Independent AAC member

Job Title: Independent AAC member
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: AAC
Contact Name: Sunita Heredia
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 30, 2021 14:58

Job Description

Role closes: 9 am BST on 10 May 2021

Location: London, UK


Forum for the Future is a leading global sustainability non-profit. For almost 25 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

Forum has four offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai.

Forum’s values: Courageous | Adaptive | Empathetic | Inquisitive | Playful | Respectful

Climate change, poverty, malnutrition, civic unrest: the world today is facing complex challenges because our fundamental systems are broken. We specialise in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems, from food to apparel, energy to shipping.

We do this by convening transformational collaborations to drive change, by partnering with organisations to help them lead by example, and by building a global community of pioneers and change makers.

Over the past five years Forum has seen significant shifts in its approach: transitioning from a UK-centric organisation to one that is truly international in its outlook; developing more diverse funding streams; and refining its theory of change to ensure it is driving greatest impact.


About the role

We are looking for an independent member of our Audit and Assurance Committee (AAC) who believes, as we do, that we need to accelerate the transformation to a regenerative and just future and who is keen to use their skills, experience and networks to help govern our organisation.

The independent member will provide additional skills to the AAC as well as enhance the independence through which the Committee discharges its responsibilities, as recommended by the Charity Commission. We are particularly looking for people who have experience in UK charity finance within an international context. This appointment could be an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain more experience in a governance oversight role and/or has more limited time at present than would be needed for a full board role.

At Forum for the Future we are committed to equality of opportunity and strive to create an inclusive and diverse working environment for all.  We therefore welcome applications from all sections of our diverse community.

Our independent AAC members, just as our trustees, act in a voluntary capacity and are expected to serve for a minimum of three years. Our Audit and Assurance Committee meets four or five times a year in our London offices or virtually. Meetings are generally held on a weekday afternoon and take up to three hours.


A word from the Treasurer, Fiona Thompson

Thank you for considering the role of Independent Member of Forum’s AAC. I first joined Forum six years ago because I wanted to be part of an organisation that promotes constructive solutions to sustainability challenges and I am proud of the work that Forum does to catalyse change and engage coalitions to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. The AAC is a great way to get an overview of all the activities of Forum, with its focus on strategic oversight of its finances, risk management and policies. It’s also been rewarding professionally for me learning more about charity governance and funding, and how board committees work. One of the key things I’ve seen is that committees work best when they encourage diverse views and I’m looking forward to enhancing this further through this recruitment.


To find out more about this role, please download and read the full role description.

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Application process

If you are interested in this role please submit a CV and a personal statement outlining why you are interested in this role and highlighting your relevant skills and experience to by 9am BST on 10 May 2021. Shortlisting and selection will take place in May with a view to making an appointment in June.