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Trustee Opportunity

An exciting opportunity to join the exciting board of trustees at The High Tide Foundation.

High Tide is inviting applications from suitably experienced and qualified individuals interested in the role of Trustee for the Foundation.

As part of our strategic growth plan, and at a really exciting time for the charity, we are looking for individuals who are experienced in the area of accounting or financial management.

About High Tide Foundation

The High Tide Foundation is a registered charity delivering meaningful work experience and career programmes to schools, colleges and young people aged 11-19 years old in the Tees Valley. Our virtual and workplace-based programmes directly connect young people with employers from a diverse range of industries and sectors; connecting the curriculum with careers, opening the door to career opportunities and providing a glimpse into a diverse range of businesses across the Tees Valley.

Our programmes also provide unique and life-enriching experiences that help young people engage with employers, understand the world of work, improve personal skills and raise aspirations. For more information on our programme, team and board.

Background

After nearly 10 successful years, High Tide is now in a period of scale and development providing an exciting opportunity to contribute to the strategic development of a highly regarded charity that is immersed in, and engaged with, the Tees Valley community. With the introduction of new virtual work experience programmes and a dramatic increase in reach and impact, High Tide is aiming to engage with over 4000 students in the coming year through a range of life-changing digital and workplace-based programmes.

The successful candidate should be able to contribute to the strategic leadership of High Tide and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges and opportunities faced by the charity while being comfortable working at a strategic level alongside a mix of staff, business members and education partners. You will be joining an established Board whose role is to ensure that the vision and corporate objectives are achieved, that the expectations of all stakeholders are fulfilled, a sound financial position is maintained based on strong principles of professional control and good governance.

Experience and Role

This is a voluntary role providing a unique opportunity to support and influence the growth and development of High Tide, and its work inspiring the young people of Tees Valley.
To complement the current board of trustees, the successful candidate will have a background and experience in accounting and financial management and be able to demonstrate:

  • success in a senior role in the private, public and/or education sector
  • an understanding of the role of a trustee in promoting good governance
  • ]a good understanding of the role that industry plays in skills development
  • a passion for supporting the development of young people
  • the ability to consider complex issues related to evaluating strategic performance
  • the skills to challenge established thinking at  Board level and present views in a clear and concise manner
  • a clear commitment to improving diversity and equality and the capacity to expand the vision of High Tide in order that the Trust continues to develop it’s scope, reach and value to the Tees Valley community

Commitment required for the role will be approximately 6-8 meetings per year including half-day board meetings and subcommittee meetings. In addition, you would have the option to attend a similar number of the programme based “evening events” such as Graduations or Business/Education Membership events.

Please submit your application to lauren@hightidefoundation.co.uk for the attention of Lauren Bywater, General Manager of High Tide.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st May.


Upcoming Programmes

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3850

days spent connecting young people with businesses through immersive virtual placements and inspiring workplace experiences.

6500

young people engaged with and supported to increase awareness, improve skills, build confidence and raise aspirations.

150

businesses of all sectors and sizes, helping to showcase opportunities and shape the workforce of tomorrow.


"The programme has inspired me because I thought Engineering was just for boys but now I know that girls are able to exact same jobs as men."

Year 8 student from Redcar

"I thought you’d have to leave the area to get a job as a filmmaker but, because of High Tide, I’m now doing that in my home town. It's just the best."

Year 11 students from Stockton

"Before I did the High Tide work experience programme I didn’t really know anything about job opportunities in Tees Valley. Now I know what I want to do and High Tide has helped me get there."

Year 11 student from Middlesbrough

"Because of High Tide I now know that I want to get an apprenticeship with a local company and be an Engineer."

Year 9 student from Middlesbrough

"I am grateful for my visit and experience; I now know my career aims and what I need to do to get there. Some of my best memories are because of High Tide and I would recommend it to all young people."

Year 9 student from Middlesbrough

"My experience has provided me with amazing opportunities and allowed me to meet very influential people who have helped me to gain confidence and skills that I can take with me for the rest of my life."

Year 10 student from Stockton


Access for all

Our programmes are open to schools and colleges across the Tees Valley, and delivered by businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Free of charge

It’s simple to get involved and easy to organise. Our initiatives are delivered completely free of charge to schools and colleges.

Fully Supported

For businesses, it’s straight-forward to support. We’ll plan and deliver sessions; all we need is your time, passion and commitment.

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