Trustees and Board Observer

The Nationwide Foundation
Meetings usually take place in London or virtually.
Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

The Nationwide Foundation was established as a fully independent charitable foundation just over 25 years ago. Although our philanthropic purposes are wide, we took the decision a few years ago to focus all our work specifically on strategic and practical solutions to the housing crisis. We think that the lack of decent, affordable housing is one of the most pressing social problems facing the UK today. It harms individuals, families, communities and society. Our vision is for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home they can afford. We developed our long-term Decent Affordable Homes strategy in 2013 and have committed to keeping this as our focus for the next several years.


This is an exciting time to join our Board. We are seeking two new Trustees to work with us to develop and deliver our strategic aims and we think that how we build our profile and influencing role in the future will be a critical to our success. In this round of recruitment therefore, we are particularly keen to find people who bring expertise in public affairs and campaigns or policy influencing. We are also keen to enrich our board with people who have significant business experience at senior levels, or direct experience of the issues on which Nationwide Foundation are working.

You will work with fellow Trustees to shape, drive and oversee the Foundation’s strategy and ensure that the Foundation’s values and the principles of good grant-making practice are upheld in the delivery of our objectives. You will bring strategic thinking skills and sound judgement, with the ability to see the bigger picture and to communicate that to others. You will be ambitious for our growth and impact, and bring the experience and drive to influence systemic change across the housing system with and for those we are trying to help, to create the housing we want to see.

We are also seeking to recruit a Board Observer for a fixed 1 or 2 year period. As such, you will be someone who is passionately interested in our work and keen to obtain or develop experience in trusteeship and director roles. You will be fully briefed in our work and will be able to participate in exactly the same way as our trustees, save that you will have no voting rights. 

If you share our vision and think you have the skills, passion, and experience necessary to be one of our new Trustees or Board Observer, we would love to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.