One or more Trustees are required for CEME, the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence.  CEME was established in 2023 as a registered charity with the objective of contributing to regeneration of the Thames Gateway region.  They are based in Rainham, East London.

Over 20 years, the organisation has morphed into a well-respected business campus providing premium quality flexible workspace, workshops and events space for training, conferences, and private hire. CEME remains a registered charity aspiring to make a difference to people’s lives for the better.

At the East London Campus CEME offer start up and early-stage growth companies high quality fully serviced office and technical workshop accommodation.  They work closely with their customers to provide networking and support activities to enable them to grow, faster than was thought possible.

So far CEME have helped over 100 SMEs access finance for growth, over 3,500 jobs created and over 500 engineering apprenticeships delivered.

CEME wants to help upskill the next generation of engineers, manufacturers and technicians.  They have collaborated with several partners including, Ford, London Borough of Havering, University College London and The Manufacturer Magazine.

Business Strategy

CEME strategic aims:

  • A catalyst for Economic Regeneration
  • An accelerator for green technology
  • Champion inclusive business growth


They are passionate about delivering an inspirational environment for learning and business growth.

Social Value

CEME will focus on skills development; increased higher level qualifications, apprenticeships, and trainees.  This will lead to increased employment, enterprise and skills opportunities accessed and secured by local people, particularly those who are underrepresented and from disadvantaged groups. Recent analysis shows the social return on investments is a ratio of around 4:1 meaning that £4 of social and economic value is created for every £1 invested.

Trustee Requirements

  • Passionate about and committed to supporting regeneration in East London and surrounding areas
  • Can actively contribute to CEME’s culture, vision, and strategy
  • Has knowledge of working in one of the following areas
    • economic regeneration + job creation
    • skills development + apprenticeships 
    • manufacturing and engineering
    • energy policy and links to industry


Trustees will be expected to attend 4 scheduled board meetings a year and perhaps 2/3 other informal meetings or events each year.

Applying for the role

Candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to apply for the role having first registered their CV with First Flight Non-Executive Directors (if they have not already done so – there is no charge) and then by using our “Apply for Role” tab for role no: 1190 and completing the application form explaining how you match the key criteria that we have set out for the role.

Closing date for applications: 9th February 2023

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