Exciting BookTrust Trustee Vacancies 737 views

Inclusive Boards are delighted to be supporting the BookTrust with their search for new trustees. More information on the book Trust can be found below:

BookTrust is dedicated to getting children reading. They are the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Children who read are happier, healthier, more empathetic, more creative and do better at school. BookTrust know that starting early and involving the whole family is the best way to get children reading, so that is where they focus most of their work.

They want every child to have the best start in life that reading brings: Their flagship programme Bookstart reaches the families of every baby and toddler across the country with books, resources, support and guidance and reach over 3 million families every year across the UK.

The BookTrust are passionate about supporting families who face more challenges – supporting children with disabilities, looked after children, families in areas of socio-economic deprivation, families where English is not their first language. They create bespoke books, deliver targeted programmes and provide additional support to help break down barriers and get every child reading, no matter what their individual circumstances are.

They do this in partnership working with every Local Authority and across every region in the country to reach families via an extraordinary national network of health visitors, librarians, children’s centres, Early Years settings, schools, registrars and more. Publishers and authors is pivotal to their work too, providing great books that they choose carefully to ensure that every child will love them.

As a member of the Board of Trustees you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to children’s lives by helping to develop the strategic goals, monitoring the charity’s performance and supporting staff team in the delivery of programmes.

BookTrust are looking for people who are able to bring enthusiasm for reading, a collegiate working style and a strong appreciation of their mission to get children reading. All trustees need to be able to provide effective strategic oversight of the charity’s activities. They are particularly looking for candidates who have experience in the following areas:

  • working with children in any sector
  • a background in the arts sector
  • expertise in cross sector partnership-working
  • legal/governance experience to complement the broad range of skills already present on the Board.

BookTrust want to improve the diversity of their Board and would therefore especially welcome interest from applicants from BAME backgrounds, applicants who are based in the regions, and parents and carers of children who are current recipients of their programmes who can lead on promoting diversity at Board level.

We hope you are excited by this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you.  You should apply by submitting a current CV and covering letter to hello@inclusiveboards.co.uk, demonstrating how your expertise meets the needs and how you meet the requirements in the trustee role description.


Closing date: 0900 Monday 2nd October 2017.

Interviews are likely to be held Wednesday 11th October 2017.

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