally and attract national finance, earmarking new money for Bristol to help our city to address its key priorities.

At City Funds we want to see positive change that transforms the lives of individuals and communities. We want an environmentally sustainable city. We want to see the value of every pound invested in our city amplified, through strategic, cooperative partnerships addressing the root causes of inequality and poverty. You can read more background through the following link:

We already have a £10 million investment fund in place, with work underway to establish grant based funds that allow us to have flexibility in the way that we’re able to address the needs of the city – through a combination of repayable investment, grant and blended finance support.

The work of City Funds is overseen by a Governing Board, which aims to be as diverse as possible and ensuring there is representation from all key sectors. The Board has been in place since the Summer of 2018, meeting on a regular basis. The Board is currently made up of 9 members, although one member has recently moved away from the city, and we are now actively looking to recruit a replacement.

About the role

The main purpose and objective for which the Governing Board has been established is to oversee the implementation of the City Funds initiative. As noted above, there is a need to recruit a new member of the Board following the resignation of an existing member due to a move away from the city.

As part of the Governing Board, the successful applicant will:

  1. Provide oversight for the work of City Funds.
  2. Providing support, advice and guidance to each Funding Priority Group, as required. There are currently four Funding Priority Groups (Community Initiatives, Economic Inclusion, Environmental Transformation and No Child Goes Hungry), although this is likely to change over time.
  3. Reviewing the progress of and continuing need for each Funding Priority Group, at least bi-annually.
  4. Preparing an annual report on the overall progress made against each Funding Priority and the implementation of the City Funds generally.
  5. Acting as an advocate, and networking to bring in new potential sources of funding and support.
  6. Seeking to influence strategies and policies of corporate and governmental entities to further the objectives of this initiative.

Role requirements


  • Qualified: Qualified by experience or academic qualifications suitable for the role.
  • Communicative: The ability to network with key influencers in the Bristol region along with national and local funders and business.
  • Creative: Willing to be proactive within fast moving and innovative environment.
  • Decisive: A willingness to share in making decisions, and take calculated, well informed risks.
  • Proactive: A proactive self-starter who is able to manage relationships effectively.
  • Inclusive: Commitment to achieving inclusive growth and positive change in society.
  • Ability to travel regularly around the Bristol Region.
Closing Date: 
Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 17:00
How to Apply: 

If you are interested in being considered for this important role we would ask you to provide a copy of your CV and a one page summary of what you feel you would bring to City Funds if you were appointed to the Governing Board.

Applications should be submitted by email to: no later than Friday 6th December. Should you have any queries then please contact the Chair of the Governing Board, Andy Street on 07771 905801 or by email: 

Contact Person: 
Andy Street
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
07771 905801