Governance Trustee

London (Greater)
Voluntary, unpaid
11 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017
Human Rights
Evenings, Weekends

Passionate about Human Rights? Experienced in charity governance?

RightsInfo may have the opportunity for you.

Human Rights protect us from injustice. They make our society fairer and more equal. But human rights are under threat globally from apathy, populism and the rise in far-right political groups, compounded by fake news, and echo chambers. Within the UK the human rights system remains fragile. Understanding of and support for human rights is low. Our mission is to change that.

RightsInfo is the UK’s most exciting digital human rights charity. We build support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online human rights content. We are an innovative digital charity that uses engaging, accessible, beautifully presented and award winning online content such as infographics, stories, videos,  explainers and quizzes to communicate about human rights.

Having been a registered charity for just over a year, we are looking to expand our board with trustees who bring particular skills. We are currently looking to appoint a governance trustee (an unpaid voluntary role) - someone experienced who will take ownership of this vital responsibility on our board. If you have previous experience of developing and/or advising on governance best practice in small and medium sized charities and care about human rights, this is a brilliant opportunity for you to be involved in this dynamic charity. Experience or knowledge of charity finance is also desirable.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation/regulations
  • Assisting the Board in developing best practice in governance including the appropriate systems and mechanisms for oversight and scrutiny
  • Playing an active role in developing strategic business plan and monitoring the progress of the plan
  • Being an active champion of RightsInfo.

Qualities of a Governance Trustee

  • Extensive experience in the charitable or voluntary sector ideally as a trustee/chair of the board
  • Experience of charity law and governance
  • Experience in financial management
  • An understanding of the governance challenges facing small to medium sized charities
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication
  • Understanding of the human rights sector in the UK is desirable.  

Time Commitment

  • You will be required to commit around one day per month of your time, including six Trustee Board meetings a year (held in the evenings in London, can be attended by phone if necessary).



Please send a CV and a covering letter (max one page) explaining why you are interested in joining the board as a governance trustee (voluntary role) to before midnight on Sunday 24th September