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We are the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, networks and training.

The Peter Minet Trust is looking for Trustees

Join the trustee board at Peter Minet Trust to support and fund inspiring local charities in Lambeth and Southwark.

  • Location: Lambeth and Southwark, South London
  • Salary: Pro-Bono (Expenses only)
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 5th December 2022

About Peter Minet Trust

Peter Minet Trust, formed in the 1960s from the proceeds of the sale of property owned by the late Peter Minet, has been funding and supporting small local charities in Lambeth and Southwark for the past 50 years. Peter Minet Trust focuses on working with small, local charities that are embedded in their community, making a real difference to residents experiencing severe and multiple disadvantages; charities have shared that these grants enable them to respond quickly to need, whilst making their own decisions on their priorities.

In 2019, they embarked on a new strategy of providing multi-year grants of unrestricted funds to help provide their charity partners with longer-term certainty and flexibility to deploy the funds to meet the specific needs of their organisation. They have always formed partnerships with the charities they support, and see this new strategy as only strengthening the strategic relationship and enhancing the support they can provide.

Peter Minet Trust is currently funding the following charities:

  • Bright Centre
  • Brixton Wings
  • CEF-Lyncx
  • Home-Start Southwark
  • Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO)
  • Juvenis
  • Loughborough Junction Action Group
  • Spring Community Hub
  • Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
  • Stepping Stones
  • St Matthew’s Project
  • Southside Young Leaders Academy (SYLA)
  • Westminster House Youth Club

Peter Minet Trust is a learning organisation and is currently working with research charity, IVAR, to understand the difference that multi-year unrestricted grants make to small local charities.

The Trust will be refreshing its strategy in 2023, which will involve reflecting on its learning, the needs of its communities and the most effective role Peter Minet Trust can play in the future.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking 3 trustees to bring the board up to its full capacity of 7 and are keen to encourage applications from under-represented groups. Candidates need to have knowledge of South London, or a connection to the area through residency, family, friends or work, and be able to bring one or more of the following experiences:

  • Management or lived experience of small or grassroots charities, including Black-led charities and community groups, and people with experience of improving inclusion and equity to help us understand the challenges of the charities we fund – and to help us ask the right questions as we develop partnerships with these charities.
  • Experience of finance and audit including monitoring management accounts, forecasting, annual audited accounts – to help the board further support the Director, bookkeeper and auditor’s work in this area and give oversight. A knowledge of investments would be an advantage.
  • Experience as a trustee or employee of a funder with experience of strategic development.

Time commitment

The time commitment averages across the year at up to 8 hours per month, usually during the evening, focused around the quarterly meeting cycle. Meetings are held in-person at the Trust’s office in Newcomen Street in Southwark during the early evening, and there is also a full day (or 2 half days) for a trustee “awayday” for strategic development. Induction and training will be provided for new trustees. The term of office is 5 years, after which trustees can be re-appointed for a second 5-year term.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07958 690184

Job description and resources

Applications close: 9 a.m. Monday 5th December 2022

Please download the Role Description and Person Specification and complete the Equality Monitoring Survey:

Other relevant documents:

To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4 each and written in minimum font size 11) that outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “The Peter Minet Trust – Trustees” into the subject field.

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Our commitment to equal opportunities

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact

Grant Taylor

Managing Director

e. grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

m. 07958 690184