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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.


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


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


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

"I thought it was an excellent placement, which has taught me vital things and it has given me an idea of what I would like to do in the future."

Age 15, 3-day VWEX (Finance)

"It was very informative and was definitely worth every minute. The speakers and staff were very kind and helped us all build a better understanding of the world of engineering. This was an insight I doubt I could have gotten anywhere else."

Age 15, Insight day (Engineering)

"It was very informative and made me feel confident about what kind of sector of engineering I want to get into"

Age 14, Insight day (Engineering)

"An amazing experience!"

Age 14, Insight day (Law)

"Start to finish there was loads of enthusiasm from the employees and the students! Really fun to be a part of this!"

Age 17, 5-day VWEX (Engineering)

"I enjoyed the work experience, I learnt new skills on how to write my CV and what employers look for."

Age 13, Discovery day (Employability)

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.

Our Corporate Partners

Casper Shipping
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