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Financial Trustee, Iolanthe Midwifery Trust (Voluntary role)

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust is a registered charity that aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, parents, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research.

Due to long-serving trustees taking up new opportunities we are now recruiting for a Financial Trustee to support the future development of the charity. 

Although the Charity has been in existence since 1983, we have recently become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and are moving forward as an inclusive, responsive and dynamic charity for midwives and student midwives. Knowledge and experience of midwifery care and maternity provision (which may be as a service-user) will be of great advantage to the trustee role. 

The main responsibilities of a trustee for the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust are to:

  • Support the activities of the Trust and support the Chair of Trustees

  • Comply with duties as per the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust constitution

  • Ensure the charity is well governed according to the requirements of the Charity Commission

  • Support the annual awards process and the Awards Ceremony

  • Attend meetings and take part in the work of the charity as required

  • Hold responsibility for managing the charity’s financial affairs alongside the Chair of Trustees, the Financial Trustee, the Executive Director and the auditors 

In addition, the Financial Trustee will be responsible for:

  • Managing the charity’s financial affairs and preparing the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust’s financial statements on an annual basis, working with the Chair of Trustees, the charity’s auditors, bank, Executive Director and Finance Officer.

You will be supported by a recently appointed Executive Director (part-time), Administrator (part-time) and a Finance Officer (ad-hoc).  As a UK-wide organisation the work of trustees will be largely home-based (including video conferencing), but face-to-face meetings may be required several times a year. 

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust welcomes trustee candidates from a diverse background and from historically excluded communities. We recognise that candidates may have disabilities and health challenges, both visible and invisible, and we will make necessary reasonable adjustments to provide a safe and supportive culture. 

We welcome applications from individuals who have not previously held trustee roles but who are passionate about improving maternity care for mothers, parents, babies and their families. To find out more about the work of the trust please visit To learn more about what it means to be a trustee please see some of the trustee stories available at

Please follow the link to the recruitment pack. We will be inviting applications via a curriculum vitae and supporting statement, followed by a panel interview with trustees. If you have any questions please contact to arrange an informal discussion about the role.  

Applications should be sent via email to stating ‘Financial Trustee’ in the subject line of the email and in the file name of any attached documents.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 8th December. We aim to interview for the role in December 2021 or early in 2022.  Interviews will be held via online video conference.