We’re looking for trustees with expertise in the criminal justice system

About us – the Irene Taylor Trust: Creating Music. Transforming Futures.

Creating original music collaboratively can have a powerful impact on people’s lives, bringing them new confidence, important transferrable skills and raised aspirations for the future. Our programmes, Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks, support people of all ages in prisons, former prisoners rebuilding their lives on release and NEET (not in Employment, Education or Training) young people. We have a measurable impact on recidivism, helping people into training and jobs, and on enhancing wellbeing. We work with around 600 participants per year.

About the roles and about you  

We are currently looking for two new Trustees who work, or have worked, at senior levels in the criminal justice system, to join our welcoming and productive board.

We are looking for one Trustee with:

  • Experience of working in custodial settings such as a Governor, Deputy Governor, Head of Learning and Skills or an Education Manager

And another Trustee with:

  • Experience of working in community settings such as a Youth Offending Team Head of Service or Team Manager, or a Probation Officer in a senior role

What we would welcome most is your professional knowledge, advice and ability to help us to navigate and network in the world of criminal justice. We have substantial experience of engaging with participants and we know our way around the criminal justice system as it relates to our current work. We are looking for support from a broader viewpoint. We would welcome people who can act as a sounding board and generator of new ways forward and who can alert us to changes and to funding, partnership and working opportunities (and threats).

We would particularly welcome applications from those from BAME backgrounds.

Previous board experience is not required – an induction will be provided

Trustee recruitment & induction pack 

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it is doing what it was set up to do. Our newly created Advisory Board will also provide insight and guidance to the Trustees directly from our service users.

We have put together a pack with useful information about us, the role, time commitment and responsibilities of becoming a Trustee, which you can read here: Trustees recruitment and induction pack

How to apply

Please send a CV and a covering letter to info@irenetaylortrust.com telling us about yourself, why you would like to become involved and how you would like to contribute, bearing in mind the above.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, one of the Trustees of would be delighted to talk to you to tell you more about our work, the organisation and the role. Please forward your contact details to info@irenetaylortrust.com to arrange this.


The closing date for applications is 14/05/21. Interviews will take place online.

Thanks for your interest in becoming a Trustee.

Celebrating 25 years of the Irene Taylor Trust 

In November 2020 we reached an important milestone, our 25th anniversary. Watch our celebration show below:

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