Farringdon, Central London
Unpaid. Reasonable expenses paid.
Closing date
12 Aug 2021

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Trustees & Chair
Part Time

Job Details

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We are recruiting for two volunteer Trustees to join the Board to help lead us as we deliver on our commitments. We are focusing on finding people with the following skills and experience:

  • Human Resources (with experience of safeguarding and diversity and inclusion work a distinct advantage),
  • Legal.

We are keen to receive applications from those with a proven ability to work at a strategic governance level, with the ability to ask probing questions and to hold management to account. Previous Board experience is not mandatory, but would be an advantage.

We ask that all applicants passionately support our mission to create a world where women live free from violence and poverty. In 2019, we launched our My Feminist Behaviours to implement Feminist Leadership Principles into our workplace, in order to work towards a positive and inclusive use of power, to create an organisation which is capable of changing the world. We are therefore looking for people enthusiastic to see this work taken forward and committed to our approach (though previous experience in feminist leadership is not a requirement).

We are keen to increase the diversity of our Board because people from a BAME background, who have a disability, or who identify as LGBTQI are currently under-represented on our Board and this is something we are committed to changing. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from candidates from these groups. We also place importance on ensuring that young people are represented on our Board and therefore we would still encourage you to apply if you are between 18 and 29 years of age.

Applicants must be in a position to commit the required amount of time to the role of Trustee. This includes attendance at four board meetings per year; in March, June, September and December, as well as several committee meetings per year plus preparation and advance reading for these.

The role is voluntary and therefore unpaid, but we do pay reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have the passion to work within an organisation committed to working with women and girls living in poverty to enable them to change their lives for good, we are keen to receive your application.

Interviews will be held virtually on:

  • Thursday 26 August 
  • Tuesday 31 August after 1pm
  • Wednesday 01 September all day
  • Thursday 09 September all day.

We are not able to offer any alternative interview dates due to the availability of our Trustees to take part in the interview panel. If you cannot make any of these dates should you be invited to interview we will endeavour to accomodate you although we would ask for you to be as flexible as possible.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Lucy Farrington on, or the role, please contact Victoria Skinner, Company Secretary, on


ActionAid is an international development charity which works in 45 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Founded in 1972, ActionAid is an international federation and has offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok and Washington DC, as well as London.

ActionAid UK is part of the international federation and almost all of the people and partners who run ActionAid programmes are from the developing world. This means its staff are on the ground, experiencing poverty at first hand. They see day-to-day how poverty affects people’s lives, and are uniquely placed to give a voice to the women and children who suffer most.

ActionAid’s work has several different components, unified by a commitment to place women and girls at the centre of its work. The charity aims to end hunger by giving millions of people in extreme poverty the skills they need to grow sustainable food, and campaigns to address the causes of hunger.

ActionAid also responds to emergencies and conflicts. It provided emergency assistance to more than 600,000 people in 2015 and trained nearly 46,000 others to protect lives and prepare for emergencies. In total the charity responded to 27 emergencies around the world last year.

Improving access to education is another facet of its mission. 59 million children, more than half of them girls, were out of school in 2013. ActionAid works with more than 5,000 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help over a millions girls and boys get the free, quality education they are entitled to.

Women’s rights and gender equality informs all of ActionAid’s activities. The charity works with communities against female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and forced early marriage.

ActionAid also campaigns for tax justice, fairer wages and more effective aid which can tackle the roots causes of poverty. It estimates that poorer countries lose around $200 billion a year from tax dodging by companies.

A variety of different roles are available at ActionAid including policy adviser, fundraising offer and HR manager. Employee benefits are plentiful, encompassing the opportunity to develop new skills, a pension scheme, childcare vouchers and free advice services.

ActionAid also supports selected UK employees to travel to host countries in order to gain first-hand experience of its in-country work. Frequent secondments, whereby employees work, for a period, in another department or different country in the federation, take place. The charity encourages job shares.

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