Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - Independent Trustees

Job Title: Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - Independent Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: IWF - Trustees
Contact Name: Emma Harvey
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 29, 2019 12:44

Job Description

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Three Independent Trustees
Reasonable expenses will be paid

We’re looking for Trustees who want to be part of making the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the internet industry, and the European Commission. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally.

For 23 years we’ve given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 26 countries. We assess every report we receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, we make sure the image or video is removed. To do this effectively, we develop new technology and provide bespoke tools to our industry Members, which now number 148 and include Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

No child should suffer repeated abuse and victimisation. As a direct result of our work, child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK have reduced from 18% in 1996 to below 1% today.

Creating real change:
Our work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked after. We encourage others to play their part, whether it is reporting to us, funding us, or collaborating on the best technology and research.

The children in these pictures and videos are real. The suffering captured in this imagery and the knowledge that it could be shared can haunt a victim for life. That’s why it’s our mission to eliminate this material for good. And to show every child there is someone out there who cares enough to help.

Our future focus:
The future for IWF is full of ambition and change. We are in the process of developing our next five-year strategy to broaden our reach to the public, diversify our funding, develop campaigns to tackle the demand for child sexual abuse imagery, and respond to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper which brings greater regulation to the internet.

At this strategically important time, we wish to appoint three Independent Trustees who will help to shape IWF’s intent through ambitious, creative, independent, and informed thinking.

Trustees will join our deeply engaged and accomplished board, which provides constructive challenge and support to our highly capable senior management team. We are also looking for two of these trustees to join our Finance Committee.

We are looking for individuals with substantial strategic leadership experience. We are particularly looking for people with the following skillsets:

  • senior technical IT expertise, particularly in cyber security, ethical hacking or related areas (e.g. CISO, CTO, Head of Cyber Security etc);
  • senior legal expertise, ideally (though not essentially) focused on the internet, cyber security or communications;
  • senior financial leadership experience which could have been gained as a CFO, Finance Director or in a commercial leadership role, in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

However, we are also open to considering individuals with broader experience, in areas related to our work. Most importantly, the new Trustees will share IWF’s commitment to our vision of elimination of child sexual abuse images online.

Please visit the dedicated microsite for more information and to apply:

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners: Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or

Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 28th May 2019

IWF is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit.