Become a Trustee

Become a Trustee or join us as a Committee Member, and help inspire future generations

Information Evening on Wednesday 2nd May at 6pm at Bedford Academy.

To register your interest in attending this event, please click here.  A member of our team will then be in touch with you.  Alternatively, please call Clare Keir on 01234 369533.

The Harpur Trust has been inspiring and supporting people within Bedford Borough for over 450 years. Over the past ten years we’ve awarded more than £11 million pounds in grants to the local community and educated thousands of pupils at our four schools. We are a proud sponsor of The HEART Academies Trust and we are the town’s third largest employer with over 1,100 staff.

None of this would be possible without the wise advice and guidance of a dedicated team of volunteers; our Trustees and Committee Members. Our Board is made up of 25 Trustees who are legally responsible for all the Trust’s activities.  They are supported by a similar number of Co-opted Committee Members who don’t share the same legal responsibilities as Trustees but provide additional expertise on school and other committees. We are now looking for potential Trustees and Co-opted Committee members to help us provide strategic leadership for the Trust now and in the future.

What does a being a Trustee involve?

It’s not something to undertake lightly, as there is a substantial time commitment – Trustees attend a minimum of nine formal, daytime meetings a year and take part in a range of additional events and meetings. Co-opted Committee members will generally have a lighter workload, depending on the committee which they are assigned to.

However, they are supported and advised by a team of dedicated paid officers, led by Chief Executive David Russell. Many Trustees begin their involvement with us as Co-opted Committee members, who are chosen for their specialist skills in particular areas but don’t share the Trustees’ legal responsibilities or attend as many meetings.

So who can apply?

Our employees can’t be elected as Trustees, but we are interested in hearing from people from all sections of the wider community. Most of our Trustees and Committee Members live in and around Bedford Borough so have a comprehensive understanding of the area and a deep commitment to our vision of Bedford as a place where everyone has pride in their community and is inspired and supported in realising their potential.

We are looking for people with significant strategic experience in a range of disciplines, including:

  • finance
  • investment
  • human resources
  • health and social care (Particularly mental health)
  • all areas of marketing
  • education
  • estates management
  • IT
  • health and safety
  • risk management
  • charities (particularly grantmaking)

Hear from some of our current Trustees

“What I enjoy most about my role is working with my fellow Trustees and staff as a team and being resolutely focused in all our decisions and activity in delivering strong and effective education for our pupils to enhance their and the community’s life opportunities.”  Hanif Patel

“Being a Trustee for The Harpur Trust has enabled me to give something back and I am passionate about others having access to the same chances that were given to me as a former bursary recipient.” Tina Beddoes

“The best thing about being a Trustee is having the opportunity to continue to learn; whether it’s new legislation, trustee training or even just hearing about individual issues on a human scale”.  Shirley Jackson

Information Evening (booking required)

If you have the skills and commitment to help make a difference and would like to find out more and meet serving Trustees and Committee Members, come along to our Information Evening on Wednesday 2nd May at 6pm at Bedford Academy, Mile Road, Bedford, MK42 9TR (near the Bunyan Centre). 

 To reserve your place contact Clare Keir on 01234 369533 or complete our brief enquiry form.

Booking required by Friday 27th April.