England & Wales – Board meetings are held in Central London
Working hours:
4 board meetings per year plus 1 away-day
Closing Date:

The organisation 

YWT logoYoung Women’s Trust is the only organisation that focuses solely on supporting and representing women aged 18-30, in England and Wales, who are unemployed or struggling to live on low pay. We offer free employment coaching and personalised advice on job applications to support young women into work and out of poverty and we conduct research and run campaigns to give young women fair opportunities to access, sustain and progress in work.

We have ambitious plans to scale up our work to reach more disadvantaged young women and to extend the influence and impact of our research and campaigns, which makes this an exciting time to join the charity and help us support more women achieve their own ambitions.

The opportunity 

Working with the Chair and Chief Executive to help provide leadership and direction to the Charity and contribute to fulfilling the Board’s responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

We already have a talented group of trustees, including 2 young women from our beneficiary group, but are seeking to diversify the Board even further and extend the range of skills around the table. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with skills in:

  • Frontline service delivery
  • Digital engagement


  • Links with industry

We encourage applications from all sections of the community. Most Board and Committee meetings are held in central London in our wheelchair accessible offices near Angel tube station.

The Board meets at least 4 times a year (usually on a weekday between 4pm and 7pm) plus one Board Away Day.

There may also be occasional ad-hoc meetings with staff and attendance at events. 

In addition Board members with relevant skills may be asked to sit on the Finance & General Purposes sub-committee which also meets 4 times per year during working hours.

The appointment is for a three-year term, plus a second three-year term if appointed, after which Trustees are expected to step down after 6 years.

The person 

We’re looking for people who share our passion for making a difference for young women. The ideal candidates will have an understanding of the needs of disadvantaged young women, understand high quality governance and the role of the Board and be able to work as part of a team to help the Charity to meet its objectives. They should also be able and willing to give up some time to support the work of the staff and volunteers. 

Full information about the role responsibilities can be found here: YWT trustee role description  

How to apply

If you have the skills and determination we’re looking for please supply the following:

  • A current comprehensive CV outlining your key achievements in previous and current roles
  • A supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the person specification
  • Details of two referees (who will not be contacted without your prior consent) 

Please send your completed application to 

Please contact Carole Easton, Chief Executive if you would like to arrange an informal telephone conversation with her.

The closing date for applications is 21st December 2018.   We will get back to applicants by 4th January.

Please note that interviews are likely to be on Friday 18th January

This role, like most trustee roles is unremunerated.