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Alcohol Change UK
Hybrid with some meeting attendance in London, UK
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Finance & Legal, Trustees & Chair
Health & Medical
Part Time
Contract Type
Board / C-Suite

Job Details

Time commitment

We estimate the minimum time commitment to be 45 hours per year, as follows:

  • Prepare for (4 x 2 hr) and attend (4 x 3 hr) board meetings per year = 20 hours
  • Prepare for (4 x 45m) and attend (4 x 1½ hr) sub-committee meetings per year = 9 hours
  • Attend one annual board away day = 8 hours
  • Other ad hoc meetings, communications (e.g. emails on specific issues) and events (e.g. parliamentary events) = 8 hours

Full board meetings and away days are usually held face-to-face in London although remote access by video conference is always available.

Sub-committee meetings are usually held by video conference. Sub-committee meetings are usually scheduled for 1½ hours and some do take that long, but many complete within 1 hour. Some trustees choose to join more than one sub-committee: add an extra 9 hours per sub-committee to the total estimated time commitment.

For the Treasurer role, we expect some additional time commitment of up to 16 hours, for liaising with the auditors and additional scrutiny of our Annual Report & Accounts.


Who we are looking for

In many ways, charity trusteeship is like being a member of a jury. You’re not expected to be an expert in alcohol harm. You are also not expected to represent a particular interest or position. You’ll receive clear, well-presented information to help you make reasonable decisions. You do need to be fair-minded, be open to listening to the views of others, give your perspective and help to make decisions. All charity trustees make decisions collectively (once a decision is made, we all get behind it whatever we thought of it before the decision) and usually at Alcohol Change UK we make try to make decisions by consensus rather than by compromise or vote. You should also be interested in learning and developing, as you are likely to be exposed to new knowledge.

We do not require previous experience of being a charity trustee. Everyone starts somewhere. We always welcome applications from candidates with first hand experience of alcohol harm; and many of our current trustees have that experience.

Alcohol Change UK has a skilled and professional staff team. Nonetheless, it is always helpful to have a range of skills, knowledge, experience and connections on the board. In this recruitment round we are particularly looking to add additional knowledge, skills, experience and connections in:

  • charity finances, who will act as Treasurer
  • influencing central Government (Westminster).

Alcohol harm affects everyone in society, but it doesn’t affect everyone the same, so it is essential that our board has a good diversity of perspectives. We particularly welcome applications from people from working class backgrounds and minoritised racial communities*.

  • Our approach to trustee recruitment is consistent with Government guidance on the careful and lawful use of positive action (

Trustees’ Role Description and Person Specification

Being a Trustee of Alcohol Change UK

Our Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the UK’s leading charity in the field of alcohol harm. We are a registered charity (No. 1140287) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 07462605). Our trustees are also members of the charity and directors of the company. Governance is in accordance with both charity and company law. This role description uses the term ‘trustee’ to refer to all three roles (trustee, member, director).

As well as overseeing proper governance, the Board is responsible for strategic decision-making, upholding the reputation of the charity and ensuring that it delivers on its charitable object to reduce alcohol harm. As a trustee you will share this collective responsibility and bring your personal skills, experience and connections to bear.

This is an exciting time for the charity as we are in the first year of our newly approved five-year strategy from Apr 2024 to Mar 2029. Our new trustees will play a key role in helping us deliver on this strategy.

The Duties and Responsibilities of Trustees

Governing Documents

Our primary governing document is the Memorandum and Articles of Association which sets out the formal duties and responsibilities of the trustees, directors and members. It is complemented by our Scheme of Delegation. We have also adopted the Code of Good Governance, and remain compliant with the rules of the Charity Commissioners and Companies House.

General Duties and Responsibilities

The following are general duties, based on documentation from the Charity Commission and Companies House:

  • To act in the interests of the charity’s objects – that is, its cause and its beneficiaries.
  • To act reasonably and prudently in all matters.
  • To avoid personal views and prejudices affecting your decision-making.
  • To protect – and actively promote – the property, interests and reputation of the charity.
  • To set the strategic direction, provide strategic oversight, and make critical decisions.
  • To always make decisions collectively as a board and in particular to actively support all board decisions (that are made in accordance with the charity’s constitution) regardless of your personal position on such decisions.
  • To understand how the charity works, including being fully aware of the charity’s general risks and its financial position.
  • To ensure compliance with all statutory requirements as set out by Companies House and the Charity Commission and by other relevant statutory bodies and legislation.
  • To challenge and support the CEO and, through them, the broader staff team.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

