For the attention of all Children England's organisational members

Nominations are now open for our Trustee Board

We are seeking diverse new members for the Trustee Board to represent each of our membership categories, A and C. Each category represents a different size of charity in our membership – large (A); medium (B); and small (C). Category definitions are listed at the foot this page. The length of service is four years, with the option to serve an additional four years.

Who can stand?

The nominee should be the Chief Executive / Director of the organisation (or, in a UK-wide organisation, the most senior manager in England) and the organisation’s membership of Children England must be fully paid up for 2021 - 22. Leaders of all our member organisations are warmly encouraged to consider nominating themselves.

How many trustees are we looking for?

We need seven more Trustees: two from category A, one from category B and four from category C. It’s important that each category of members is represented to ensure the needs, concerns and experience of our diverse membership can be appropriately reflected. 

The current members of the Trustee Board are: 

Chair:                       David Holmes                               Family Action 

Category A:               Mark Lee                                      The Together Trust 

Category A:               Ross Hendry                                 Spurgeon’s 

Category B:               Norman Goodwin                          Adoption Matters 

Category B:               Clare Scherer                                Naval Children’s Charity

Category B:               Katharine Sacks-Jones                  Become

Category B:               Rita Waters                                   NYAS

Co-Option:                Simon Beresford                            Co-opted

Co-Option:                Noori Piperdy                                 Co-opted


Why be a trustee of Children England?

Here’s what some of our current and recent trustees have to say about being part of the Children England Board: 

Children England is such an important organisation representing children’s charities ensuring their voices are heard where and when it matters.  As the CEO of a children’s charity and a trustee of Children England I see first-hand the excellent work the team at Children England deliver on behalf of its members, representing disadvantaged children around the UK.  They have extensive knowledge, expertise and passion for making a difference to the lives of the children.

Rita Waters, Group CEO National Youth Advocacy Service and Children England trustee

Children England is a strong, brave and independent voice highlighting issues and policies that impact on children and young people without fear or favour.  It is committed to highlighting the contribution of the children’s voluntary sector in all its wonderful diversity. I am proud to be associated with an organisation that has children so clearly at its heart.

David Holmes CBE, CEO Family Action and Chair of Children England trustees

Being a Trustee of Children England is hugely valuable both to me individually and to my Charity.  The excellent advocacy and campaigning work that the organisation does is vitally important for disadvantaged children in the UK who are supported and represented by the many charity members of Children England.  Working with my fellow trustees and the excellent CE staff has enhanced my own understanding of the sector, and given me insights to take back into my own work.  I would recommend becoming a Trustee and joining us all in making a real difference in children’s lives.

Clare Scherer, CEO Naval Children’s Charity and Children England trustee


What is the time commitment?

The majority of trustee engagement is through board meetings. The Children England Trustee Board meets five times a year February, April, July, September and December. Each meeting starts at 1pm and usually concludes by 2.30/3pm. Meetings are mostly held in London but at the moment we are holding meetings on Zoom. Any travel expenses can be claimed. 

How does nomination work?

A member can nominate themselves in these elections. Nominations should be sent using the attached form. A brief paragraph on the nominee’s background and reasons for standing should be included in case of a ballot (if more than one member CEO puts themselves forward for their category, we will hold a vote among other members in that category to elect the Trustee). 

The closing date for receipt of nomination papers is 5pm, Wednesday 9th June 2021

Please do consider standing as a Board member of Children England. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the trustee role or nomination process feel free to contact:

Kathy Evans our CEO [email protected]

David Holmes our Chair [email protected]



Annual Income*

Annual Fee

Category A             

Over £20 million


Category A           

Over £10 million


Category B             

Over £5 million


Category B

Over £2 million


Category B

Over £1 million


Category C

Over £250k


Category C

Over £100k


Category C

Under £100k



*NB: Fees are based only upon the income that organisations receive to work with children, families and young people in each year, e.g. if your organisation spends 15% of your overall income on work with children, young people and families and 85% on older people, your fees would only be calculated on the 15%.