1. Eggcup

Chair of Trustees

Remote/Lancaster

Chair of trustees wanted to drive transformation from emergency food support to a sustainable model with a wider customer base. We seek someone with creative energy, analytical and communication skills to offer strategic leadership. Online/remote or Lancaster

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Eggcup is a charitable incorporated organisation in the Lancaster district. As a charity, we want to see a food system that is fair, with affordable food, that is sustainable for the planet. We work on household food security, gathering and upcycling surplus food into meals, offering surplus food in our food club outlets, and providing a discounted buying cooperative of staple foods.


The role

Eggcup has supported about 1000 households weekly through throughout the pandemic through our outlets and food coop. Hundreds of volunteers have played their part alongside our six fantastic full-time staff covering overall management, administration, warehousing, outlet/volunteer supervision, and gleaning.

We have worked with our city council to deliver hardship schemes, including the Household Support Fund. As HSF4 comes to an end, we look back on a great achievement of supporting so many people through a time of strain, and we look forward to setting new goals and structuring new activities. This is a time of energising and creative change for our charity. Over the next financial year, we expect to refocus away from low-cost commercial food management and onto acquisition of surplus food throughout the region. We aim to continue our food club outlets as we grow our affordable meal-production operation and open a city centre cafe.

We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees to confidently guide strategy and analyse our approach as we move into this new phase. The ideal candidate would have knowledge of commercial food systems, as well as an interest in food sustainability, and would also hold values around fairness in society and the reduction of inequality and poverty. We are looking for someone who can confidently represent Eggcup to external organisations, who can offer light-touch supervision to our charity manager, who can analyse data effectively, and communicate clearly in meetings and in writing. The role is likely to require 2-4 hours per week as well as monthly meetings which take place via Zoom. It would be helpful to be able to visit the operation but the role can be undertaken remotely. The chair role does require commitment but the organisation has all the pieces in place for an enthusiastic person to come in and help to grow and shape the next stage of our food adventure. Energy and creative problem-solving are at least as important as experience, and we would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch for an informal chat with our current Chair of Trustees.

Supporting document(s)

  • eggcup-trustee-recruitment-pack.pdf - Download
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