We are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to join the Mare and Foal Sanctuary as Trustees to help make a real difference to the lives of horses, ponies and people.

Being a trustee means you have one of the most important and inspiring roles within a charity. With the chief executive you help set the direction of the organisation and are ultimately responsible for ensuring it achieves its aims.

Welcome from Sarah Jane, Chief Executive

Our chief executive Sarah Jane Williamson has created an ambitious and visionary five year strategy to expand our work. She says:

“We’re looking for professional volunteers to support me in leading this often underestimated charity to make a real difference to horses, ponies and people.

“We’re known for our work to rescue horses and ponies that have been abandoned, neglected or abused. We’re less known for how we collaborate locally and nationally with the RSPCA and larger equine welfare charities, or how we provide alternative education and
training through equine assisted learning, therapeutic riding and outdoor learning in nature for children, young people, families
and adults with our horses and ponies.

“I hope that these new areas of development will appeal to a broader range of professional people who may now consider joining us to help develop our charity’s future.”

Current Trustee Vacancies

We are seeking trustees with the following specialist areas of expertise to join us as specialist, co-opted advisors to our Board, with a view to becoming future Trustees:

  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Marketing, public relations and digital transformation
  • Community engagement and development, health and social care, mainstream or alternative education and learning.
  • Academic research
  • Finance, accountancy or legal with an interest in strategy and governance

We would welcome hearing from you if:

  • you have skills and proven expertise in one of the above areas
  • you want to develop your strategic skills and gain valuable experience at Board level
  • you have good communication skills and would enjoy working as part of a close trustee board to extend your professional networks

These are voluntary roles, with expenses reimbursed. Board meetings take place during afternoons on alternate months. You may be able to agree time to attend as part of your professional development plan.

The benefits to you

The benefits of becoming a Trustee are not only in the interests of our charity. As an individual, it is an excellent personal development opportunity for you.

These are just some of the benefits:

  • Contributing your skills and expertise to a cause that is important to you
  • Playing a fundamental role in the strategic development of the organisation
  • Gaining valuable experience and learning new skills within a leadership role
  • Challenging yourself by applying your skills in a different environment•
  • Gaining non executive board experience
  • Learning from other Trustees and gaining new insights from seeing how others respond to situations and make

Where needed we will support you to negotiate time for your trustee work with your employers to align this voluntary work with your
professional development. We would request that you inform your employers prior to applying.

Our commitment

We are committed to developing a diverse board and wish to recruit Trustees from a wide range of backgrounds including young people, people from minority and ethnic communities and people with disabilities.

We are also embracing the evolution of home working because of the Coronavirus pandemic and welcome home based Trustees who can commit to at least one in person visit each year.

Download our Trustee Application Pack

Download our Trustee Application Form