Independent Trustee

Join Candlelighters as an Independent Trustee and support families facing childhood cancer.

Our mission is to provide hope, support, and practical assistance to those navigating the challenges of childhood cancer. From emotional support to financial assistance, we strive to be a beacon of light for families in their darkest times.

Trustees play a vital role in ensuring Candlelighters achieves its core purpose by overseeing the overall management and administration of the charity. We are currently seeking an Independent Trustee to join our diverse and dedicated Board


Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD 

Time commitment

Trustee meetings are held quarterly in the evening (either in person or via Teams), with additional time required for preparation. We have an annual Hearts & Minds Workshop which is usually a full day in November. There are also opportunities to join sub-committees if you wish.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is made up of parents, medical staff and business individuals; each one bringing their own unique skills. We are now recruiting a new Independent Trustee to join the Board  

We welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.  We particularly want to recruit more women, young people and candidates from ethnic communities to increase the diversity across the board. 

We are seeking individuals with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising strategy and performance 
  • Business Development 
  • Law/Legal 
  • Health and Safety 

The Statutory Duties of a Trustee

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations 
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document 
  • To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are 
  • To contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets 
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation 
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation 
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation 
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds. 

Other Duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve: 

  • Scrutinising board papers.
  • Leading discussions.
  • Focusing on key issues.
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives.
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
  • Willingness and approachability to deal with enquiries from staff or trustees.
  • Ability to make recommendations based on sound advice. 

The role will be subject to a DBS check and a ‘Fit and Proper’ person’s declaration will be required. 

How to Apply

If you are passionate about making a difference and possess the skills and dedication to contribute to our cause, we want to hear from you!

Please find the full recruitment pack here.

Please email [email protected] to register your interest, and you will be sent an application form to complete.

Please get in touch with the HR and Volunteering Team if you have any questions about the role or application by emailing [email protected] or calling 0113 322 9283.