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Founded in 1989 in Manchester in memory of Albert Kennedy, akt is the national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity, providing safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people. We exist to give LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 at risk of or experiencing homelessness or a hostile living environment the support they need to thrive. In 35 years, akt has provided more than 250,000 nights off the street and supported over 50,000 LGBTQ+ young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. We currently work with over 800 vulnerable young people a year, providing both face-to-face and online assistance. We help young people to access safe accommodation and provide support to access education, training or skills to ensure a successful transition to independent living. We have regional centres in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol and offer a fully online service nationwide to ensure our services are available when and where young people need us most. 1 in 4 young people who face, or experience homelessness identify as LGBTQ+ (National Scoping of LGBT Youth Homelessness, akt, 2015). 78% of the youth we work with have experienced rejection or abuse from their families (The LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness Report, akt, 2021).


This is a pivotal time for akt both externally, in light of the political and economic context, and also as we grow as a charity. We are currently recruiting a new Chief Executive who will join us this autumn. They will lead our transformation so we can develop our life changing services and build a strong organisational infrastructure to support our continued expansion. For our new Board members therefore, this is an exciting point to join us. We are looking to fill some specific skill sets although the list below is not exclusive and we are interested in people who can add value to the growth of our charity as we enter this new phase. 

It is likely that you will bring experience in one or more of the following areas: financial leadership with a recognised finance qualification; income generation – with experience of designing and delivering fundraising strategies; service development – broadly in young people’s services, homelessness, mental health or wider service growth and transformation; governance experience either through a legal or company secretarial route. 

Above all else, you will bring leadership experience, strategic thinking and insight which will support our strong governance and future strategy. You will care deeply about what we stand for, the services we provide and the young people we support. We are an ambitious, collaborative and engaged Board which offers a high degree of challenge and support to one another and to our executive team. You will join a team of people deeply connected to our mission and determined to make a difference. 

It is unacceptable for young people to find themselves homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as a result of who they are. We are here to transform their lives and to enable them to find the safety and security they need at such a crucial time. If you are motivated by our mission and can provide us with the skills we seek, we’d love to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you would like to join our board and how your skills and experience will enable us to meet our ambitious plans.

We recognise that not everyone has an equal start, therefore the opportunities certain groups have been afforded are likely to have impacted their life and career experiences to date. So, if you’re from an underrepresented group and feel that you don’t meet all the criteria but can carry out this role effectively please get in touch as we’re just as excited by transferable skills and potential.

Closing date
Monday 15th July 2024

Preliminary interviews
w/c end July / early August 2024

Final Panel interviews
w/c 2nd September 2024