Trustee Vacancy

We are currently seeking one, or two, new Trustees…

The Steel Charitable Trust is an endowed registered charity (272384) with assets of approximately £32m. It make grants of over £1m per annum to UK-registered charities and charitable organisations particularly working in the areas of Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health and Social or Economic Disadvantage. Grants are made predominantly throughout the UK but, since the Trust’s 45-year roots are in Luton, it has developed close links with many charities in Bedfordshire and there are specific programmes for Luton.

We are seeking one or two additional Trustees to join the Board. The role involves attendance at four regular quarterly meetings, participation in occasional ad hoc meetings (usually conducted remotely), assessment of applicants’ suitability for grants, and some intermittent administrative tasks in connection with good governance. Meetings are held in London or Luton; Trustees are required to be competent in the use of their own computer and have reliable Internet access. The role does not offer remuneration, but all necessary expenses are reimbursed. On average, the time commitment is approximately 3-5 days per quarter.

We are specifically looking for one Trustee with a qualification in accountancy and/or extensive professional experience of accounts or investments.

While this is not a requirement, we encourage applications from people who can bring knowledge of Luton and its issues to the Board, and who have empathy for the diversity that characterises the town.

There will be an initial probationary period of 12 months and, if successful, a 3-year appointment will be made in the first instance.

Click here to download the full role description and person specification.

Click here to read the Charity Commission guidance on the responsibilities of Trustees.

If you wish to discuss the role before applying, please contact Trustee, Dr Natalie Briggs, on

Application and interview

Application is by CV with a covering letter of no more than 1000 words. The covering letter should explain why you are interested in this role and address the skills/qualities listed in the person specification.

Candidates are asked to save both documents into one file (in Word or as a PDF) with a file name of [your surname.your initial_Trustee], for example Patel.J_Trustee, and email it to: by the closing date of Wednesday 28th October 2020.

All candidates will receive a response to their application by email by 11th November. If you have not received that email, please check your junk mailbox before contacting us.

A first interview will be held on Wednesday 25th November 2020. This could be in London or Luton, or even via ZOOM, depending on the circumstances of those selected.ID guidelines.

Candidates shortlisted from the first interview will be asked to attend a second interview in London on Monday 7th December 2020.

Candidates selected for interview may claim their travel expenses.

The Trust will, of course, follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the Government and adjust this process as necessary.

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