1. The Kennedy Memorial Trust

Trustee

Hybrid/London

The Kennedy Memorial Trust is seeking TWO new Trustees to join its Board from October 2024, one with university academic experience and one with operational management experience, to succeed Trustees who have reached the end of their terms of office.

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Who we are

The Kennedy Memorial Trust funds exceptional UK students to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Set up as a ‘living memorial’ to President Kennedy following his assassination, the Trust has funded some 600 Kennedy Scholars since the first cohort departed in 1966. The strong trustee board is chaired by Sir Mark Walport.


The role

​The Kennedy Memorial Trust is seeking TWO new
Trustees to join its Board from October 2024, one with university
academic experience and one with operational management experience
, to
succeed Trustees who have reached the end of their terms of office.

The
Kennedy Memorial Trust funds exceptional UK students to pursue graduate
studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). Set up as a ‘living memorial’ to President Kennedy following his
assassination, the Trust has funded some 600 Kennedy Scholars since the first
cohort departed in 1966. The strong trustee board is chaired by Sir Mark
Walport.

The specific experience and skills we are seeking to recruit
in these two roles are:

· Trustee 1: Current or recent experience
as a an academic in a UK university
, with insight into the landscape of postgraduate
opportunities, outreach and selection, and good practice in supporting student welfare.

· Trustee 2: Experience and skills in
operational management
, covering issues such as IT, finance and HR systems, project oversight
and risk management.

We are keen to strengthen the diversity of the Board and –
reflecting the UK basis of the charity – hope to recruit at least one Trustee
who lives or works in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We encourage those
with all backgrounds and characteristics to apply. If you need any support to
make your application, please contact beverley@turtonhr.com .

The
Trust

The
Kennedy Memorial Trustfunds exceptional UK students to pursue graduate
studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). Set up as a ‘living memorial’ to President Kennedy following his
assassination, the Trust has funded some 600 Kennedy Scholars since the first
cohort departed in 1966.

The
Trust prides itself on the talent and service of the candidates it selects.
Following their time at Harvard or MIT, scholars have gone on to play leading
roles in the UK and across the world, in public service, the law,
science/technology, health, education, business, charities, the arts and media.
Alumni of the programme include Lady Mary Arden (Supreme Court Justice from
2018 to 2022), Lord Mervyn King (Bank of England Governor from 2003 to 2013).
David Miliband (ex Foreign Secretary, now CEO of the International Rescue
Committee), Dame Kate Bingham (Chair of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce),
Zanny Minton Beddoes (Editor-in-Chief, The Economist), Sir Richard Moore
(Chief of MI6) and Matt Clifford (CEO of Entrepreneur First and Chair of the
UK’s Advanced Research and Invention Agency).

Originally
funded by public donation, the Trust has an endowment of around £16 million. It
has developed a medium-scale fundraising programme over the last decade, and
now intends to grow both its alumni activity and its fundraising, taking
advantage of the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the first scholarships being
awarded. An externally conducted feasibility study for the fundraising
programme is underway at present.

The
Trust is supported by a small administrative team. A new Director has just been
appointed. The team is being strengthened to reflect plans for increased fundraising
and alumni relations activity: a part-time executive assistant is in post, and a
fundraising/alumni relations specialist will be recruited later in the spring.

The
Trust is a registered charity – see our latest accounts here – overseen by a ten-person Trustee board
chaired by Professor Sir Mark Walport. Many but not all of the Trustees are
former Kennedy Scholars. The current recruitment is to replace Stephanie
Flanders and Professor Fiona Macpherson, who will have served two five-year
terms by Autumn 2024.

What
Trustees do in the Kennedy Trust

As
with any charity, Trustees are responsible for the general control and
management of the administration of the charity. It is the role of Trustees to develop
and update the charity’s strategy and oversee its work to deliver it. Trustees support and challenge the executive
team to deliver on the charity’s goals, oversee the charity’s finances, approve
its policies, manage risks, and help to build its external networks.

In the
Kennedy Trust, selection of scholars is a key annual activity: a number of Trustees
are asked to be involved in the short-listing process, and Trustees also participate
in two days of face-to-face interviews (currently in early January).

A
recent Board Development Review has established a revised structure of
sub-committees to handle detailed issues in a time-efficient way, and make more
time for strategy within the Board itself. The new sub-committees are set out
below.

