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Chair of Trustees | Anti-Slavery International

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the board of a trailblazing human-rights charity that have tirelessly campaigned for over 180 years to ensure every person has the right to freedom. We're looking for a Chair of Trustees who will bring an energetic leadership style to enhance our board's effectiveness.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Freedom is a fundamental right for everyone. Anti-Slavery International works to eliminate all forms of slavery and slavery-like practices throughout the world, including forced labour, debt bondage, human trafficking, descent-based slavery, the worst forms of child labour and forced marriage. In just one year, we have worked to strengthen and support 24 overseas anti-slavery partners across 17 projects in 13 countries and so supporting 58,062 women, men and children, helping them build lives free from slavery.

We are a trailblazer and have tirelessly campaigned for over 180 years to ensure every person has the right to freedom.

We campaigned for ten years in Niger and, after this long battle, the country finally outlawed a ‘fifth wife’ sexual slavery practice. We supported a case that won at the High Court and enabled victims of slavery to have cuts to their benefits reversed. This benefited over a thousand survivors. We also campaigned successfully for forced marriage to be recognised as a form of slavery.

With 40 million people globally affected by slavery and we must continue our work, ensure survivors’ voices are heard and continue to leverage and influence for a world free from slavery.

We will continue to work alongside local organisations across the globe to secure the freedom of those in slavery or vulnerable to it. We will campaign for changes in attitudes towards slavery and press for more effective implementation of national and international laws and policies until everyone, everywhere is free.

Our new strategy is an integrated plan of community-based projects, campaigning and advocacy work around our core themes: child slavery, business and human rights, trafficking and environment. We are excited about the potential of our new strategy and impact we can have by firmly placing survivor voices at the heart of all solutions to deliver change in anti-slavery policy.

Who we're looking for

Our current Chair, Tanya English, will be standing down later this year. Our new Chair must bring energetic leadership to the trustees and the desire to enhance the boards effectiveness further. Our board’s aspiration is to operate more often in the strategic and generative space where the impact can be maximised.

As Chair, you will be joining an organisation with a fantastic history, an engaged and committed team of trustees and a high-performing Chief Executive. We are a small NGO with big ambitions. Our strong track record of influencing society around the world gives us a great platform to achieve more.

With this in mind, the new Chair should bring broad international perspectives – ideally from experience of living or working in different countries to complement a track record of board leadership. This is a high-profile role and our new Chair will need patience and ambition to support our growth and have more impact, leverage, and influence. We expect the time commitment to be about 3-4 days per month.

More information

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 29th June 2020

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Welcome from the CEO

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair of the Anti-Slavery International board.

Anti-Slavery International has a rich history as the world’s oldest human rights organisation. Over the past 181 years, our small yet powerful charity has fought for freedom across the globe. We have been at the spearhead of numerous successful campaigns, such as securing the UK Modern Slavery Act and making sure the Global Goals include commitments to end slavery.

With over 40 million people enslaved globally and with the impact of Covid-19 threatening progress, our work has never been more critical. Both in the UK and around the world people are exploited; forced by the state to grow cotton in China or Turkmenistan, tricked into working for little or no pay in Indian brick kilns, or UK nail-bars to pay off debts to employers and traffickers or groomed as children and exploited commercially for sex.

We are passionate about seeing a world free from slavery, making sure that those most affected are at the centre of driving change, in partnership with a range of allies and collaborators. This is an exciting time for Anti-Slavery International as we finalise and implement our five-year strategy and strengthen our role as an independent campaigning organisation.

We are seeking a Chair who can lead the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive, make sure our vision is clear, our strategic direction is compelling and in line with our charitable aims, and who can build an culture of innovation and collaboration across the board and staff team.

We are keen to receive applications from people who have substantial board and leadership experience and demonstrable global business acumen. We would like a leader who shares our passion for human rights and equality and is committed to increasing our impact globally. We would particularly welcome applications from survivors of modern slavery.

To explore this role, or if you have any questions, we encourage you to contact our consultants at Peridot Partners.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jasmine O’Connor OBE
Chief Executive

Freedom is a fundamental right, everywhere, always

Everyone should be able to make choices about their lives and how they live them. This is what drives us every day in our work to make sure everyone can enjoy their freedom.

People end up in modern slavery because they are vulnerable to being tricked, trapped and exploited; often as a result of poverty and exclusion. Political, economic and social systems that disadvantage some groups in society push people into taking risky decisions in search of opportunities to provide for their families. At the same time, people may not have access to the sort of help and support that we take for granted – such as going to the police for help.

At Anti-Slavery International we look at those systems and root causes. We work to try and change them to provide people at-risk from slavery with an opportunity to build sustainable futures.

Our vision is freedom from slavery for everyone, everywhere, always.

We are small and powerful change-makers delivering freedom now and ensuring it for the future. We free children and adults from slavery. We equip them to claim their rights and we change systems to end slavery now and for tomorrow.

Today, at over 180 years old, we are the oldest human rights organisation in the world. We have had a clear and unerring focus since the very beginning: do everything we can to bring an end to slavery in all its forms, everywhere it occurs.

Our successes

We have had plenty of success over the years in delivering freedom from slavery to people affected:

  • We brought an end to the horrific slavery practices carried out by Leopold II in Congo Free State (later the subject of Joseph Conrad’s famous novel, Heart of Darkness).
  • We influenced numerous international laws and conventions, providing legal protections for millions of people affected by slavery across the world.
  • We helped to force cocoa producers in West Africa to go Fairtrade and address child trafficking;
  • We successfully campaigned for the UK Parliament to make forced labour a criminal offence
  • We were one of the first to investigate abuses of the ‘kafalah’ system for migrant workers in the Middle East; including in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

We work to make ending slavery everyone’s concern. We are an ally to survivors and people at risk of slavery. Together, we challenge and change law, policy and practice so everyone, everywhere can be free from slavery.

To have the biggest impact we can, we work in partnership with our supporters, governments, businesses, like-minded organisations, global and grassroots movements to bring about long-term, sustainable change. Working directly with people affected by slavery our projects support tens of thousands of vulnerable people in the UK and around the world every year.

Working together, untangling person after person from slavery and dismantling the systems that enable exploitation, we can deliver true freedom to people across the globe.

Our work across the globe

We work to end slavery throughout the world. We have projects in the UK and Europe, Africa and Asia, but our campaigning work covers the whole world.

Together with local organisations, we work to secure the freedom of those affected by slavery and press for effective implementation of laws against slavery.

Our work is broad and wide-ranging. Including projects to counter child trafficking in Nepal, supporting people in Mauritania out of descent based slavery, protecting child workers from exploitation in Tanzania, providing education for communities emerging from slavery in Niger, we work in Senegal to end forced child begging, protect migrant workers in the Mauritian textile industry from abuse, and we work globally with business to end slavery in global supply chains.

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your interest and motivation in applying and your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chair, Anti-Slavery International” into the subject field.

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Closing date: 9am, Monday 29th June 2020
Shortlist: Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd July
One stage interview: w/c Monday 6th July

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