We're seeking three new members for the Trustee Board, representing each of our membership categories (see below for membership categories according to size). Nominees should be the Chief Executive / Director / Manager of a member organisation and the organisation must have paid its membership fees for 2017/18.

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.

Read the full Trustee role description here.

A member can nominate themselves in these elections. 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 Children England Trustee Board meets five times a year in February, April, July, September and December. Each meeting starts at 12 midday and usually concludes by 3.30pm. Meetings are mostly held in London and travel expenses can be claimed.

Download the nomination form here.

The closing date for receipt of nomination papers is Monday 19th June 2017.


Why become a trustee of Children England? Some quotes from current trustees:

Being a trustee for Children England is a personal and professional pleasure. Professionally it gives the opportunity to support Children England’s independent campaign and policy voice, speaking out confidently on behalf of children’s issues, at a time when their interests are getting lost and organisations are increasingly cautious about challenging policy changes. Personally it has been a real privilege to work with other trustee colleagues and the fantastic CE staff. The passion, commitment and deep knowledge that they all bring is extremely impressive and it’s a privilege to play a small part in the team.

Mark Lee, Together Trust


I really enjoy being a Trustee of Children England because it’s a great team – both the other trustees and the dedicated staff.  But more importantly I believe that the role of Children England has never been more vital.  At a time when public services are being slashed and increasing numbers of children and families are living in poverty, we need a bold, thought-leading voice for our sector that speaks up with honesty and integrity - and Children England is that voice.

Natasha Finlayson, Become


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, Family Action  (Chair of Children England)


Children England under the leadership of Kathy Evans’ (CEO) and David Holmes’ (Chair) offers uniquely incisive policy support and interventions on behalf of the children’s voluntary sector.  We have an impact far beyond our size.  The work is invaluable for smaller and medium-sized charities like my own that cannot afford our own policy and campaigning teams.  I value being a trustee in order to support such crucial work in the interests of children at a time of great challenge and uncertainty for children and children’s services.

Stephen Blunden, Childhood First

Children England is a veritable voice for children and I’m proud to be a Trustee. The key role the charity is playing in tackling difficult issues affecting children makes its role very unique. With my involvement in other children's charities, I am confident Children England is able to act as a strong voice to address the issues that matter.

Debbie Ariyo, AFRUCA

View our full list of trustees.


If you would like further information or would like to speak to Kathy, our CEO, or David Holmes, our Chair, please contact Lisa in the first instance by email lisa.byrne@childrenengland.org.uk.


Membership categories

Income at 31st March 2017


Over £10 million


£5 million - £10 million


£2 million - £5 million


£250,000 - £2 million


Up to £250,000