Villiers Park Educational Trust

We are seeking to enhance our Board by recruiting trustees who are committed to addressing educational inequality and promoting social mobility.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Villiers Park Educational Trust is a national social mobility charity. We deliver unique programmes for high ability students aged 14-19 from less advantaged backgrounds.

Our programmes empower young people to succeed and overcome barriers to success. We help raise academic achievement by developing personal and employability skills.

We are particularly keen to appoint trustees with senior experience of university admissions management, senior professional charity fundraising and strategic digital development and application in education and/or stakeholder active participation.


We view diversity as fundamental to our success. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and particularly encourage applications from minority groups. 


Core role

  • as a member the Villiers Park Educational Trust (VPET) board of trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction VPET, its financial health and the probity of its activities, pursuing its objectives in accordance with the Articles of Association, and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations
  • to act in the interests of VPET always and not to put first the interests of a trustee’s own personal and organisational interests

Key responsibilities of trustees

individually and collectively as a Board

  • being responsible for the proper governance of VPET in accordance with all legal and regulatory requirements, and for acting within the authority of VPET’s Articles of Association and policies
  • taking ultimate responsibility for everything that VPET does and determine the overall direction and development of VPET through good governance and clear strategic planning
  • acting reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to VPET exercising reasonable care, skill, diligence and independent judgment 
  • safeguarding and protecting VPET’s assets ensuring that robust systems are in place for internal financial control and the protection of VPET’s assets
  • responsibility for compliance with safeguarding best practice
  • having a duty to act collectively and to accept collective decisions 
  • avoiding any conflict between their personal interests and those of VPET, and declaring their interest in any proposed decision; and not accepting benefits from third parties
  • undergoing an induction upon appointment and ongoing training to remain alert to, and aware of, their duties and responsibilities, and of the policy and practice environments in which VPET operates
  • participating in individual and full board meetings/committees/task and finish groups 
  • being subject to annual appraisal by the Chair or Deputy Chair
  • abiding by the Code of Governance for charity trustees and the Code of Conduct for company directors
  • maintaining confidentiality about the business conducted at meetings of the Board of Trustees unless authorised by the Chair to speak of it
  • attending all meetings, ensure that they are prepared for them and can contribute appropriately and effectively; they will give apologies in advance if unable to attend; and unless the Board has given special dispensation being required to resign from the Board following three consecutive absences from Board meetings
  • maintaining a cooperative and collegiate atmosphere with their fellow trustees; and with staff 
  • supporting the Chief Executive and the staff team
  • contributing personal and professional expertise and advice to VPET at the request of either the Chief Executive and/or the Chair and by membership of boards and advisory groups
  • supporting business development and fundraising as requested by the Board or Chief Executive
  • acting as an ambassador for VPET and undertaking external meetings as agreed with the Chief Executive or Chair
  • visiting VPET hubs in agreement with the Chief Executive
  • attending VPET events on a regular basis 
  • participation in an exit interview with the Chair or Deputy Chair at the point of retiring from the Board.

As we work with young people, we will provide an enhanced criminal records disclosure from the DBS (the Trust will arrange this).

Please send a CV and covering statement to [email protected] by Monday 13th July 2020.

Closing date for applications

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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