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Board Secretary

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£31,000-£35,000 pro rata
Closing date
3 Dec 2020
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Board Secretary

Part Time Contract

£31,000-£35,000 pro rata

London and Currently Remote

To provide professional and high quality support of the Board to help support Comic Relief’s governance framework and ensure the Board is efficient and effective in carrying out its duties to the Charity.


  • Provide best in class Board support and management, including:
  • Plan calendar for Board meetings, aligning with other Comic Relief Committees, including all physical and logistical arrangements
  • Prepare draft agendas based on annual requirements, previous minutes and organisational priorities
  • Dispatch agendas & papers in good time
  • Minute Board meetings and prepare accurate and succinct formal minutes
  • Ensure action points or decisions are communicated or followed up
  • Ongoing engagement with Board:
  • Maintain skills audit of Trustees to support succession planning
  • Induct new Trustees and manage appraisals
  • Engage Trustees through away days, newsletters and other activities
  • Track and enforce attendance and ensure all mandatory training is completed
  • Oversee Trustee engagement activities with the wider staff body
  • Support the Company Secretary and Executive Leadership Team in ensuring the Board is up to date and comfortable with the Governance and Assurance Framework and Code of Good Governance
  • Work closely with administrators of Comic Relief Committees and Advisory Groups that report into the Board, ensuring alignment on strategic issues and governance requirements.
  • Regularly review and update Board and Committee Terms of Reference and ensure responsibilities and duties contained within them are being carried out
  • Together with Assurance team, maintain a central database of all Comic Relief regulatory requirements:
  • Carry out regulatory filings and records (Companies House, Charity Commission etc.)

EDUCATION,SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE (all essential except as otherwise shown):

  • Experience of managing a large Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to carry out multiple tasks and work to tight deadlines in an organised manner.
  • Experience of senior stakeholder management and engagement.
  • Solid IT literacy in MS Office.
  • Experience of presenting complex issues and reports to meetings at Board level.


  • Effective relationship builder with strong emotional intelligence and political awareness to proactively work with and assimilate views of senior stakeholders and partners.
  • Decisive problem solver with high resilience and a positive and solution orientated approach.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high standards of document presentation.
  • Succinct, professional and considered communication style, both written and verbally, with a good understanding of the efficacy required for this role.

To apply please visit our website via the link.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 3rd Dec 2020 GMT (Europe/London)

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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