Charity Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Operating remotely in Scotland, occasional UK business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 1st June 2022

  • Advertised from 12th April 2022
  • Start date: Ideally July 2022. The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed.


Time commitment: Four Board meetings per year (currently virtual). A trustee is also expected to have regular meetings with the Chair/CEO other trustees as required, and also represent the Charity at various sub-committee meetings, occasional events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to: Chair of Trustees

Do you feel passionate about improving the life chances of children, young people and families?

Are you excited to collaborate with diverse partners to design and evaluate services and complex place-based initiatives?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact.

As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are seeking to enhance our trustee Board with a priority on individuals that can offer expertise in one or more of the following areas:

· Children's Services within the Scottish context;

· Rights-based and advocacy for children, young people and marginalised groups

· Communications, knowledge mobilisation and influencing

· Design approaches (e.g. Service, User Experience and User Interface product and/or content design)

· Research, particularly around innovations in the generation and use of evidence

The successful candidate may be based anywhere in Scotland.

Dartington’s work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We are looking for several new trustees that are able to quickly add value and integrate into our Board, with a numbers of years’ experience in one of our focus recruiting areas.

Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington’s Board encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

The post is subject to eligibility to become a Director of a Company registered in England and Wales, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and reference checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Application notes

To apply, please visit

Application timetable:

Wed 1 Jun 2022 at 23.59: Close

2nd-3rd Jun 2022: Shortlisting

w/c 13 Jun 2022: Interviews over two week

w/c 4 Jul 2022: Final selection