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Large charities search for BAME board members

SEAT AT THE TABLE: Boardrooms are strengthened by diversity

THE EDUCATION Development Trust (EDT), a large non-profit organisation, have appointed diversity search firm, Inclusive Boards, to source new trustees.

EDT had a turnover of £65 million last year and operate internationally in markets including sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East. They also have a significant footprint within the UK delivering specialist education programmes, supporting school improvement, providing careers advice and leading a group of independent schools.

Governments across the world have relied on EDT’s expertise to deliver education programmes as part of their drive to improve the life chances of their students. EDT is also a world authority on school inspection and evaluation having inspected schools around the world for more than 20 years.

They are now looking for two business and/or education senior leaders to join their board.

Inclusive Boards were set up last year to improve the diversity make-up of boards within the public and charity sectors. They have access to over 60,000 black and minority ethnic (BAME) professionals and influencers and are now working with organisations to attract high-calibre trustees.

The founders also set up youth employment charity Elevation Networks 10 years ago and are responsible for publishing New View, the annual list of most influential BAME leaders within the public sector.

Inclusive Boards are also working with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the UK’s largest charity supporting blind and visually impaired individuals founded by Thomas Rhodes Armitage in 1868 and a recipient of a Royal Charter in 1948.

RNIB are currently looking for talented individuals to join the Charity Board of Trustees and particularly want to hear from candidates who have a background in managing customer service and those with experience in managing cultural change. Because they are keen to reflect the diversity of their service users, Inclusive Boards have been commission to particularly help to attract female candidates as well as candidates form Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

If you are interesting in applying for these roles or learning more about Inclusive Boards please click here.

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