Become a Trustee

We are currently looking to invite new members to join the Board, to work with existing Trustees and the College’s Senior Management Team to lead on the vision and strategic direction of the charity.

Applications close: Tuesday 31st January 2023
Interviews: Online via Microsoft Teams, at a mutually convenient time

Homefield College provides education and services for people with learning disabilities, the majority of which are on the autistic spectrum. We adapt the teaching and support on offer to meet each individual’s needs and strengths.

Our small, committed and friendly team of Trustees have a passion for making a difference to the lives of our students and residents.

We would welcome applications for new Trustees from those who have:

  • Experience at strategic level within an education organisation

  • The ability to analyse information

  • Vision, enthusiasm and excellent communication and interpersonal skills

To maintain our balance of skills and experience on the Board, we are particularly interested to hear from applicants who have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Finance

  • Business

  • Education – preferably with knowledge of vocational provision and experience of operating within the Ofsted education inspection framework.

We are committed to equality and diversity and aim to ensure that the Board is composed of Trustees who reflect the community at large. We will be honest – our Board of Trustees is not as diverse as we would like. We would strongly encourage applications from under-represented and minority groups.

If you feel you have the skills and experience needed to support and enhance the work of our Trustees, we look forward to hearing from you. Please fill in the interest form at the bottom of this webpage, and we will contact you for an informal chat.

Find out more about being a trustee

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the eligibility to become a trustee?

    What is the eligibility to become a trustee?

    Most people over 18 years of age can become Trustees, but a few are not eligible.

    People aged 16 and over can be Trustees of a charitable company, but cannot be Trustees of an unincorporated charity.

  • What is the minimum time commitment per year?

    What is the minimum time commitment per year?

    There are four Main Board meetings a year, and 3 sub-committee meetings a year. All of these are held in the early evening and currently take place via Microsoft Teams.

  • Can Trustees be paid?

    Can Trustees be paid?

    Generally, Trustees are unpaid; this is a voluntary position and Trustees must not benefit in any way from their connection with the charity.

    There are limited exceptions to this rule, and the Charities Act allows Trustees to be paid in certain circumstances for providing services to the charity over and above their normal Trustee duties.

  • Can I be a trustee if I already work at Homefield?

    Can I be a trustee if I already work at Homefield?

    Generally, no because Trustees must not gain from their position. Again, there are limited exceptions to this rule.

  • What if there is a conflict of interest?

    What if there is a conflict of interest?

    Trustees must act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to Homefield, and must always bear in mind that their prime concern is the charity’s interests.

    Where Trustees are required to make a decision that affects the personal interests of one of the Trustees, then we often require that that person does not vote on the matter.

Register your interest

Register your interest

If you're interested in becoming a Homefield trustee, please complete the form below.

Linda, our Clerk to the Trustees, will contact you for an informal chat and talk you through any additional information we may need.