YAPP Charitable Trust
Trustee Vacancy


We are seeking to appoint up to 3 new trustees who will help shape the strategic direction of the Trust and make decisions on allocating grants to small charities that are working to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.

  • Location: National
  • Hours: approximately 3 hours per month
  • Salary: Unpaid

Application deadline: 21 January 2019

What will you be doing?

You will be part of a small team of trustees and will help distribute effectively the Trust's limited resources to small charities operating in England and Wales. From time to time you will be requested to undertake assessment and/or monitoring visits independently or with the Trust Secretary to help increase your understanding of the work we support.

What are we looking for?

To complement the current board's skills, we are seeking individuals who ideally have grant making experience and/or a background of working (or volunteering) within one or more of our priority areas:

Elderly people
Children and young people aged 5 – 25
People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)
To ensure that our work continues to reflect the range of charities that we support through our grant making, we wish to diversify our current gender-balanced board and extend representation within the Trust. We are particularly interested to receive applications from individuals from underrepresented groups.

Existing trustees are in London and the North West of England. We would therefore prefer new trustees to come from Wales or other regions of England.

What difference will you make?

Many grant making trusts only offer project and/or capital funding. The Yapp Charitable Trust only makes grants towards core funding, which small charities are finding increasingly difficult to secure. Our funds are limited however, and we have to define eligibility and funding priorities. You will help determine our grant making strategy and where our funds are directed so that we continue making a difference to small charities by sustaining their vital work.

A few more details..

Trustee meetings are all held in central London - within walking distance of Euston and King's Cross stations. The trustees appointed must be prepared to travel to the capital up to 3 times per year for these meetings - typically held on Thursdays (11am-2pm) in March, July and November. Full travel expenses will, of course be met. Because meetings are relatively infrequent it is important that all trustees make every effort to attend.

To apply

Please send a CV and a one page supporting statement, outlining your interest in the vacancy and your relevant background, skills and experience, to Joanne Anderson, Trust Secretary at info@yappcharitabletrust.org.uk. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (in London) in late February/early March 2019.