Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Mitcham
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary
Reference: J61287
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 07, 2019 15:05

Job Description

African Prison Project - we work with people in prison in Africa and beyond putting the power of the law in the hands of the poor.  By providing high-quality legal advice, training, and education to those living and working in prison, we empower those most in need of justice to access it for themselves.

This is an exciting time for APP as we transition from a focus on welfare of prisoners to also improving access to justice.  We are now looking to strengthen our board with a new trustee whose skills and experiences include legal practice, accountancy and philanthropy.   

The primary responsibilities of a Trustee are the following:

  • Ensuring that the Board as a whole works effectively together, fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of APP, and evaluates its performance on a regular basis. APP’s governance framework encompasses six areas: nurturing APP’s identity; enabling learning and renewal; focusing on impact; cultivating organisational health; bringing stretch; and growing public fidelity and trust.
  • Collaborating with, supporting and appropriately challenging the DG.
  • Supporting the Director General in developing APP’s strategy and associated operating plans.
  • Acting as an ambassador for APP, representing the charity at key moments and events, and supporting the DG in managing relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Visiting field programs in Africa to connect with learn from and encourage front-line staff and those we serve. 

 Skills & attributes required:

  • A strong commitment to serving, supporting and empowering the most marginalised, ignored and down-trodden across society, and a willingness to be transformed by them.
  • Significant, demonstrable experience in a senior leadership role gained within any (or a combination) of business, government, church or voluntary sectors.
  • Previous experience of chairing committees, boards or leadership teams effectively.
  • Expertise in a range of relevant fields relating to the Board’s role, for example including: governance, law, organisation development, strategy, intentional communities, financial management, marketing and fundraising, penal justice, international development, etc.
  • High emotional intelligence, coupled with strong relational and communication skills.
  • The ability to build an effective relationship with the Director General, characterised by both support and effective challenge. 
  • A willingness to be part of a ‘community of servants, accountable stewards and courageous changemakers’ following Jesus’ example in loving the unloved and seeking justice for the oppressed.
  • A commitment to putting the power of the law into the hands of the poor and willingness to engage in community life, including practice of shared spiritual disciplines, such as lectio divina.
  • A strong and visible passion and enthusiasm for APP's work.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team environment with other trustees.
  • Strong networking capabilities that would support APP.


The ability and willingness to offer around 7-8 days each year for 3 years.

How to Apply

Please apply via Reach TrusteeWorks by submitting a CV.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019

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