Paddington Development Trust Trustee Vacancies
Paddington Development Trust was established in 1998, and aims to empower deprived communities in London, through employability, social entrepreneurship, health and well-being programmes, and facility development.
We are an anchor organisation, working alongside thousands of local people and partners to open up opportunities in employment, skills and qualifications, business start-ups, volunteering, and also influencing the shape of local education, housing and community infrastructure. Since its establishment we have raised and invested more than £60m in capital and revenue projects.
Most recently, we fundraised £7.5m for the heritage restoration of St Mary Magdalene Church now managed under the name Grand Junction @ ST Mary Magdalene grandjunction.org.uk. It is a Grade 1 Listed Building and new cultural and community arts centre in the heart of the Westbourne Ward, one of the most disadvantaged localities in the UK. Covid 19 has seriously impacted our work at GJ but we are planning reduced opening and activities from October 2020.
Our mission is to bring people together and support them to take charge of their own individual and shared futures, and we want to see a world where communities are in control.
In 2019, our Stowe Centre headquarters was visited 36,000 by local people for social and economic support and community events; our Community Health champions delivered health and well-being advice and support to 8,000 local residents; and 224 previously economically inactive women were helped into jobs and training.
To find out more about the scope and impact of our work please visit the PDT Impact page on this website
We currently have a board of ten, all of whom can serve up to two three-year terms. The board is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of PDT and working with our outstanding staff to give them the support and scrutiny they need to continue to deliver a wide range of services in our local community. PDT is a close-knit family, passionate about making improving people’s lives, and our Board members are a key part of the wider team.
Board members are:
- Expected to prepare for and attend two-hour board meetings every 2/3 months (currently online)
- Encouraged to attend events and visit PDT projects
- Provide oversight of specific projects or workstreams – for example, sit on a working party, or advise on areas of expertise.
- Act in accordance with PDT’s values by encouraging self-sufficiency, promoting the equitable distribution of power and justice, and providing equal opportunities for all communities.
PDT has reacted strongly to Covid-19, and has been able to pivot to deliver many services online, but it has presented significant challenges on the income side – particularly income related to venues and running events. We are also undertaking an internal review in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, to ensure we are in the best possible position to deliver to our diverse client base and to attract and promote the best black and minority ethnic talent
We would like to hear from people who are keen to join the board and have skills / lived experience / expertise in one or more of the following:
- Business development
- Further education and training
- Digital marketing
- Community Development
- Heritage sector
Furthermore, we are particularly keen to hear from those who are or have recently been PDT service users, and those with a connection to our local community in north-west Westminster, either through work, volunteering or residency. We also actively encourage applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, and people with disabilities, who are currently under-represented on the board.
Please send a CV and covering letter of no more than two pages to email@example.com
Tell us why you want to be a trustee and how you can meet one or more of our skills / knowledge areas.
If you would like an informal chat before applying, please contact Abi Carter, Chair of PDT, firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for this current round of board members is 11th December and we will look at applications on a rolling basis. All applications will be treated equally and we will be removing personal information prior to reviewing CVs in order to avoid bias regarding sex, age, ethnicity or other identifiers.