Title

Remit

Finance, operations and
audit

(Chair: Tilly Franklin)

Financial strategy

Budget planning and monitoring

Business plan creation and monitoring

Investments

Report and accounts

Operational systems (offices, IT, CRM, data
protection, and related projects)

Care of the Runnymede Memorial

Academic, scholarships, and welfare

(Chair: Sir Mark Walport)

Oversee competition, ad, stipend etc

Conduct long- and shortlisting of
applicants

Review scholar feedback and recommend any
changes in light of it

Diversity

Support handling of welfare cases

Oversee means-testing

Alumni and fundraising

(Chair: Moira Wallace)

Alumni engagement

Event planning (for alumni/donors/
stakeholders)

Fundraising strategy, delivery, policies,
donor recognition

Impact report

Website redevelopment

External communications

Nominations, people, and
board development

(Chair: Mary Ann Sieghart)

Board development and evaluation

Articulation and review of governance
framework

Staff recruitment, remuneration, HR matters

Trustee recruitment

Chair recruitment (2025)

Preparation of strategy
session working with Chair and other sub-committees

Time
commitment and specific contributions sought

The
time commitment for Trustees is:

  • Attendance at and preparation for three 2-3 hour board
    meetings a year, in spring, summer and autumn. In-person attendance is
    encouraged at all meetings, especially the summer meeting.
  • Participation in two days of interviews in person
    in London in January.
  • Participation in at least one of the board’s
    sub-committees (2-3 meetings, usually online).
  • Ad hoc and occasional support to the Board and to
    the executive team on issues within the Trustee’s skillset.
  • Where possible, attendance at trust events such
    as the annual summer reception, the annual lecture, and other ad hoc
    alumni gatherings.

Qualities
and experience sought

For
all Trustees we seek:

  • Enthusiasm and energy to support the purpose and
    future of the Kennedy Trust and the Kennedy scholarships
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically,
    exercise good judgement and work well within a team
  • Experience of governance in a profit or
    not-for-profit setting
  • Commitment to stay up to date with good practice
    in charity governance and in candidate interviewing
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity
    and inclusion, and to widening access for underrepresented groups in
    higher education
  • Professionalism in handling sensitive and
    confidential information about individuals

In
addition:

For the academic trustee we are looking for

·
Current or recent experience as a an academic in
a UK university

·
Someone who would make a good contribution to the Academic, Scholarships,
and Welfare sub-committee, whose major task will be to conduct and oversee the
shortlisting process each Autumn

·
A good understanding of how study options at
Harvard and MIT fit with the wider landscape of postgraduate opportunities
elsewhere

·
Extensive experience of candidate selection and
good practice in shortlisting, interview, and selection

·
The ability to add value to the Trust’s
ambitions to further widen diversity of the scholar pool

·
Insight into, and experience of, handling
welfare issues for postgraduates and supporting candidates to make a success of
their award.

·
No academic discipline is ruled in or out.
However, when the current Chair reaches the end of his term we shall lose our
only Trustee with a medical background. This is therefore a gap we hope to fill
at some point in the next few rounds of recruitment.

For
the operational trustee we are looking for:

·
significant experience of operational issues gained,
for example, as a COO, CEO, project or
programme director, operations director, or in a start-up

·
someone who would make a good contribution to the Finance, Operations
and Audit Committee

·
proven experience in business planning, risk management, and project
planning and management

·
someone who can assist the Trust in some of the
operational projects that lie ahead, such as modernising its administration,
data-systems, website and records, and overseeing a move to more flexible
office accommodation

Terms
of appointment

·
Trustees are appointed for a five-year term of office, renewable
for a further five years maximum.

·
These are unpaid positions, but reasonable expenses are
reimbursed.

·
Find out more about what being a Charity Trustee entails at Charity
trustee: what’s involved (CC3a) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Application
process

Applications
should be in the form of a CV and a covering letter which outlines why you are
looking to become a Trustee with us and what skills you bring.

Applications
should be sent to beverley@turtonhr.com before 9am on 2nd April
2024
. Face to face interviews will take place on 19th April 2024
in London , or –
in exceptional circumstances – virtually or on another day.

References
will be taken during the process and candidates will be asked to confirm that they have not
been/would not be disqualified as a Trustee.

As
part of the Kennedy Memorial Trust Trustee recruitment process, names will be
submitted to No 10 for formal appointment by the Prime Minister.

Supporting document(s)

  • trustee-recruitment-role-description-27-022024.pdf - Download
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