Trustee, The Ulverscroft Foundation

Opportunity by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Location LE7 7FU

The Ulverscroft Foundation has a vacancy for a Trustee to help guide the future development of the organisation and to assist in developing and delivering its grant-making policy. Based in Anstey, the Foundation supports blind and visually-impaired people around the world.

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About this role

The position will involve attending meetings at the Foundation’s headquarters in Anstey, Leicestershire and is unpaid. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. In very exceptional circumstances meetings may be held digitally.

Trustees attend eight meetings per year, four of which are to consider bids and to award grants, and four are primarily business meetings, which include reviewing the performance of the publishing company Ulverscroft Limited.

The Foundation is keen to improve its profile with the aim of attracting high quality applications for funding. We would welcome applications from potential Trustees who are able to offer strategic advice on marketing and, in particular, on the use of social media.

For an informal chat about the position, please contact the Foundation’s administrator, Joyce Sumner, on 0116 2361595.

About The Ulverscroft Foundation

The Foundation is the sole shareholder in Ulverscroft Ltd, the world’s leading publisher of large print and digital content for visually-impaired readers. The company’s main market is to public libraries in the UK, Australia and the USA.

The Ulverscroft Foundation was created by the company’s founder, Fred Thorpe, to enable the profits from the publishing company to be used to alleviate the effects of blindness and sight impairment across the world. We are a locally-based charity with a global reach.

Every year, the Foundation distributes around £400,000 in grants worldwide, ranging from a few hundred pounds to many thousands. We fund research, clinical treatment, education, and social and cultural activities. Details of many of the projects we support can be found on our website,


Commitment to the aims and values of the Ulverscroft Foundation
Desire to improve the lives of blind and visually-impaired people worldwide
Understanding and acceptance of the legal obligations of a Trustee
Experience of decision-making at a senior level
Ability to contribute to strategic planning
Experience of collaborating effectively as a member of a small team
Ability to interpret and evaluate applications for funding
Ability to prioritise grant allocations to achieve maximum benefit
Willingness to attend meetings of Trustees and to contribute to the work of the Foundation by taking on other tasks as required
A commitment to the principles of probity, openness, integrity and fairness
Understanding of issues around equality and diversity

Experience of marketing and social media
Awareness of the needs of blind and visually-impaired people
Experience of managing budgets to meet organisational objectives


Location LE7 7FU

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