Charity Trustee, Part Time 1.5 days per month

Expiring today

London (City of), London (Greater)
09 Nov 2021
07 Dec 2021
Contract Type

CHARITY TRUSTEE REQUIRED with Property Expertise and Experience

We are seeking an experienced property professional to be a trustee and join our Board of trustees providing a property voice to our decisions given we operate in the property sector.

The Ethical Property Foundation (“EPF”) is the UK’s go-to property advice charity for the voluntary sector. Founded in 2004, we have to date supported 5000+ voluntary organisations and since 2015, we have been sole referral partner to the Charity Commission for land & property advice. Our goal is to equip voluntary organisations with the knowledge and confidence to make the most of the property they occupy and manage, for the benefit of their service and beneficiaries, without crises or compliance failures. We are a small, dynamic, and socially enterprising organisation. Our services comprise of free, independent property guidance and support, and affordable consultancy, as well as online property education and research. We run an expert Register of Property Professionals, primarily solicitors and surveyors, who provide advice on a pro bono and discounted fee basis.  

We have a Chief Executive, Senior Property Adviser who heads up our affordable Consultancy and part time Co-ordinator as employees, and number of experienced property professionals who act as associates on a self-employed basis as well as expert volunteers.

The trustee we are seeking should be ideally a qualified commercial surveyor having worked with, or substantial experience of, small businesses and their property needs.  It would be useful if you have worked in and with the charity sector.  EPF has other trustees with relevant backgrounds and this role is to increase our trustees’ board knowledge of the commercial property market and EPF’s interface with it.

In addition to the normal trustee role, there is one task for which the trustee will have an oversight reporting to the board.  We are reviewing our on-line information and to build our online presence and education resources.  The new trustee will chair a newly set up Editorial Board of our new Resources Hub which will replace our current library of 150 pages of information.  We see online learning and information provision as one of our principal remits, and the new Hub is at the heart of our provision. We therefore seek someone who has both property expertise as well as an awareness of how to deliver accurate and accessible information to a lay audience, covering the main elements of property management whether rented or owned.  The Board has two volunteer property professionals as members.

For more information about EPF, please see our website:

Trustee Role

Description and Expectations

Under the Chairmanship of Kim Worts our Board of Trustees meet quarterly in London or via Zoom (in the afternoons) and the role is undertaken on a voluntary basis though reasonable travel expenses are paid.  We estimate total time required would be around 1.5 days per month, with some evening receptions and an annual, non-residential, away day.

Our trustees are ambassadors for our work and occasionally attend other events. The role of a Trustee is an important one and as a member of our Board you will have responsibility for the overall direction, vision, and strategy of EPF, providing support to the CEO.   You will assist us preparing for future challenges and play an essential role in our success.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, the candidate will be able to:

  • support the ethical values of EPF for transparency, fairness, and the triple bottom line - financial, social, and environmental.  
  • work collaboratively and strategically, supporting trustees and staff
  • commit adequate time to fulfilling the responsibilities of the role

As a property trustee, the candidate will have:

  • demonstrable recent experience of the property industry:
  • relevant property qualification and demonstrable subject matter expertise

As the chair of the Editorial Board, the candidate will be able work with the small team to produce the right information at the correct depth for the intended (lay) readers, set up a review mechanism to keep the site relevant and up to date, ensure consistency in the presentation, and report to the Board from time to time.  IT assistance is available to ensure for example all the relevant web page links are in place. 

Application procedure

Informal discussion

To arrange an informal phone discussion with our Chair Kim Worts or Chief Executive Antonia Swinson please call 0792 065 0530


Please apply by email stating why you feel you are suited to the roles and wish to become a trustee together with a C.V. with references via the application method below, with Trustee Recruitment in the subject line.