Could you be our new Trustee?

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Quartet Community Foundation is unique and you could be part of our team.  We’re the community foundation for the West of England and, with an endowment worth more than £27 million, we give around £3 million each year, helping hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people to fulfil their potential.

We’re looking for a new Trustee to join our Governing Board, helping run the organisation that distributes around 1,000 grants each year to support local communities and charities. Later this year our Chairman, Robert Bourns, will be stepping down after four years in the role and the new Chair will be appointed at the September AGM.

Find out more

You can read about our work at, look at our latest Annual Review and check our Annual Accounts on the Charity Commission website.

If you would like to talk to someone informally, please call Robert Bourns, Chairman, on 0333 006 0000 or Sue Turner, Chief Executive, on 0117 989 7700.

Who we’re looking for

Trustees come from all walks of life and we make sure the Board represents the diverse communities of the West of England.  Quartet is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee so Trustees are the Directors with legal responsibility to ensure the organisation is well run and fulfils its public benefit mission.

To be a great Trustee with Quartet you’ll need commitment to the vision, mission and values of Quartet Community Foundation, understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities and experience of one or more of the following:

We’re particularly keen to boost the Board’s skills in three areas so we’ll give priority to people who can help us with:

What it involves

You will work with other Trustees to form an effective, accountable governing body which provides leadership and support for the staff of 13 in delivering the organisation’s activities and performance.

You’ll need to attend four Board meetings a year and join one of the four sub-committees (Finance & Investment, Governance, HR & Operations, Philanthropy & Marketing, Programmes).

You’ll need to make sure you keep on top of charity law and governance issues so we’ll give you induction training and help to stay up to date.

Main responsibilities

  1. To be actively engaged in setting the strategic direction and overall policy of the community foundation
  2. To be an ambassador and advocate for the work of the community foundation in the wider community.
  3. To introduce new contacts to Quartet from your personal and professional networks
  4. To contribute to the performance management of the medium-term strategy and related targets
  5. To set a balanced budget and support the Chief Executive and staff in achieving it
  6. To participate in grant-making panels as a representative of Quartet, as required, and visit at least one funded project per year
  7. To attend quarterly trustee meetings, the AGM and the meetings of one sub-committee
  8. To ensure that Quartet complies with its Memorandum and Articles of Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  9. To contribute in other ways to Quartet’s work, depending on the individual’s skills, interest, contacts and experience
  10. To attend Quartet’s events whenever possible and participate actively if requested
  11. To participate as appropriate in the national network of community foundations, in order to contribute to its development and set the work of Quartet in a wider context.


Appointments are for three years initially with an option of one further term of three years.

This is a voluntary role but reasonable expenses can be claimed.

How to apply

Please email us a statement (no more than 500 words) telling us why you are interested in becoming a Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation and what you would bring to the role.  Everyone expressing an interest in the role will be contacted for further information.

Closing date: 23 February 2018