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Director job with THE DULVERTON TRUST



The Dulverton Trust was founded in 1949 by Sir Gilbert Alan Hamilton Wills, the 1st Lord Dulverton. Lord Dulverton’s own fortune had come mainly through the family’s business W.D. & H.O. Wills Tobacco.

Over the years, the endowment has been invested. It has also been added to by other members of the Wills family. This has allowed it to grow to over £100m while donating over £120m to much needed charitable causes. The Trust’s grant making budget is currently around £3.5m per annum. No fundraising is undertaken although the Trust has from time to time partnered with other funders and made grants on their behalf, which has added considerably to the grants budget. Trustees are open to doing this again.

As a family foundation, the Trustees include members of the Founder’s family as well as a number of other individuals with wide experience of the areas and activities supported by the Trust. The staff team comprises five people (3.4 FTE) independent of the family.

Although much about the Trust is traditional, we have a significant history of supporting innovative collaborations and practice. We were one of the first UK foundations to publish all our giving data on the 360Giving platform and recently delivered a programme, led by our Head of Grants, which delegated £600k to a youth advisory panel to disburse. We regularly partner with other foundations on strategic funding initiatives.

Our Director will lead the Trust – managing current relationships and suggesting new partnerships and strategies subject to board approval.

We are looking for a Director who has either done a similar role to this before or one who comes from a different sector and is interested in bringing their skillset into the ‘third sector’.

For more information, please visit our website at

If you would like to speak to someone ahead of applying, we have retained Jake Hayman as a recruitment consultant to help manage the process and answer candidate queries. You can contact him via our recruitment email address:


You can find the Recruitment Pack in the supporting documents below with details on how to apply. The closing date for applications is 5pm on March 20th 2024.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we may close the application window earlier if we feel we have enough high-quality applicants to take to interview.

Screening calls will take place as applications are received. First round interviews will take place on March 27th in our London offices. Second round interviews will follow. Should you incur travel costs or have caring responsibilities that have to be covered for you to attend an interview, we will be happy to pay for these.

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