Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East London
Salary: 0 - 200000
Reference: J72343
Contact Name: Rachel Ord
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 14, 2021 15:32

Job Description

Age UK East London is a vibrant and independent charity providing vital support and care for vulnerable older people in East London. We have over 120 staff and 200 volunteers committed to providing professional care in over 30 projects in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

We are committed to working with our partners including local housing associations, the CCGs, the NHS and in the respective Local Authorities as well as our other third party partners.

We are looking for people who are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London.

We are looking for people who are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and isolated older people across East London. Board members would have a passion for developing our staff and the services we offer our beneficiaries to have a positive impact on their lives.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are looking for trustees who offer a range of skills and life experiences, appropriate to the work that we do. If you haven’t been a trustee our induction, and our Trustee Board members will help you to learn the ropes.

Role summary

The Board is responsible for the smooth-running of the organisation and supporting the Chief Executive. You will be supporting our 60 members of staff and part of our 100 strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about how to tackle the challenges that our beneficiaries face, and how to deliver appropriate co-produced services that enrich older people’s lives and enhance the whole community of East London.

Person specification

Running a healthy and successful charity requires a strong Board that offers leadership and challenge in a collegiate and positive way and has our beneficiaries at the core of everything they do. The Board has a strong emphasis on managing risk, in particular financial controls and safeguarding for both our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

A blend of the following skills and experience would be beneficial:

  • a commitment to the mission and values of AUEL
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of AUEKL

We are particularly looking to recruit trustees with legal expertise, experience in a clinical setting and a trustee with experience of charitable accounting.


The Board meets on alternate months on the last Wednesday from 6.00 – 8.00pm in East London. Board members may be asked to commit additional time to support staff recruitment, review tenders and share expertise. 

Board members with finance experience may also join the Finance Sub Committee, subject to approval by the Board. This meets on alternate months.

Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

How to apply

To apply, send a CV and covering letter via Reach Volunteering. Trustees will be required to first complete an induction to the organisation and the Board. This would include site visits and meetings with the CEO, Senior Management Team, Chair and Board members.