Trustees - Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Job Title: Trustees - Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J72090
Job Published: March 26, 2021 11:04

Job Description

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need us. The RAF Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity, has an exciting opportunity for three new Trustees on the Board.


Role summary

Against the backdrop of a Fund strategy that will need to evolve in response to the significant challenges of the external environment, the Board is keen to recruit three additional trustees to join the Board:

Applicants will be interested in our work, have a relevant background, and be willing and able to work collaboratively with other members of the Board to provide high-level strategic guidance and governance oversight for the Fund’s Senior Management Team, as the Fund works to implement its post-COVID ‘stabilise and adjust’ strategy whilst developing a new long-term strategic direction.

Applicants do not need to have a military or military charity background but must have empathy for what the Royal Air Force and the charitable sector stands for.  The Fund’s most recent annual review is available on our website at

These roles are voluntary but reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Person description

The Board are looking for:

  • A trustee with significant experience as a trustee or senior executive in the charity sphere who has been responsible for leading or overseeing strategic change within this environment (a background in welfare delivery or social care would be particularly advantageous).
  • A trustee with senior fundraising experience (such as having held a director level fundraising position in a national charity) to join our Board and our Fundraising & Communications Committee.  
  • A trustee with a Finance Background (preferably a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales with a good understanding of the regulatory and statutory requirements of financial reporting) to join our Board and our Finance Committee and become a trustee / member of the Board of Directors of two of the Fund’s subsidiary entities (the RAF Benevolent Fund Housing Trust Ltd and the RAF Benevolent Fund Trustees Ltd).


What's in it for the volunteer?

These roles offer the opportunity to work alongside a passionate and dedicated group of people to make a real difference to the lives of serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. The work is varied, intellectually challenging and incredibly rewarding. 


Time commitment

The Board meets five times per year. The Finance trustee and Fundraising trustee will also be required to attend four Committee meetings per year.


Before you apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering site.

To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the trustee profile (available via the links provided and on our website). The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 5 April 2021. Interviews will take place as soon as possible thereafter (most likely virtually via a video conferencing platform). Please note that the successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Deadline: 5th April.

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