President of Coram

Coram seeks new President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • 22 March 2024

Coram has diverse Boards and Committees composed of highly experienced and sector leading trustees and governors with direct beneficiary experience. We are looking for a new President and Chair of the Board of Trustees to support our work across the Group.

 

We are Coram. Better chances for children. Now and forever.

Coram is the UK’s first and longest continuing children’s charity founded by Thomas Coram in London helping vulnerable children and young people since 1739. Today, we are dynamic group of specialist organisations helping more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year across children’s rights and voice, adoption and family services, education and training.

Our vision is bold and ambitious – to be the Institute for Children, driving insight into impact, creating better chances for children child by child and changing the odds of the next generation through policy, legal and practice development.

We are now seeking a new President and Chair of the Board of Trustees to succeed Sir David Bell and to lead the next chapter in Coram’s development.

 

About the position

The role offers an outstanding opportunity for a distinguished and established leader with extensive networks to make positive change happen for children in the UK and beyond.

Candidates are likely to be existing chairs or non-executive directors with substantial experience of both commercial and non for profit high profile organisations, with an appropriate combination of empathy and authority and an ability to marshal information.

Candidates should have a deep personal interest in Coram’s mission, strategy and ethos and a strong personal commitment to helping it achieve this.

The President attends five board meetings per annum in person and leading the Annual Court meeting of Governors and summer showcase. This is alongside four committee meetings and attendance at key events. The President should be prepared to devote around a day per week to Coram business and be based in or within easy reach of London. The position is unpaid and, when in person, meetings take place at Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ.

 

To apply please send your CV and a supporting statement with two referees to oliver.rose@coram.org.uk.

Closing date: 12 noon on Friday 10 May 2024

Interviews will take place from late May.

Coram is an equal opportunities employer and organisation welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams and our boards of trustees. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and where appropriate will require the successful applicant to undertake a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Registered Charity No. 312278.