The following additional duties and responsibilities have been adopted by Alcohol Change UK:

  • To abide by Alcohol Change UK’s policies, such as those on equal opportunities, health and safety, safeguarding, code of conduct, conflicts of interest, GDPR, etc.
  • To endeavour to achieve at least 75% attendance at Board meetings. In accordance with the governing documents, trustees missing three consecutive board meetings without reasonable cause will normally be asked to step down.
  • To undertake training as required and to participate in an annual development appraisal.
  • To join at least one of the charity’s four sub-committees.
  • To represent Alcohol Change UK at events and to act as a positive ambassador for Alcohol Change UK amongst its key audiences.
  • To understand and respect the boundary between governance and the operational matters that are delegated to the staff team.
  • To respond to Alcohol Change UK correspondence in a timely manner.

Extra Duties of the Treasurer

  • Chairing the Finance Audit Investment and Risk sub-committee.
  • Advising the CEO and board on financial strategy and risk.
  • Supporting the CEO and finance staff on financial matters, for example by advising the staff team on the production of budgets, management accounts and other financial information to ensure they are as useful to the board as possible.
  • Providing substantive input to the Trustees’ Annual Report & Accounts.
  • Having a direct line of communication with the auditors.

Person Specification

All trustees need the following:

  • Strong commitment to the vision, values and mission of Alcohol Change UK.
  • An ability to think strategically; that is, thinking of the big picture and the long-term, being impact-focused, and considering the relationship between internal and external factors.
  • An ability to work as part of a team, especially understanding and respecting the nature of collective decision-making.
  • Excellent communications skills, especially active listening, succinctness, clarity, positivity and tact.
  • Commitment to the 7 Nolan Principles on Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • A willingness to contribute your individual skills, knowledge and experience without acting as representative of any particular interest.

In addition, the Treasurer needs the following:

  • Knowledge of charity finances including some or all of: fundraising and income generation, reserves policies, and charity investments.
  • Knowledge of the charity audit process and the process of producing the Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts.
  • Knowledge of strategic risk management in charities.
  • The ability to communicate complex financial matters, and their implications, to other trustees who have less expertise in financial matters.
  • The ability to provide advice to finance staff without stepping into a line management role.
  • A good understanding of the nature of collective responsibility of trustee boards, including the ability to avoid being drawn, as Treasurer, into having undue influence over financial decisions that are properly the remit of the full board.

Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three or four years, following which they may be re-elected for a second and third term of three years.

Trustee roles are unremunerated but reasonable travel, accommodation, childcare and subsistence expenses are of course covered.


You cannot be a trustee of Alcohol Change UK if you:

  • are under 18 years of age
  • are incapable of managing and administering your own affairs;
  • have an unspent conviction relating to any offence involving deception or dishonesty;
  • are an undischarged bankrupt or have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, their creditors (ignore if discharged from such an arrangement);
  • are subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or an Order made under section 429(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986;
  • have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by an Order made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement or are subject to an Order under section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990, preventing you from being concerned in the management or control of any relevant organisation or body.



Making a difference - Susan's Story

"We help organisations and practitioners across the UK to improve their policies and practices in supporting people with alcohol problems"

What we do

We focus entirely on reducing alcohol harm, working across the whole range of serious alcohol harms, from mental and physical to societal and economic. Driven by our vision of a world with no serious alcohol harm, we work to create five evidence-based changes.

Improved Knowledge

The more we all know about alcohol harm, the better we can reduce it. We want alcohol-related policy and practice to be developed on the basis of robust research evidence; new ideas about alcohol harm reduction created, tested and shared; and the knowledge base enriched by the experiences of those affected by alcohol harm.

Better policy and regulation

The right changes to laws and regulation can make a difference to millions of real lives. We want to see a policy environment that prioritises the reduction of alcohol harms in all their forms based on robust and reliable evidence.

Shifted cultural norms

We get people thinking and talking openly about alcohol to create more informed and balanced drinking cultures across the UK, with alcohol playing a less central role. Find out more.

Improved drinking behaviours

We work to help more people gain the motivation, confidence and ability to control their drinking, with less need for specialist support. 

More and better support and treatment

We work with organisations and practitioners on the treatment frontline to help build a vibrant and diverse treatment sector that is effective, properly funded, well commissioned and coordinated, and easy for people with drinking problems and their families to navigate.

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27 Swinton Street
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