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Over our ten-year life we want to change the way charities are supported to be more resilient, and the way social investment works. Our board is at the heart of us achieving that change. If you share our vision we would love to hear from you.

Access is at an exciting time in its development. We have a clear strategy focusing on enterprise development with a £40m commitment over five years, and are developing a new £10m blended finance programme with funds from dormant accounts. The Growth Fund is also entering a crucial period of portfolio management with more than a dozen social investment funds lending across England.  Over the last year we have been working to develop an ambitious vision for learning and advocacy to help build a stronger market for supporting charities and social enterprises over the long term.

We have recently undertaken an external review of the governance of the charity. The feedback has been positive: Access is a well-managed and well governed organisation. However, there is a need to refresh the composition of the board. We are looking for a group of new trustees who are excited by our work, can help drive the organisation forward and who can support elements of our strategy. All new trustees should be able to demonstrate strong governance experience and being able to contribute at a senior level to Access’s work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Direct experience of making investments in charities and social enterprises.
  • Support for Access’s growing communications and advocacy work, to help shape our external influencing in this second phase of our life.
  • Mainstream investment experience, in particular to support the oversight of the management of our endowment.
  • Experience of running a front-line social enterprise.
  • Expertise around learning and impact management.

This role is likely to involve a time commitment of around 1 day per month. Board meetings are held at Access’s offices which are co-located with Big Society Capital, New Fetter Place, 8-10 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AZ.

To read the appointment brief for more information and how to apply, please CLICK HERE

Closing date for Applications Sunday 21st June 2020

For an informal and confidential discussion, after having read the appointment brief, please contact our advising consultants at Attenti – Jim Banks on 07787 004 768 ( or David Fielding on 07810 507 235 (