Trustees (x3)

Hamelin Trust

Hamelin Trust


Trustees (x3)


Hamelin Trust want to enable those that we support, our guests and their families, to achieve their life ambitions.

We now have an ambitious plan to develop inclusive, compassionate communities where people live the life they choose and a growth strategy that seeks to deliver a person-focused, place-based model of care.

We want to support and deliver care not only to young adults who are neuro-divergent or have a learning disability but also to their families, so parents and siblings can, wherever possible, be mum and dad, brother and sister, and not just carers.


Founded 40 years ago by two families raising children with learning disabilities to provide life-enriching support that was not readily available, affordable, or easy to access for families just like them. This mission still drives us today and sits at the heart of what we do.

Today, we proudly support families and the community across Essex through our specialist and community outreach services. We offer high-quality training, socialising and personalised care for young people and adults with learning disabilities and who are neurodivergent. Together with respite for families in need of a much valued break. A provision that is enhanced through the unique insight we have gained into the needs, opportunities, and challenges faced by people who are neurodivergent or have a learning disability as they go through life built up over the past four decades.

We also have an eye to the future. Working tirelessly to develop our strategy and governance to ensure a brighter and more sustainable future and growth to meet the ever-increasing need and changing demands of the community we serve.


We are looking for three individuals who can help us to sharpen our thinking and who will bring new and diverse voices and a background within care, to provide oversight and input into key strategic decisions relating to the provision of our care-related services, identifying areas for improvement, and opportunities to potentially innovate; finance, to maintain an overview of our finances to ensure that our financial resources meet our present and future needs; or as a business connector to help us develop new ideas and arrive at the best possible strategy to help us identify and cultivate potential corporate partners, to support, drive, and help us to deliver our plans.

We are equally keen to hear from candidates who do not meet these specific criteria but believe they could actively contribute to our thinking and to our future success and resilience.

Previous experience as a Trustee is not necessary, as we are committed to full and appropriate induction, mentoring, training, and support for all new Trustees.

Career Level



Degree (or postgraduate) qualification or equivalent role-based attainment, together with evidence of continuing professional development.


Finance, Care & Business Connecting


As a Trustee, you will be expected to share our vision and values, actively apply your skills, expertise, knowledge, and networks to further the aims of the charity, and ensure we have the necessary resources.



  • Ensure that Hamelin Trust pursues its stated objects, as defined in our governing document, developing and agreeing a long-term strategy.
  • Ensure that we apply our resources exclusively in pursuance of our charitable objects for the benefit of the public.
  • Ensure that we comply with charity law, company law, and all other legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Actively contribute at Trustee and committee meetings and monitor the implementation and subsequent outcomes of decisions.



  • Ensure that we define our goals and effectively evaluate our performance against agreed operational targets.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Hamelin Trust by applying appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the future organisational sustainability and financial stability of the charity.



  • Actively seek financial and in-kind support where possible.
  • Safeguard the good name, values and reputation of the Trust.
  • Represent the Trust at high-profile engagement events.



  • Maintain oversight of the activities of Hamelin Trust and work with our team and executive to account for what it needs to achieve.
  • Support the development of a learning culture and motivate, encourage, and helpfully challenge the staff team.


The above list is indicative only and not exhaustive. Trustees will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.

Person Specification

Expectations are high. As a new trustee, you will need to evidence and demonstrate commitment and be fully engaged and motivated by our vision for Hamelin Trust and bring the necessary experience, expertise, and energy to ensure we are able to achieve all that we hope to achieve.



  • Significant senior strategic leadership experience.
  • Successful track record of achievement throughout your career.
  • Entrepreneurial, with the ability to successfully navigate strategic, financial, operational, and reputational challenges.
  • Experience in external representation, delivering presentations, and managing stakeholders.


Knowledge & Skills

  • An understanding and acceptance of the role and responsibilities of a trustee.
  • Broad knowledge of the charity sector and current issues affecting it.
  • Sound independent judgement, strategic vision, and the ability to think creatively.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to engage with staff, volunteers and our guests and bring people together.
  • Commitment to fairness and to promoting equality and inclusion.



  • Palpable passion and commitment to our work and the impact we achieve.
  • Curiosity to interrogate and challenge how we work to drive operational efficiency and improvements.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to the work of the Board, optimising your skills, perspectives, experience, and knowledge and actively engaging in subjects and agenda items outside your areas of expertise.
  • Ability to commit the necessary time and effort to conduct the role well, including travel, preparing for Committee and Board meetings in advance and attending events outside of office hours.

Organisation Profile

Hamelin Trust is a leading Essex based charity supporting people with learning disabilities or who are neurodivergent and their families. We do this by providing short break services, a resource centre and outreach services within the community and in individual’s homes. We also provide training and employment opportunities through a number of independent and joint ventures.

We have an agreed and revised strategy in place which is already achieving success, enabling us to increase our reach and effectiveness by expanding provision based upon a compassionate community model while simultaneously promoting greater co-production with partners, the social care and health system, and the wider local community. Enabling us and our team to provide greater integrated support through life services to beneficiaries, their parents/carers, the wider family, and community networks.

Industry Category

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Apply Now

If you would welcome the opportunity to apply, please forward the following:

  • A CV or an extended biography outlining your executive and non executive appointments, achievements, and academic and professional qualifications.
  • A supporting statement (maximum 2 x A4 pages) demonstrating your motivation, skills, and experience relevant to the role, how you can add value to the work of the Board, and any other relevant information.


Your application should be sent to our advising consultant, Philip Nelson, at

Please also let us know if you need any special provisions should you be called forward for an interview.

Appointment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS, which will be completed and paid for by Hamelin Trust.


Closing Date: Sunday, 25 June
Preliminary Interviews: Friday 7, Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 July
Final Panel Interviews: Friday, 4 August


For an informal and confidential discussion, to ask a question on any aspect of the appointment process, or for additional information, please get in touch with Philip Nelson on 07771 953959 or via email at