People and Culture Trustee - Breadwinners - Supporting Young Refugees

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Recruiting Organization: Breadwinners

Job title: People and Culture Trustee - London & Brighton

Reporting to: Board of Trustees and Managing Director

Remuneration: £0 (Pro-Bono, Volunteering role)

Duration: 2 years, with a potential further 3 terms extension as per the board of Trustee's Decision.

Location: London and Brighton, several central areas and expanding reach. Coworking Office Space in Brixton.

Commitment and Work Style: 2 years, approx 8hrs per Quarter, 5 meetings per year. Both F2F and online meetings.

Start: September 2024 / Apply ASAP as we interview and recruit as applications come, no more applications will be taken after 25th July 2024

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We are looking for the next trustee to join our board and help lead the strategy, developing the core team to continue growing our support for young refugees across the UK.

About Breadwinners

Breadwinners is set up to tackle unemployment and poor well-being by providing young refugees and people seeking asylum with their first work experience in the UK, training and personal mentors so that they can start and progress in their careers. We achieve this goal through three consecutive programmes, using our award-winning bread stalls in markets across London and Brighton and wholesale for socially-minded cafes and restaurants

  1. Risers programme: A two-month early intervention programme designed to provide structured work experience, training, and mentorship to newly arrived young people seeking asylum through our 18 stalls.
  2. Breadwinners programme: The follow-up programme for refugees with the right to work, which involves working as a market stall manager for six months and earning the UK living wage.
  3. Proofers programme: A progression programme that entails working remotely as part-time online sales representatives for six months, managing our wholesale delivery model.

Over the last six years, we have supported over 498 refugees and young people seeking asylum through our programmes, with 93% of our participants reporting significant improvement in their well-being. Furthermore, 88% of our Breadwinners programme participants have secured further employment after completion.

You will be working with the Managing Director, Core team and Board of Trustees and volunteers to create and improve processes and a culture of work that safeguards the Breadwinners community. You will have the chance to see the impact your work has, meet and support amazing young people who deserve better opportunities, and work together on the strategy of Breadwinners. Please apply as soon as possible, by submitting your cover letter and CV to Please use "BW - People and Culture Trustee" as the email subject. We will arrange interviews for great applications as they come in. No more applications will be taken after the 25th of July 2024

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage applications from those with lived experience of migration, and from diverse applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital/civil partnership status, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or pregnancy/maternity leave status.

We welcome informal chats about the role - please call Martin Cosarinsky Campos on 07783996918.

Becoming a Trustee

The Breadwinners Foundation Board of Trustees work together to ensure the charity is run properly and has the biggest possible impact. As a trustee, you will have the opportunity to support Breadwinner's strategic development, make decisions about what the charity will do, and oversee its finances. Breadwinners is a young and small charity, so your expertise will make a real impact on how the charity grows, and the people we support.

Breadwinners Foundation is growing and as we do, we want to ensure that our Board is equipped to support our staff and beneficiaries. This role is for a passionate and expert People and Culture Trustee. At Breadwinners, we care deeply for the wellbeing of everyone and we have a culture where all employees, volunteers and all associated with our work are expected and supported to adhere to good practice. The specific purpose of this role is to promote best-in-class practices that support the well-being of the Breadwinners Community, starting from the Board and the Managing Director to the core team, young people and volunteers, ensuring that our policies and procedures create a safe and caring environment for all engaged with our work and are as efficient and effective as possible.

Ideal candidates attributes

  • Passionate about supporting refugees and young people seeking asylum
  • Knowledge of People and Culture
  • Ability to work with teams and support people development
  • Self-starter with commitment, motivation and drive to upskill as needed to support the charity
  • Background as a senior HR professional, with a proven track record of success at an operational and strategic level.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector and governance requirements
  • A thorough understanding of HR policy and practice
  • Understanding of the impact of the external environment on the staff and volunteer team

Your role

  • Develop and implement strategies to attract, retain, and support staff in line with the charity's mission.
  • Oversee HR functions including recruitment, training, performance management, and staff rewards, ensuring staff well-being is prioritised.
  • Cultivate a positive and inclusive organisational culture that values staff health, happiness, and recognition.
  • Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations, promoting fair treatment of all staff.
  • Monitor and report on staff well-being metrics, advocating for initiatives that support physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • Provide guidance on leadership development and succession planning to nurture staff growth.
  • Facilitate the development and training of the core team, fostering skill-building and career advancement opportunities.
  • Implement reward and recognition programs to acknowledge and celebrate staff contributions.
  • Stay informed on HR best practices to continuously enhance staff experience and organisational effectiveness.


  • Available to dedicate at least 8 hrs per quarter to Breadwinner's work.
  • Available to attend Trustee board meetings on weekday afternoons 5 times a year.
  • Available to support Quarterly Team Wellbeing sessions.
  • Committed to a 2-year term on the Board.


  • Data Protection Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Staff Privacy Policy

  • BW - Handling allegations procedure
  • BW - Safeguarding Children Policy
  • BW - Safeguarding Children Procedure
  • BW - Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • BW - Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Procedure

  • BW Modern Slavery - Unions Commitment
  • BW - Modern Slavery Act - Objectives & Plans 2023
  • Assessing and Managing Risk of Modern Slavery
  • BW - EDI Policy and Commitment
  • BW - SAFEGUARDING Risk Assessment / Online Delivery

Our trustee's board

Our board of trustees plays a crucial role in enhancing the impact and long-term sustainability of our charity. Each trustee is carefully recruited for their specific expertise and experience, from finance to charity, bakery and lived experience of the issues we tackle, contributing to the overall effectiveness of our organisation. Their collective guidance and strategic oversight contribute to the success and long-term sustainability of our charity.

Baneta Yelda is our Refugee Employment Trustee. She is the co-owner of Companio Bakery in Manchester and is an Assyrian Iraqi who arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2014.

Our Treasurer Tim Stoller, is a Strategy and Commercial Director Consultant bringing extensive experience in the charity and for-profit sectors.

Harry George is our Business Development Trustee. Harry George opened his first coffee shop at 21 and now works for SEND Coffee.

Tracey Hamer, our safeguarding Trustee is the Safeguarding Policy and Practice Manager at Refugee Action and has in-depth experience working with our beneficiary group.

Our Comms and Marketing Trustee Kate Sanger, is the Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Anneka de Silva is our Fundraising Trustee. She brings over 12 years of experience in international development and fundraising and is Head of Business Development

The Chair, John Lister, is the Founder of Shipton Mill, Celtic Bakery and several restaurants in London, and provides invaluable advice and in-depth knowledge and networks in the bakery sector.

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