Magic Breakfast is one of the UK’s fastest growing charities, a passionate organisation with a mission, by 2020, of making sure that no child in the UK starts their school day hungry.

We are looking for a trustee with expertise in fundraising to join our board.


About Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast provides free, nutritious breakfasts to schoolchildren who would otherwise be too hungry to learn. A hungry child cannot concentrate so will miss out on half a day of lessons, every day, if not given anything to eat.

We form partnerships with schools where over 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, or where 50% of pupils are recorded as Ever 6 FSM, delivering healthy food and expert advice on the optimum way to reach every malnourished and vulnerable child. All this for 22p per child per day.

We work with 480 Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs schools, plus Pupil Referral Units, ensuring that over 23,500 children start their school day in the best possible way. Our partner schools are in most counties in England and we have plans shortly to expand to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Please visit our website for more information.


Safeguarding children

Magic Breakfast is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees to share this commitment. All trustees and staff are required to undertake a DBS check (previously CRB check).


The role of trustees

The Charities Act 1993 defines charity trustees as the people responsible under the charity's governing document for controlling the administration and management of the charity.

The duties of a trustee board member are to:

* Ensure that Magic Breakfast complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

* Ensure that Magic Breakfast pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.

* Ensure that Magic Breakfast applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects, i.e. it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be.

* Contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving strategic direction to Magic Breakfast, setting policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

* Safeguard the good name and values of Magic Breakfast.

* Ensure the financial stability of Magic Breakfast and ensure the proper investment of Magic Breakfast’s funds.

* Appoint and support the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance.

In addition to these general duties, the successful candidate will join the Fundraising Committee and contribute their relevant experience and skills. This will include:

* Contributing to the development of fundraising strategy

* Scrutinising board and committee papers and leading on monitoring of fundraising progress

* Advising on potential sources of funding


Time commitment

Trustees should be able to attend:

* A Breakfast Club visit, as part of our induction process

* Quarterly board meetings in central London (2 hours, 17.00-19.00)

* Quarterly fundraising committee meetings (2 hours, times vary)

* Half day strategy session (during office hours)

* Governance training session (between 2 and 4 hours, during office hours)

Meeting papers are sent out by email one week in advance and should be read prior to the meeting.


Person specification


* A commitment to the mission of Magic Breakfast

* Eligibility to act as a charity trustee (please see appendix)

* A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

* Integrity and a willingness to speak their mind

* Strategic vision

* Good, independent judgement

* An ability to think creatively

* An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

* An ability to work effectively as a member of a team


* Experience of successfully raising funds from diverse sources (e.g. corporate fundraising, individual donations including major gifts, trusts and foundations, lottery, sponsorship)

* Up-to-date knowledge of fundraising rules, regulations and best practice

* Strong understanding of the current fundraising landscape in the charity sector


To apply

For an informal chat about the role, please contact To apply, please send the following documents to

* Your CV

* A personal statement that outlines your suitability for this role, with reference to the role description and person specification

* Contact details for two referees, including your current or most recent employer. We will not contact referees without your permission.

Closing date

Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 6th April



Trustee eligibility

Section 72 of the Charities Act 1993 disqualifies people to act as Trustees who:

* have been convicted of any offence involving dishonesty or deception;

* have been adjudged bankrupt or sequestration of their estate has been awarded and (in either case) they have not been discharged;

* have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, their creditors and have not been discharged in respect of it;

* have been removed from the office of organisation trustee or trustee for a organisation by an order made by the Commissioners or by the High Court, on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the organisation for which they were responsible or to which they were privy, or which they by their conduct contributed to or facilitated;

* have been removed, under Section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 (powers of Court of Session to deal with management of charities), from being concerned in the management or control of any body;

* are subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order).