We require an experienced individual who can lead and chair our board of trustees into the next phase of development. How to Thrive is an independent charity that wants all children and young people to learn the skills of resilience so they can thrive no matter what happens.


Ensuring we have strong Governance and challenge, both internally and externally is vital as we manage and build on two fantastic development grants from Big Change and Big Potential. Along with our grant from the Education Endowment Foundation to lead and deliver Healthy Minds, we are financially secure for a minimum of three years.
We have a strong operational team and an extended, skilled team of Associates that deliver the work.

There is a detailed information pack for interested candidates and the role can be summarised as follows:

  • Provides leadership and direction to the How to Thrive Board of Trustees and enable the Board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.
    Ensures that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation/regulations.
    Works in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer to support them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff.
    Facilitates the board of trustees in stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making.

The essential qualities we are looking for are: 

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
    Commitment the charity’s objects, aims and values and able to devote time to carry out responsibilities, as set out below.
    Unselfish in guiding others, respects the autonomy of others and will do the right thing, even if it’s unpopular.
    Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
    Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
    Able to foster a collaborative team environment.
    Not in career consolidation mode, so is well established in their career.
    Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
    Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
    Has a low ego, displays personal humility and is able to navigate multi stakeholder situations.

Desirable qualities include: 

  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
    Experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some practical experience of charity finance, charitable organisations.
    Leadership skills exercised through a period change.

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About How to Thrive

How to Thrive want children and young people to learn the skill of resilience so they can feel good and thrive no matter what happens. We provide schools the training, skills and resources they need to build their young people’s resilience. Our programmes are practical, based on evidence, and deliver deep and lasting change in young people’s behaviour and ability to learn.

There are three core principles to our work

1.Our approaches and training are based on solid research, theory and evidence.
2.We teach skills and strategies that work in the real world.
3. The adults matter: their role is vital in helping children and young peoplebe resilient.