Trustees with hands-on involvement

Job Title: Trustees with hands-on involvement
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cambridgeshire
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: icaet
Contact Name: Kevin Cusack
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 30, 2019 14:20

Job Description

The SEED Project is a small charity facilitating sustainable community development and resilience in Zimbabwe. Trustees are sought to help drive forward our exciting new strategy, which will take our work to the next level.

As a trustee of a very small charity, with 2 full-time employees in Zimbabwe, 1 part-time employee in the UK and a handful of volunteers, you will have plenty of opportunities to get stuck into various aspects of SEED’s work. This could range from drafting policies to hosting fundraising events, and from helping to recruit senior employees to contributing new ideas. We take a fairly informal, pragmatic approach to our roles as trustees, within the legal and regulatory framework. As well as the important decision-making and wrestling with the issues of the day, our meetings usually involve laughter and cake!

Purpose of the role

This voluntary role will carry the usual responsibilities of a trustee as defined by the Charity Commission for England and Wales; we encourage all applicants to read the Charity Commission’s guidance CC3  prior to making application. In addition to the traditional governance role, SEED’s trustees will get involved in a more hands-on way, according to their particular abilities. We are looking for 2-4 new trustees who could each offer a few hours a week, or an average of a day or two per month. In addition to quarterly board meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary. There may be the opportunity for occasional travel to Zimbabwe.

You can view our annual accounts on the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities.

Qualities required


  • Understanding of, and support for, SEED’s mission
  • Willingness to operate within SEED’s Christian ethos and values
  • Ability to attend quarterly meetings (usually on Sunday afternoons) in Cambridge, North London or somewhere between the two (usually at the home of a trustee)
  • Time and motivation to get involved in a hands-on way (a few hours a week, or an average of a day or two per month)
  • Management / governance experience
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken


  • Experience as a charity trustee
  • Experience chairing meetings (in charity or other sectors)
  • Experience in the NGO sector, ideally in a range of different NGOs and in management or governance (as employee, trustee or volunteer)
  • Zimbabwean, or connections with Zimbabwe that bring an understanding of the context
  • Understanding of the Southern African context, or experience from other developing countries
  • Good connections within international development, donors and/or churches
  • Expertise in fundraising (especially major donor, digital or community fundraising) and/or human resources (HR)
  • Ability to travel to Zimbabwe
  • Strong ability to speak in public, inspiring people to take action
  • Experience and skills in managing people
  • Experience of SEED’s work, e.g. as a supporter or volunteer

How to apply
If you are interested, please email with a personal statement. Please include:

  • A brief explanation why you would like to explore the idea of becoming a SEED Trustee,
  • Confirmation that you have the ‘essential’ qualities listed above,
  • Description of any of the ‘desirable’ qualities listed that you are able to offer.

[Generic applications that have not been tailored to The SEED Project will not be considered].

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the vacancies are filled. Shortlisted applications will be invited to an informal discussion with one or two trustees, and then to attend a meeting as an observer. If you, and we, think that you are right for the role, we will formalise your appointment, subject to references and checks, and begin your induction.


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