Who we are
We are an independent charitable trust established in 1996 by local businessman Ian Marks CBE DL and his wife Angela.
When the family sweet-making business, Trebor, was sold to Cadburys in 1989, Ian and Angela decided to give back to the county where their family had lived and worked for generations.
We now give out around £4 million every year, working with 180 fundholders to support Essex voluntary organisations and 80 individuals.
For over 27 years we have worked passionately to develop the charitable sector in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. We want to create a culture of generosity and support, inspiring charitable giving to provide vital funding to voluntary and community organisations working at the heart of our communities.
On average each year we provide grants to over 420 large and small organisations which are meeting the needs of their communities and making a real difference for local people, with funds provided by over 180 donors and national funders.
We are recruiting several voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees to help expand our skills and broaden our diversity. Our Trustees tell us that they feel they can make a real difference through their involvement and applying their skills to support and develop our work.
There are several skills that we now need on our Board, and we hope that you will be interested in working with us. These are a broad understanding of charity, finance or risk management, marketing and communications, and legal. You can read more about this in the Recruitment Pack.
We want to ensure that our Board better reflects the diversity of those who belong to the communities that we support and so we particularly welcome interest and applications from LGBTQ+ people, Black, Asian and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people under 40 years of age.
This could be your first Trustee role, or you could already have some experience as a Trustee. We have a full trustee induction process, ongoing training, and a mentor scheme to support you through your first years. You will have the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge of the charity sector through participating in the work of our Board committees.
Our Board meets four times a year, and participation can be in person or virtually.
Applying couldn’t be simpler, read our Recruitment Pack and send your CV and cover letter to [email protected].
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19 July.
We would also like to offer you an opportunity to have an informal conversation with one of our current trustees or our Chief Executive. Please contact us to arrange this.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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