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Trustee for Maths on Toast

Introduction

Maths on Toast is the UK family maths charity. Our vision is to transform children’s and parents’ experiences of doing maths together. 

Founded in 2012, our work started with communities in Camden. We currently work across several London boroughs and have a growing reach across the UK. Our mission is to enable every family to feel positive, empowered and inspired about maths – using our creative maths approach to address and overcome barriers such as maths anxiety. 

We engage families in maths and work collaboratively with partners – schools, community organisations, charities – to offer a wide range of creative maths events, resources, programmes and products. We have big ambitions for systematic growth in the coming years. As our strategic plans develop, you can play a part in realising our desire to take the charity’s work to a whole new level – and to put us on a sustainable footing for the future. 

Who are we looking for?

Maths on Toast is looking to appoint two Trustees, preferably with one or more of the following skills: 

  • Arts, culture and education sector knowledge  
  • Digital marketing, public relations and communications 
  • Commercial product development and sales  
  • Fundraising and corporate social responsibility  

We’re particularly looking for Trustees with networks to high-net-worth individuals, corporates, education and government influencers to support our commercial offer to generate new sources of income. 

We would also like to hear from individuals who have experienced challenges with formal education and are keen to inspire and support young people who may be facing similar challenges, as well as parents/carers or those with experience of working with families. 

We are focused on a commitment to diversity and inclusion within our governance structure and so encourage individuals from marginalised groups to send an application. If you have no/little experience of working in the voluntary sector, we can also support you as long as you are committed to our vision. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Contribute towards the long-term strategic direction for the charity  
  • Represent the charity at occasional events and network to support fundraising and growth strategy priorities 
  • Monitor and evaluate risks; and bring your observations to the Board  
  • Ensure an effective business plan and budget is in place and that the charity remains financially viable through diverse income generation  
  • Ensure that the charity’s development is monitored and managed 
  • Approve key policies and take decisions about matters reserved to the Board 
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the accurate governance of the organisation, including compliance 
  • Understand the challenges we face as a small organisation and how to help drive us forwards in a sustainable way  

Personal Specification

Essential skills and experience:  

  • Committed to the values and vision of the charity with the ability to recognise its key challenges 
  • Strategic oversight and leadership, to support Maths on Toast in the delivery of its mission 
  • Independent problem solver with the confidence to question and challenge 
  • Collaborative and good at forming relationships with a team 
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills with influencing abilities 

Desirable skills and experience: 

  • Technologically aware with ideas about how we may continually enhance our online digital presence  
  • Understanding of the charity sector, social enterprises or local authority partnerships 
  • Understanding of informal learning environments, including family or youth engagement 
  • Understanding of the education sector and/or STEM development 

Commitments

Maths on Toast welcomes all applicants, including first-time trustees, and are keen to enhance their board and reflect the diversity of the community they serve.  

This is a voluntary role which does not attract a salary, although expenses incurred will be reimbursed. The Board meet up to 8 times a year, generally early evenings in central London plus one strategic away day each Spring/Summer. All meetings are currently taking place over video conference.  

To stay sufficiently in touch with the business and be able to inform their judgements, Trustees are expected to liaise with staff outside of the Board meetings to support and advise as needed and join events to see our work in action. Therefore, the total time commitment is approximately 1 day per month. 

We hope the appointed Trustees can join us for our last board meeting before the end of the year and our end-of-year social (Coronavirus restrictions permitting). 

How to apply 

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (1-2 pagessetting out what interests you about this position, the organisation and why your experience would be beneficial to Gemma Mann gemma@mathsontoast.org.uk 

  • Closing date: Friday 27th November at 5pm 
  • Interviews: Monday 7th – Friday 11th December  

For an informal discussion about the role, please contactReena O’Neill reena@mathsontoast.org.uk or Dami Solebo dami@mathsontoast.org.uk  

By applying for this role, you confirm that you are eligible to be a Trustee. For information on Trustee eligibility visit the government, visit GOV.UK.