Chair of the Board

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th April 2023

  • Advertised from 14th March 2023


Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund (ELTF) is recruiting for a new Chair to join our Board. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in poverty in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Most of our grant making directly benefits individuals and families in need and we aim to respond quickly to requests for support. We have links to over 100 charities locally and work in partnership with many of them. If you are committed to helping the poorest in society and have relevant experience as a Board Member or Chair, then you could be the person we are looking for. Experience and understanding of board and charity governance is a key requirement; a good understanding of issues relating to poverty and inequality would also be welcome. The current membership of the Board can be seen on our website

About the Trust

ELTF is a very active grant making trust whose core aim is the relief of poverty. We operate three funding streams:

  • The General Fund which provides small grants to individuals in need and grants to small local charities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • The Edinburgh Police Fund for Children which provides grants for shoes and warm jackets for school age children in Edinburgh
  • The Edinburgh Fire Fund which provides larger grants to individuals who have experienced a house fire in Edinburgh

In addition, we distribute small grants to vulnerable young people on behalf of the Ponton Trust.

See for further information and a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts.

The Trust has an investment portfolio of around £8m which is managed on its behalf by Investment Managers. Total income of around £250k annually is used to fund grant giving and meet overhead expenses.

The Board has a minimum of five Trustees and a maximum of nine. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of up to 4 years and may be re-appointed for a subsequent term of up to four years.

The role is voluntary and unpaid but we hope that working with ELTF will be a rewarding experience, helping to support vulnerable people in need as well as building links with other charities working with those in poverty.

Time Commitment

The Trustees meet four times a year to approve larger grant applications, to discuss and decide on policy, strategy and governance issues and to provide oversight of the Investment Manager that manages the investment portfolio. In addition, there may be one or two additional meetings on specific topics if the need arises. Between meetings, there will be a small amount of business conducted by email, perhaps once a month on average. The day-to-day operations of the Trust are managed by a full-time Administrator. The Administrator reports to the Chair who liaises with them on a regular basis on policy and operational issues.

Application notes

Please email the Chair of the Trust with a CV including details of relevant experience.

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion, please also send an email to this address.

Application Deadline: Monday 10 April 2023