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Chair of the Board of Trustees – The Bell Foundation

Location: Nationwide

Date Posted: 01/03/2021

Closing Date: 23/03/2021

Time commitment: 1.5 days per month

The Bell Foundation works to create opportunities, change lives, and overcome disadvantage through language education. Through generating and applying evidence, we aim to change practice, policy and systems for children, adults and communities in the UK disadvantaged through language. Our work benefits learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL), victims, offenders, and ex-offenders for whom English is not their first language, and young people who use English as a second or additional language.

Established in 2012, we have continued to develop strongly in reach, impact and ambition and are now a national and influential player. We work with a variety of different partners, including local authorities and schools, leading universities and third sector organisations. We operate both at a grassroots level, through direct delivery of programmes in schools, and at a national level, through the commissioning of research and engaging in the development of public policy. The Foundation is also the sole shareholder of Bell Educational Services Ltd (Bell), our trading subsidiary. Bell has its own subsidiary Board, and its business is teaching English as a Foreign Language.

We are now seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees to replace our current Chair, who is approaching the end of their term of office. Chairing a high-performing and ambitious Board, the Chair will lead the Board to further our ambition to achieve system change and practical impact on the ground.  The Chair will also ensure that the Board holds the Chair of Bell Educational Services Ltd to account for the overall performance of Bell the trading subsidiary.

The successful candidate will bring a proven track record of strategic leadership and of managing complex governance structures, significant charitable expertise, and commercial awareness. Intellectually robust and commercially astute, you will have a sophisticated understanding of leadership, management, and governance. Your outstanding communication skills and interpersonal skills will allow you to develop productive relationships that command respect, trust, and confidence.  Above all, you will demonstrate a genuine commitment to overcoming disadvantage through language education.

To find out more about the appointment, click on Visit Website.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Joanna Thornton on 07384 258626, Michelle Sander on 07341 773 817 or Valentina Serra on 07384 114 732. The closing date is Monday 29 March 2021 at 10am.

The Bell Foundation is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Board to better represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from all regardless of age, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, or socio-economic background.

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