Job Title: Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Maidenhead
Salary: Voluntary role
Reference: J65451
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 06, 2020 15:10

Job Description

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) exists to support the 690,000 adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis and 12,000 children under the age of 16 with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

NRAS is looking for 3 new trustees with diverse skills and backgrounds in line with the people we represent.

Ideally Trustees will have close proximity to our cause - supporting all those with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Arthritis in the UK, so preferably people with RA or adult Juvenile disease themselves (or a parent of a child or young person with JIA), or who have a close relation with the disease. 

The three areas we currently feel are underrepresented on the board are

  • A Trustee with established fundraising connections in particular major donors and corporate relationship building
  • A Trustee to represent those under the age of 35 living with inflammatory arthritis
  • A Trustee with experience of digital and technological advances in healthcare

The role of our Board is to oversee and ensure good governance, approve annual financial statement and budget, protect the charity from liability, minimise risk, ensure legal compliance, and participate in fundraising. They also support the CEO and review her performance.

We require people who are passionate about what they do and are prepared to support a great cause with equal passion. We are also keen to attract people who have a network of contacts and are willing to help us fundraise. We get no statutory income and have to fundraise every penny we spend. It's only by increasing our income that we can do more and we have so much more to do to support the 400,000 people living with RA and 12,000 children and their families living with JIA in the UK.

What impact will this opportunity have?

We have excellent and committed existing trustees but with a more diverse board of people with a wider range of backgrounds and skills to support, help and guide the charity and the Senior Management Team, we believe we will be in a stronger position to achieve aims and goals.

What’s in it for you as a volunteer?

We believe this is a great opportunity to contribute in a key way to a vitally important cause. RA and Juvenile forms of arthritis are painful, complex, disabling and life-long diseases with no cure. They are not well understood and people generally don't recognise the symptoms as being in need of urgent attention so delay seeking help. A huge amount can now be done. No-one should feel alone and isolated being diagnosed with RA or JIA - we're here to support them every step of the way. We think you'd enjoy working with us.  You'll learn a lot!

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours, but some out of hours working

  • 4 Board meetings per year
  • Attendance at key events (e.g. parliamentary launch of a report) - desirable
  • Attendance at any major donor event - highly desirable
  • 2 or 3 telecons

How to apply

Please submit your CV, along with a covering statement stating why you are interested and the skills/experience you would bring to the role.