Board Observer for Hatch Enterprise

Board Observer for Hatch Enterprise

Hatch Enterprise is seeking a Board Observer to join its board. We want Hatch to become more representative and give a voice to the entrepreneurs who we are working with,at board level.

This is an opportunity to engage with a dynamic team of trustees and senior executive team and to support programmes for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who make a real difference in addressing social and environmental challenges.

We want Board Observers to become an important part of the governance processes at Hatch – by acting as a means of communication between the board of trustees and key stakeholders, our entrepreneurs and by reflecting the views of the people they represent.

Hatch is looking for Board Observers from diverse backgrounds. You might come from a BAME, female leaders, disability or other diverse backgrounds, or have an understanding of the challenges that these entrepreneurs face.


We are one of the leading enterprise charities in the UK and we have grown 20% year on year through increased support from our partners, supporters and funders. Hatch works with 200 – 400 female founders and social entrepreneurs each year to grow smart ideas into successful businesses. Since 2014, we’ve worked with over 2000 entrepreneurs and we have built one of the most inclusive and holistic enterprise support eco-systems in London.

In addition to our award-winning incubator and accelerator programmes, we are launching our first impact investment fund in 2020. This is a new activity for Hatch that is strategically aligned to our work to support more diverse founders and social entrepreneurs, who struggle to get the right support and finance to grow their businesses.

Our London Changemaker Fund will invest in diverse entrepreneurs building smart solutions to social and environmental challenges, addressing at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Role

We are looking for an entrepreneur who has been through one of our programmes to join the Board of Trustees as a Board Observer.We are keen to make our board more representative and as a first step, would like to invite a Hatch Alumni to become a Board Observer. As a Board Observer, you will be able to contribute to shaping the strategic direction of Hatch. This role is initially for 6 – 12 months.

We are looking for Board Observers also with an intention of building-up our pool of trustees over the coming years. There is an opportunity to join as a full trustee over time, but being a Board Observer is not a pre-requisite. As a Board Observer, we share with you our board decks, management accounts and papers relevant for the ongoing management of the charity.

Observers are welcome to:

  • Contribute to the discussion at Board meetings
  • Suggest items for the Board agenda
  • Be involved in actions arising from the Board meeting
  • Attend all 4 – 6 board meetings a year (we would require at 75% attendance in person)

Observers are unable to:

  • Attend confidential parts of the Board meeting, unless specifically asked to do so by the Chair
  • Vote on any resolutions of the Board

About You:

You have a good professional track record and interest in entrepreneurship and either have run or are running a business.

You’ve been through one of our enterprise programmes already (Launchpad, Incubator, Accelerator) and want to share your insights and ideas on a strategic level with Hatch’s trustees and senior management.

You are self-motivated, want to engage actively on behalf of the charity and you can contribute to shaping Hatch’s business model.


  • Empathy and alignment with the charitable objectives of the organisation
  • Ability to think strategically and contribute to our decision-making
  • Energy and commitment to help Hatch develop its ambitious plans for growth
  • Ability to connect with others and be oriented toward the truth
  • Time to dedicate to this role, regularly attending the 4 – 6 Board meetings

Desirable (some of):

  • Understanding of the charitable, social enterprise, B-corp or profit with purpose sector


Please email Dirk Bischof (CEO) a current CV and supporting statement, detailing how you meet the criteria for this role and why you are the right person for Hatch Enterprise.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dirk Bischof (CEO) via email or on LinkedIn