Job Board

CLOSED: Trustee, Longleigh Foundation

Deadline: 21 June, 2021

Is this role for you?

  • Are you interested in making a positive difference to the lives of social housing residents?
  • Can you help amplify the voice of those we work with through your personal or professional experience?
  • Could you bring diversity to our board so that we reflect better the people we work with?

About the Longleigh Foundation

Longleigh_logoLongleigh was set up as a grant-making foundation in 2015 by the social housing provider, Stonewater, who had recognised the increasing gap between the needs of their residents and the availability and accessibility of services to provide the support required.

Due to our origins, we focus our grant-making and support on the issues that adversely affect the quality of life and aspirations of the individuals and communities served by the social housing sector.

We are in the minority of funders in that we provide grants to both individuals and organisations. Through our Individual Grants programme, we can enable transformation a life at a time. Our Project Grants mean we can support transformation a community at a time. And, through our Research Grants, we can seek transformational change at wider, societal level.

Due to the considerable growth and development of our work, we have developed a new five-year plan where our vision is: to enable more lives to be transformed across more communities by continuously improving the difference we make and the value we bring to our partnerships with the social housing sector. 

Being a trustee

As a trustee, you can expect to get involved in working with us on our new plan. This includes: taking part in discussions around grants, strategy, planning and decision making; relationship building; and supporting Longleigh to grow and develop. There are responsibilities around good governance but support will be provided for you to get up to speed with these, so experience of being a trustee isn’t required.

About you

We believe that to enjoy our way of working you will need integrity, empathy for and understanding of our grantees, both individuals and groups. You will feel a connection and passion for the kind of work we do.

We aim to work towards having a trustee board that reflects the diversity of our grantees, so we especially want to hear from people of a wide range of ages, identities, geographical locations, backgrounds and ethnic groups; people who have experienced poverty and disadvantage first hand, or who have a disability, or who have close experience of others with disabilities.

In addition, these are some of the qualities, abilities and skills we are looking for in our new trustee:

  • Passion for our work and mission
  • Demonstration of our values across all internal and external interactions
  • The confidence to constructively convey your views and speak your mind
  • Ability to be a team player

If you feel that we are describing you in any of the above, then we’d love to hear from you. Your interest would be greatly valued and appreciated.

How to express your interest

Read more about Longleigh in the Trustee Recruitment Pack.

To express your interest in becoming a trustee, please write a letter, addressed to David Emerson, Longleigh’s Chair, explaining why you are interested and outlining what you would bring to the role. Please also supply a copy of your CV and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (download from this link). These three documents should be emailed to by Monday, June 21, 2021.

If you would like an initial, informal conversation about becoming a trustee of Longleigh please contact Allyson Davies, who is working with us. You can email Allyson at or call her on 020 7828 3855 or 07968 556164.