We are recruiting for the following role:


Would you like to play a key role in a charitable foundation committed to tackling social and environmental issues? If so, we are looking for one or two Trustees to join the Samworth Foundation, a grant-making charity, to help us invest our resources in organisations working to bring about positive change.

About the Samworth Foundation 

The Samworth Foundation is a family grant making Foundation which holds assets of c.£60m and awards multi-annual grants to the sum of £2.5m per annum. Grants are made in line with our current core funding strategy which focuses on: 

  • the root causes and response to sexual exploitation in the UK and internationally, and 
  • climate change and environmental recovery 

In addition, members of the Samworth family are encouraged and supported in their personal philanthropic giving which may often sit outside the core strategy. 

In addition to our core programmes, the Foundation developed a portfolio of work in 2020 to support our Grantees during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing both core and project funding, opportunities to collaborate, and access to funding to enable organisations to transform their services in response to new and emerging needs. Although this funding came to an end this year, it highlights the Foundation’s responsive and proactive approach.  

The Trustee role

Trustees share responsibility for governing the Foundation and directing how it is managed and run. You will help us effectively distribute our resources to organisations working to address issues of social and environmental concern in the UK and overseas.

Trustees are expected to attend up to four Board meetings per year, at our office in Melton Mowbray.  The role is voluntary, and each term is for three years. For further information please see the Trustee’s Recruitment Pack below for Terms of Reference. 

About you

We are looking for people with a commitment to the vision of the Samworth Foundation, who have good strategic thinking skills, sound judgement, and the ability to work effectively as part of a small team.

We are seeking people with a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Foundation, who have good strategic thinking skills, sound judgement, and the ability to work effectively as part of a small team, to become Trustees. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have experience working in the climate change sector, and/or those who have been involved in/with organisations working to tackle exploitation (Modern Slavery, Violence Against Women and Girls, child exploitation etc.). For more information see our Trustee Recruitment Pack.

We welcome knowledge and skills gained from across the sectors (private, public, or charity), or through lived experience and are looking for people who may be considering taking their first step into a Trustee role or who have been involved with trusteeships previously.

To apply

Please send a CV and covering letter (each document should be no longer than two sides of A4) to our Chair, Professor Neil Gorman, stating why you are interested in becoming a Trustee and what knowledge, skills and experience you would bring to the Foundation. Please email these documents to admin@samworthfoundation.org.uk by 5pm on Monday, 4 July 2022.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Nathalie Walters, Grants Programme Manager: nathalie@samworthfoundation.org.uk  

The Samworth Foundation is committed to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion, and we actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.