Job Title: Trustee
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Trustee-1
Contact Name: Rachel Lindley
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 01, 2021 11:44

Job Description

About Five Talents

The past 20 years have seen Five Talents International work with over 260,000 families across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, DR Congo, Myanmar, Bolivia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Peru. The UK charity has grown significantly over the last five years, with income reaching a record £929,000 in 2020. 

Currently, we work in eight countries through local partners and alongside the Anglican Church, and provide business and financial skills training to rural households, helping them to form community Savings Groups. Members learn how to save, build a safety net for the difficult times, manage cash flow, invest in productive assets and develop a profitable business for the future. Bound by trust, members pool their resources and make loans to one another from their own funds. It’s a hugely sustainable and empowering approach to development. 

Five Talents’ programmes have enabled entrepreneurs and their families to nurture thousands of businesses, eat better meals, improve their homes, access medicine when they need it and build stronger communities. With 83% of Savings Groups members being women, empowering women is a key outcome. We incorporate literacy and numeracy classes, training on healthy gender relations and, more recently, trauma counseling where it is required into our Savings Groups curricula. Groups have stood up against FGM, reformed in IDP camps, cared for orphans and vulnerable children, and supported each other and their whole community socially, economically and spiritually in times of crisis. You can read more about us on our website

Five Talents UK is a registered charity and company, and the Board of Trustees are also Directors of the Company, which is limited by guarantee. A copy of the governing documents and guidance on Trustee Roles and Responsibilities are made available to new Trustees as part of the Trustee induction. 

Five Talents UK is a member of Five Talents International (FTI), alongside Five Talents USA and Five Talents Kenya. FTI sets overall strategy and mission for Five Talents, and also has a Programme Quality sub-Committee to oversee and support the charity’s Savings Group programmes. The Country Offices in the USA, Kenya and UK are all independently registered entities and focus on fundraising within their own jurisdictions, as well as providing programme oversight and support. 

The UK Board has an Operations Group (sub-Committee) which handles Finance, Risk, HR and Operations issues. Some Board members also serve on the Five Talents International (FTI) Board or its Programme Quality Committee or other Working Groups. 

The Executive team consists of six dedicated staff who work out of a small office in central London / from home.

Purpose of Trustee Position

To provide leadership to the organisation in close co-operation with fellow Board Members and the Executive team, ensuring that all involved remain focused on achieving the Charity’s mission within its values and ethos. 

Principal Responsibilities

  • To be personally and visibly supportive of Five Talents’ Mission and Values.

  • To attend Board meetings regularly and if unable to attend, to provide comments / questions on the papers to the Chair and/or Staff as appropriate.

  • To contribute to setting the strategic direction and policies of the organisation, monitoring performance in meeting plans and key objectives. 

  • To serve on one or more additional working groups or sub-committees, as desired / invited. 

  • To ensure that the management staff team work effectively within a framework of clearly stated organisational strategies and policies. 

  • To ensure Five Talents complies at all times with its governing documents, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations

  • To ensure effective and appropriate risk management.

  • To ensure financial stewardship, regulatory compliance and good practice.

  • To promote strong relationships between Five Talents and partner / potential partner organisations. 

Personal characteristics / behaviours

All Trustees should be: 


  • Sympathetic to the Christian faith (Five Talents was founded by the Anglican Church and works closely with and through it. There is no requirement for Trustees to be practising Christians; Five Talents’ positions and programmes are open to people of all faith and none. But Trustees need to be sympathetic to the Christian faith and respectful of those who are motivated by it.)

  • Passionate about fighting injustice

  • Engaged and responsive (have enough time to offer!)

  • Open, listening

  • Good communicator

  • Able to work cross-culturally

Deadline and details

Please completed applications must by submitted by 30th July 2021. Visit our website for more details about the role and how to apply.