The Board of Trustees of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is looking for a talented individual to join our Board. With ~800 employees and over £20m annual turnover, LEYF is the largest charitable childcare social enterprise in the UK and primarily delivers its mission to ‘change the world one child at a time’ through a family of 39 community nurseries across London, reaching over 4,000 children annually. You will join LEYF at a critical time for the childcare and Early Years development sector as it seeks to address key issues including funding, gender diversity in nursery provision and achievement of high-quality outcomes.
We are now seeking a new Trustee to join our Board and contribute to the strategic development and further success of LEYF. It is an exciting time to join our organisation as we move forward with the next chapter of our growth. We have recently aligned as a Board and Executive Team on an ambition to reach more than double the number of children in the next 7 years. The successful candidates will be passionate about LEYF’s ambition and will bring experience of organisational change to support and guide us through this critical period.
We’re looking for someone with a thorough knowledge of safeguarding and child protection. You will be able to demonstrate and describe your understanding of safeguarding, its implication on practice and the changing legislative environment within which safeguarding is positioned. Trustees need to be able to blend strategic thinking with operational expertise and we are interested to understand how you have done this in a variety of roles and organisations. Today you might be a local authority Head of service or divisional director; an Ofsted inspector or be a safeguarding lead for relevant organisation, charity or consultancy.
Whatever your experience, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our Board, particularly in terms of the representation of our staff and families, over 50% of whom have black and other ethnic minority backgrounds. Prior experience as a trustee or non-executive director is welcome, but not essential. We particularly value what lived, and life experience can bring to our board too.