Overview

About the Role

Future First Global (FFG) is a UK registered charity working to support school networks, community leaders, teachers, NGOs and governments to build thriving alumni networks. Former students are a local, community-based response to the need for relatable role models, work experience providers, sports team coaches and governors in schools around the world.

To date, in a formal form, alumni networks have been the preserve of the wealthiest of schools. FFG is changing that and helping bolster existing informal alumni activity in low income communities as well as bringing the concept to new communities for the first time.

Generally, we work through advocacy and campaigns, consultancy and training programmes to leverage resources rather than with schools directly.

Future First Global was registered in 2014 in response to a piece of research identifying the untapped potential of strong alumni communities in 7 countries globally. With strong and consistent backing from the Open Society Foundations we have had sufficient financial stability to form the organisation and now have a platform for exponential growth.

FFG currently has a board of six with a range of trustee experience. The staff team consists of three based in London and one in Singapore. In addition, FFG has direct involvement with a partner organisation in Kenya with a team of three.

On-going work includes:

– supporting a partner NGO in Kenya to develop a national programme

– advising a school network in Sierra Leone;

– helping a regional government in Australia launch an NGO to support schools across the area;

– advising the government of Bhutan on a national strategy and

– engaging with a number of other partners; – advising a national education NGO on building alumni networks in schools across Rwanda.

We also have a new earned revenue stream we are exploring, selling services into cohort based organisations such as professional development programmes.

Commitment

The core commitment for trustees is to attend four trustee meetings per year (3 hours in length, during office hours, by phone or in person) and an away day in December in London. All the dates will be set at least 6 months in advance. Beyond this, as Chair, we believe that an additional ½ day per month will be required to support the small, young and talented team.

We are looking at someone joining on an initial three or four year term, renewable once by mutual consent.

Person Specification

We are looking for a London-based Trustee Chair who comes with:

1. Board experience (in private or charity sectors);

2. Experience helping grow organisations and experience working in a range of international environments;

3. Some understanding of education, school to work transitions or community network building;

4. Some understanding of working in and influencing different policy environments.

Key Responsibilities

With other Trustees, to hold Future First Global ‘in trust’ for current and future beneficiaries, clients and donors by:
1. Ensuring that Future First Global has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction, and is focused on achieving these;

2. Being responsible for the performance of Future First Global and guiding the team to deploy its resources in pursuance of its mission;

3. Ensuring that Future First Global complies with all legal and regulatory requirements;

4. Acting as guardians of Future First Global’s assets, both tangible and intangible;

5. Ensuring that Future First Global’s governance is of the highest standard and that senior leadership team members are supported and also challenged and held to account when necessary;

6. To put Future First Global’s causefirst always, followed by Future First Global’s organisational growth and stability, reputation and staff welfare all well ahead of the personal agendas of staff, founders, ambassadors or trustees;

7. To work in partnership with other trustees and the senior leadership team;

8. To Chair board meetings and lead with key board and senior team recruitment.

Duties

1. To work closely with the CEO, senior staff and other trustees to support the overall agreement on and deliver of the vision, mission and strategic plan for Future First Global;

2. To ensure that the operational plan and budget reflect the agreed strategic direction and are appropriate;

3. To agree the measures for objectively monitoring the progress of the charity towards its strategic goals;

4. To monitor the achievement of Future First Global against the key measures from the operational plan and budget;

5. To hold the senior leadership team accountable for the achievement of the organisations goals, and provide them with regular, constructive feedback on both management and overall achievement;

6. To guide the board in appointing the CEO and trustees, to set their terms and conditions and to ensure that the organisation and the appointees invest in ongoing professional development, and consider succession planning

7. To agree Future First Global’s policies and ensure that they will assist in the achievement of the strategic and operational plans;

8. To ensure that Future First Global has robust financial control and operational systems and procedures, and to review the level of risk annually;

9. To safeguard Future First Global’s reputation, and other intangible assets;

10. To exercise sound independent judgement and declare any actual and potential conflicts of interest that may arise;

11. To reflect annually on the Board’s performance and your own performance as Chair.

To Apply

To discuss the role further please call or email Future First trustee, Jake Hayman on jake@futurefirstglobal.org or 020 7239 8935. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to jake@futurefirstglobal.org. Applications will be accepted until June 30th with a rolling interview process. We expect to make an appointment by end of July.