Sir John Cass’s Foundation is one of London’s oldest and largest education charities. Founded in 1748, it supports education for young people under the age of 25 from London through its grant programmes for individuals, schools and organisations. The Foundation provides in excess of £4.3 million of educationally linked grants and benefits per year derived from an asset base and investment portfolio of circa £180 million.
The Foundation is now at a point of reflection as we look to change out name. It is clear to us that while firmly committed to combating racism, we failed to consider whether our own name and history compounded the problem. We have also continued to celebrate Sir John Cass without explaining or acknowledging his connection to slavery and human exploitation, or the hurt and anger this has caused amongst our beneficiaries and our community. It is important to us that our new name reflects our beliefs and charitable work and will remain relevant through the next 300 years. Our Trustees, partners, and stakeholders are currently consulting on the name and we will then undertake the legal applications to officially change our name as a charity.
The Foundation is now seeking outstanding candidates to join the Board at this critical point in our history. We are open minded about the specific skills and experience this person will bring but would welcome applications from those who have lived experience or an understanding of our beneficiaries and what they experience. In order to increase the diversity of our board to reflect the community we serve the Foundation would particularly welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds.
The Foundation is an equal opportunities organisation. We welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour nationality and ethnic or national origin) religion or beliefs, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Sir John Cass’s Foundation on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference VAMDA. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 8 December 2020.