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Chair of the EFL Trust Board of Trustees (Voluntary role)

At the EFL Trust, we are looking to recruit a new chair who will provide strategic leadership to the organisation as we embark on the next phase of our “Build Back Better” strategy.

Home based (anywhere in England and Wales), PR1 8HU
Contact Name
Jim Lord
Contact Email

About Chair of the EFL Trust Board of Trustees (Voluntary role)

Role Status: Unpaid Role (Voluntary role, but all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed)

Location: Home based (anywhere in England and Wales)

Role Term: Part time, fixed term (Initial 3 year term with an option to extend to a maximum of 9 years)

The EFL Trust is the charitable arm of the English Football League (EFL), and was established in 2008 to oversee the remarkable and diverse work of their Football Club Community Organisations (CCOs). Over ten years later, providing 'a football experience for everyone' is key to EFL's work and this is reflected in the work of our CCOs. Our core purpose remains to support the CCOs to help us achieve our vision. This is best achieved when the power of both the Football Club and the Club Community Organisation are brought together

At the EFL Trust, we are looking to recruit a new chair who will provide strategic leadership to the organisation as we embark on the next phase of our "Build Back Better" strategy after successfully negotiating our way through the challenges of the last 12 months. It is an exciting time to be joining our Board of Trustees as we re-establish our strategic direction and embark on the next part of our journey.

The EFL Trust provides support, leadership, funding, structure and a collective identity to the Club Community Organisations in its network, enabling a joined up approach to inspire people through powerful projects focusing on health and wellbeing, education and employability and participation and community engagement.

In 2019 the EFL Trust invested over £19 million in our network and employs 62 members of staff who work across the country supporting the 72 community organisations in delivering innovative projects and programmes.

The EFL Trust is now looking to appoint a Chair to lead the Board and support the Chief Executive Officer in providing strategic direction that will allow the EFL Trust to build upon and strengthen its reputation as a trusted partner and key influencer on behalf of our national network of CCOs.

The EFL Trust has made a commitment to improve the diversity and inclusivity of our Board, staff and beneficiaries. As Chair you will play a lead role in driving forward these objectives. You will be an exceptional, experienced leader who is resilient and flexible, with the ability to manage and challenge the Board in a positive way.

The Board comprises of 12 trustees; 4 trustees nominated by EFL, 4 trustees representing EFL, The Football Association (FA), The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and The Premier League plus 4 independent trustees.

The successful candidate will be required to spend a minimum of 12 days per annum on work for the EFL Trust, including Board Meetings, the AGM, an annual Board away day and at least 4 Board subcommittee meetings per year.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Jim Lord to arrange a call back at

For the candidate information pack and application form please follow the links for EFL Trust and EFL job sites:

NB: Applications from head-hunters and/or agencies will not be considered for this position.

The EFL Trust is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse Board of Trustees and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and those from an ethnic minority background.

All suitably experienced applicants will receive consideration for these positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regard to pregnancy or maternity.

EFL Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adults at risk and require all employees to share this commitment and promote the welfare of these groups.

Applicants will be asked about any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands, including those that are considered 'spent' as defined by the Rehabilitation Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amended 2013). Appointment to this role is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check (with children's barred list check) and references.

CLOSING DATE: 14th April (12pm noon) 2021

Stage one interviews: 22nd and 23rd April 2021

Stage two interviews: TBC

Announcement: Mon 17 May 2021

Interviews will be held virtually

Supporting Documents:

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