Chair of Trustees

Role: Chair of Trustees

Location: Remote with in-person Board meetings held in London.

Time Commitment: Three days per month on average.

Remuneration: This is an unremunerated role. All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Closing Date: Friday 12th January 2024

TACT is the UK’s largest dedicated fostering charity, with over 500 foster carers currently providing loving homes for over 600 children and young people across England, Scotland and Wales. We have annual income of £25million and 200 staff. 

Since we were founded in 1993, we have strived to offer excellent care for all our children entrusted to us and to instil positive change in the wider care system. We have also sought to innovate so we can improve the experiences of children and young people in the care system to transform outcomes for the better. 

TACT has continued to undertake a wide range of innovative work across the UK. We have recently added a health service to our successful education service, which is proving to be both a much-needed resource in improving educational outcomes for our children. We have also launched TACT Connect, initially with support from the Rank Foundation and now with a significant four-year Lottery grant. TACT Connect recognises that parenting never stops and we aim to stay in touch with all of the children we have cared for so that we can celebrate their successes and offer support when required. TACT Connect is a wholly unique service in the sector. We aim to remain at the leading edge of improving the UK care system. 

Underpinning all of this vital work are our excellent staff and, of course, our amazing and inspirational foster carers. They are caring for children and young people who are vulnerable, but also full of hopes, dreams, potential and joy. Good foster families provide safe and stable homes and help children fulfil their potential and enable them to lead happy and successful lives. 

This is an important and exciting time to be joining as Chair. Despite a challenging market, with continued cuts to local authority funding, we have remained in a strong financial position, generating a surplus for the past two years. We are now in a fortunate position to be able to further invest in growth and innovation for the years ahead, creating more, tailored services to better support our children and their families. We are therefore looking for a Chair who can build on our ambition by attracting a diverse range of skills and personal lived experiences to our Board through the appointment of new Trustees, and by providing critical challenge and oversight to our work. 

We are looking for an experienced and inspiring board member who brings an understanding of best-in-class governance and exceptional board development skills; a leader who can get the best out of teams but who can also hold people to account. You will likely have knowledge of Children’s Social Care, and an understanding of fostering and adoption services would be useful, although not essential. An ability to maintain financial resilience within a commissioned environment will be important though. 

We are all excited about the opportunity this appointment presents to lead our charity into the next phase of its journey, with our foster carers and children at the heart. We hope that you want to be part of it. In addition to welcoming applicants from all backgrounds, we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who bring personal experience as a carer.

How to Apply

Tall Roots is acting as an employment agency partner to TACT. Applications should be made online at and include: 

  • a CV 
  • covering letter (no more than two pages), explaining your motivation for applying for the role, along with how you meet the Knowledge & Experience section of the Person Specification. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 12th January 2024. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 19th January 2024. 

Preliminary interviews with Tall Roots will be held virtually during w/c 22nd January 2024. 

Informal stakeholder sessions (remote) and final panel interviews (in-person) with TACT will be held during w/c 5th February 2023. 

If you have any questions relating to the role or the process, or would like any adjustments made to accommodate your needs, please contact Mark Crowley at Tall Roots by email at [email protected].