Vacancy - Community Trust Director

Luton Town Community Trust have an exciting and unique opportunity

Please see the below job advert from Luton Town Community Trust.


Job title: Community Trust Director - Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

Reports to:
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Location: Luton Town FC Community Trust, Ely Way, Luton, LU4 9QN

Hours: 37.5 per week. This is a senior position, match days and occasional unsocial hours are a requisite of the role 

Salary: £48k - £56k (dependent on experience)

Key Relationships: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees, Community Trust Senior Management Team, CEO and Senior Executives at Luton Town Football Club, Premier League Charitable Fund, English Football League Trust, Government Departments, and Stakeholders across strategic areas of work 

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to lead a passionate and talented team based within a professional football club charity with an exciting outlook and solid foundations for growth.

We are looking to recruit a high calibre Community Trust Director who can show the commitment and inspiration required to lead our charity, motivate a diverse team, build influential relationships, and further develop our reputation locally and nationally. 

The Luton Town FC Community Trust is a registered charity proud to represent Luton Town Football Club in the local community. 

The Trustees are proud of the work that the charity does to improve the lives of local people in Bedfordshire. Covid has had a devastating effect on many lives, and we are determined to ensure that all future activity has huge benefits in rebuilding and reconnecting our communities.

Our 2021-24 Strategy - Rebuilding our Capacity and Reconnecting our Communities, sets an ambitious plan to extend and deepen our reach across the full diversity of communities in Luton and Beds. We are under no illusion of the scale of the challenges facing us, but we firmly believe we are uniquely placed to make a lasting positive difference to thousands of people through our health, education and social inclusion work. 

Our Mission
To improve lives through the power of football in Luton, Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire

Our Aims
We are committed to delivering high quality, accessible and truly inclusive opportunities to achieve our core strategic aims:
- Creating healthy habits for life
- Supporting our whole community
- Leading our recovery
- Empowering the next generation
- Evaluating impact

Our current Head of Trust, Kevin Thoburn, has been with us since the very start of the Trust, overseeing our growth from a two-person department to the six-figure turnover, professional sports and community development charity that we are today.

Under Kevin’s leadership, mirroring the Football Club’s recent success on the pitch, the Trust has enjoyed a period of growth, albeit one set back slightly by the events of the last two years.

With a strong, dedicated Board, a great team in place and a clear mission, we firmly believe the Trust is set for an exciting decade. However, to achieve our ambitious plans, we are looking to appoint an inspirational and strategic senior leader as our Community Trust Director, taking over from Kevin when he leaves us later this year to pursue other opportunities.
Working closely with the Board and the Trust’s three Senior Managers in particular, the Community Trust Director will have executive responsibility for governance, growth and financial sustainability of the charity. 

The Community Trust Director will be an inspirational leader both internally and externally, working to secure and cultivate diverse income streams and high-impact partnerships, whilst ensuring we continue to operate with excellent systems and processes which support our talented staff to do what they do best. 

As an ambassador for both the Community Trust and Football Club, the Community Trust Director will foster a positive culture, ensuring staff at all levels across the organisation are inspired and encouraged to succeed and develop in-role. 

The Trustees are looking for a high calibre Community Trust Director that can deliver and effectively communicate our vision, mission, and values clearly. We want someone who can make Luton Town FC Community Trust one of the leading and most respected CCOs in the country.

Above all else, the successful candidate will embody the values of the Community Trust, as well as mirroring those of the Football Club, driving our mission to improve lives in a way that leaves a positive legacy for decades to come.

You will be comfortable managing executive and non-executive board level meetings, with the ability to influence and establish credibility as a trusted leader across all our networks. 

We will be particularly interested in candidates’ business development experience. How you have gained these key skills is less important, but we know that a strong track record in growing and developing an organisation will be a critical foundation for success in the role. 

The Trust has sound financial foundations which, along with our enviable track record, provides a fantastic base on which to grow our exciting work, but we are especially interested in candidates who can help us capitalise on new opportunities aligned to our strategy.

You will also need to be creative, take innovative approaches to solving problems and able to continually motivate and inspire all around you. 

At interview, we will ask you about relationships you have cultivated with related and/or associated parties. This might have been within a professional sporting environment or elsewhere, but demonstrable experience of this will be essential for us. 

Appointing a new leader to the Trust at this stage of our growth is one of the most important things we will do as a Board in the next decade, which is why we are pleased to have appointed Jim Lord of iWonder Group to help us through the process. 

We strongly recommend an informal discussion about the role (including the work and impact of Luton Town FC Community Trust, their strategic ambition, and the local area) with Jim before you apply. Please contact him to arrange a call back at 

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following: 
- A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence) and preferred contact details
- A supporting statement (or covering letter) of no more than two pages, which fully addresses the criteria in the job description and person specification
- Details of two referees who can speak authoritatively about you together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent
- Please also see the LTFC Community Trust Monitoring Form. We ask applicants to complete this form to assist us in checking that our recruitment methods conform to equal opportunity guidelines. Completing this form is voluntary, and the information will not be used as part of the shortlisting or selection process. Please return completed forms to

It is essential that your CV and supporting statement/covering letter highlight all the relevant experience that the selection panel will be looking for in the sift process. 

A full job description can be found at or by CLICKING HERE

Applications to be sent via email to:

Luton Town FC Community Trust Director - Recruitment Campaign Timeline

Role Advertised
4 April 2022

Closing Date
27 April 2022 at 12pm

4 May 2002
If you have not heard back by 6 May 2022, please assume that unfortunately your application has not been successful

Stage One – 17/18 May 2022
Stage Two (Board Panel Interview) – 25 May 2022
Subject to EFL Championship play offs

Announcement and Start Date

Recruitment Statement
Luton Town FC Community Trust strongly believe that we should operate to the highest standards of governance and transparency. We recognise the positive value of diversity and promote equality.  As part of this commitment, we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds, alongside those that wish to consider a less than full time role.

Safeguarding Statement 
This post falls within the scope of regulated activity and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check and are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exemptions) Act 1975. 

Equality Statement
Luton Town FC Community Trust is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Luton Town FC Community Trust is also committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable groups.