Who we are
The Board of Trustees of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is looking for a talented individual to join our Board. You will join LEYF at a critical time for the childcare and Early Years development sector as it seeks to address key issues including funding, gender diversity in nursery provision and achievement of high-quality outcomes.
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is one of London’s largest and most successful charitable social enterprises, operating 39 award-winning nurseries, including some in London’s most disadvantaged areas. We are committed to giving all children access to high quality childcare, and LEYF invests all profits back into the business.
Many of the LEYF nurseries include a mix of children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. This is proven to have a positive effect on the development of all children, but particularly those from poorer backgrounds. Where possible, LEYF employs local staff and recruits apprentices which brings an economic benefit to disadvantaged communities.
To find out more about our work and our annual report, please visit our website: https://leyf.org.uk/
We are now seeking a new Trustee to join our Board and Finance Committee to contribute to the strategic development and further success of LEYF. It is an exciting time to join our organisation as we move forward with the next chapter of our growth. We have recently aligned as a Board and Executive Team on an ambition to reach more than double the number of children in the next 7 years.
• The successful candidates will be passionate about LEYF’s ambition and will bring experience of organisational change to support and guide us through this critical period.
• A strong commercial background with a deep understanding of business in a similar size organisation.
• Experience and understanding of the complexities of commercial growth.
• Ability to blend strategic thinking with operational expertise - we are interested to understand how you have done this in a variety of roles and organisations.
Whatever your experience, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our Board, particularly in terms of the representation of our staff and families, over 50% of whom have black and other ethnic minority backgrounds. Prior experience as a trustee or non-executive director is welcome, but not essential. We particularly value what lived, and life experience can bring to our board too.
For a full role description and person specification, please see the Candidate Information Pack.
This is a voluntary, unpaid role. The LEYF Board of Trustees meet in central London for 4 (quarterly) Board meetings, typically outside working hours, and 1 strategy day. The Finance Committee meets virtually six times a year (more frequently where needed). In normal circumstances, each year you will commit to around 2 days per month including attending Board and Committee meetings, our annual Board strategy day and LEYF events and conferences.
How to Apply:
If you share a passion for continuous improvement and want to have a positive impact on the lives of others, then please submit the following:
• An up-to-date CV
• A supporting statement detailing why you would like to be considered, your relevant experience and expertise and what you think you can bring to the role.
All Trustees at LEYF are required to complete a full DBS check prior to their appointment.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please get in touch with Melissa Baxter on:
[email protected] / 07789 985229
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 20th July 2022
Preliminary interviews with Trustees Unlimited: w/c Monday 25th July 2022
Interviews with LEYF: Monday 15th August and Tuesday 16th August 2022
We look forward to receiving your application.