Chair of the Board - Monte San Martino Trust

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Melissa Baxter

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The Organisation

Established in 1989 by the late Keith Killby and fellow Second World War veterans, Monte San Martino Trust (MSMT) stands as a lasting homage to the courageous Italians, especially those in rural communities, who aided Allied prisoners of war in escaping their confines after the 1943 Armistice.

Our commitment goes beyond the mere acknowledgment of gratitude. We grant bursaries in Britain to young Italians, some of whom are direct descendants or connected to those remarkable individuals who selflessly assisted Allied soldiers.

In 2013, MSMT embraced a broader purpose, extending its mission to educate the public about the experiences of Allied prisoners of war in Italy and the extraordinary bravery of those Italians who came to their aid. To this end The Trust organises commemorative events and partners with relevant institutions to fund research into this period.

Our ultimate aim is to ensure that the sacrifices and risks taken by countless Italians for the Allied soldiers are never forgotten.

The Role

The Chair of the Monte San Martino Trust plays a pivotal role in steering the organisation toward its mission of providing educational opportunities and preserving historical narratives. This leadership position involves overseeing the annual granting of bursaries to Italian students, fostering relationships with relevant institutions, and ensuring the Trust's commitment to honouring the contributions of Italians during Second World War.

The Person

As we seek a new Trust Chair, we are looking for a dedicated individual who shares our commitment to ensuring that the invaluable contributions and risks taken by Italians during WWII are never forgotten.

Skills & Experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience, preferably in a charitable or educational setting.
  • Strong understanding of the Trust's mission and a commitment to preserving historical legacies.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and financial management.
  • Tact, diplomacy, good judgement, emotional intelligence and powers of persuasion.


  • Relevant knowledge, particularly about Second World War in Italy 
  • Proficiency in the Italian language.

Further Information

For more information about the Monte San Martino Trust and the scope of the role, please download the Candidate Information.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity, please submit an application with the following:

  • An up-to-date CV with the details of two referees (we will not contact them without your prior permission)
  • A supporting statement, which addresses how you meet the criteria for the role and outlines your motivations for applying.

Please send your application to [email protected].

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Melissa Baxter (of Trustees Unlimited & Russam) on 07789 985229 / [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Friday 19th  April 2024