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Trustee - London Early Years Foundation

TrusteesUnlimited · 10/08/2022 13:51

The Board of Trustees of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is looking for a talented individual to join our Board. You will join LEYF at a critical time for the childcare and Early Years development sector as it seeks to address key issues including funding, gender diversity in nursery provision and achievement of high-quality outcomes.

The Organisation
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is one of London’s largest and most successful charitable social enterprises, operating 39 award-winning nurseries, including some in London’s most disadvantaged areas. They are committed to giving all children access to high quality childcare, and LEYF invests all profits back into the business. Many of the LEYF nurseries include a mix of children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. This is proven to have a positive effect on the development of all children, but particularly those from poorer backgrounds. Where possible, LEYF employs local staff and recruits apprentices which brings an economic benefit to disadvantaged communities.
To find out more about their work and annual report, please visit our website:

The Role
LEYF are now seeking a new Trustee to join their Board and Finance Committee to contribute to the strategic development and further success of LEYF. It is an exciting time to join the organisation as they move forward with the next chapter of their growth. They have recently aligned as a Board and Executive Team on an ambition to reach more than double the number of children in the next 7 years.

Person Specification
•    The successful candidates will be passionate about LEYF’s ambition and will bring experience of organisational change to support and guide them through this critical period.
•    A strong commercial background with a deep understanding of business in a similar size organisation.
•    Experience and understanding of the complexities of commercial growth.
•    Ability to blend strategic thinking with operational expertise - LEYF are interested to understand how you have done this in a variety of roles and organisations.

Whatever your experience, LEYF are committed to enhancing the diversity of their Board, particularly in terms of the representation of their staff and families, over 50% of whom have black and other ethnic minority backgrounds. Prior experience as a trustee or non-executive director is welcome, but not essential. They particularly value what lived, and life experience you can bring to their board too.
For a full role description and person specification, please see the Candidate Information Pack.

Time Commitment
This is a voluntary, unpaid role. The LEYF Board of Trustees meet in central London for 4 (quarterly) Board meetings, typically outside working hours, and 1 strategy day. The Finance Committee meets virtually six times a year (more frequently where needed). In normal circumstances, each year you will commit to around 2 days per month including attending Board and Committee meetings, their annual Board strategy day and LEYF events and conferences.

How to Apply
If you share a passion for continuous improvement and want to have a positive impact on the lives of others, then please submit the following:
• An up-to-date CV
• A supporting statement detailing why you would like to be considered, your relevant experience and expertise and what you think you can bring to the role. All Trustees at LEYF are required to complete a full DBS check prior to their appointment.

Please apply via our website -

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please get in touch with Melissa Baxter on: [email protected] / 07789 985229

Closing date for applications: Monday 26th September 2022
Interview Dates: Monday 31st October, Tuesday 1st November, Wednesday 3rd November.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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