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Independent Trustees – Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

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We're looking for individuals with substantial strategic leadership experience to join a deeply engaged and accomplished board at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

  • Location: London/Cambridge
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses
Trustee recruitment with Internet Watch Foundation

About this role

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the internet industry, and the European Commission. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally.

For 23 years we’ve given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 26 countries. We assess every report we receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, we make sure the image or video is removed. To do this effectively, we develop new technology and provide bespoke tools to our industry Members, which now number 148 and include Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

No child should suffer repeated abuse and victimisation. As a direct result of our work, child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK have reduced from 18% in 1996 to below 1% today.

Creating real change:
Our work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked after. We encourage others to play their part, whether it is reporting to us, funding us, or collaborating on the best technology and research.

The children in these pictures and videos are real. The suffering captured in this imagery and the knowledge that it could be shared can haunt a victim for life. That’s why it’s our mission to eliminate this material for good. And to show every child there is someone out there who cares enough to help.

Our future focus:
The future for IWF is full of ambition and change. We are in the process of developing our next five-year strategy to broaden our reach to the public, diversify our funding, develop campaigns to tackle the demand for child sexual abuse imagery, and respond to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper which brings greater regulation to the internet.

Independent Trustees

At this strategically important time, we wish to appoint three Independent Trustees who will help to shape IWF’s intent through ambitious, creative, independent, and informed thinking.

Trustees will join our deeply engaged and accomplished board, which provides constructive challenge and support to our highly capable senior management team. We are also looking for two of these trustees to join our Finance Committee.

We are looking for individuals with substantial strategic leadership experience. We are particularly looking for people with the following skill sets:

– senior technical IT expertise, particularly in cyber security, ethical hacking or related areas (e.g. CISO, CTO, Head of Cyber Security etc);
– senior legal expertise, ideally (though not essentially) focused on the internet, cyber security or communications;
– senior financial leadership experience which could have been gained as a CFO, Finance Director or in a commercial leadership role, in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

However, we are also open to considering individuals with broader experience, in areas related to our work. Most importantly, the new Trustees will share IWF’s commitment to our vision of elimination of child sexual abuse images online.

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

Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Emma Harvey

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Dear Candidate,

Andrew Puddephatt and Susie Hargreaves OBE at Internet Watch Foundation for Trustee Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in the role of Independent Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

We make the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world. Online child sexual abuse imagery is a worldwide problem, and our vision is to globally eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online. We are a global charity and a world leading organisation for the removal of such content. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally, and are supported by the internet industry and the European Commission.

This is a strategically important time for the IWF as we better position ourselves to eradicate the availability of child sexual abuse material online. We are ambitious to broaden our public impact, and ready to play a key role in responding to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper.

As we consider the challenges we face to enable us to have even greater impact, we need three independent trustees who will strengthen the board’s expertise in cyber security, the law and strategic finance.

We are seeking trustees who not only recognise their fiduciary and governance responsibilities but who are innovative, who can contribute to our strategy and who recognise and celebrate success. We need people who are enthusiastic, unafraid to take calculated risk, and who welcome stimulating boardroom debate and challenge.

You will join a charity with a dynamic and engaged board and capable senior management team, who are committed to tackling this global problem.

Should you wish to have an informal chat with Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive, in advance of submitting an application then please contact Emma Harvey at Peridot Partners on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

Andrew Puddephatt
Susie Hargreaves OBE

Our aims

We work to:

Eliminate child sexual abuse images and videos online;

Help victims by removing images of child sexual abuse from the internet;

Make the internet a safer place for children and adults to use.

How we do this:

Identify, assess, report and remove criminal child sexual abuse imagery online;

Provide a world class Hotline for anyone to report child sexual abuse imagery, securely and anonymously;

Actively search for child sexual abuse images and videos on the public internet;

Work with industry partners worldwide to remove images of child sexual abuse and stop them from being spread further;

Share our expertise and play an active role in the UK Safer Internet Centre.


Tackling a global problem

Internet Watch Foundation Trustee Recruitment

Online child sexual abuse imagery is a global problem, which demands a global solution. The internet does not respect geographical borders, so we work in close cooperation with partners worldwide. This helps us to eradicate online images of child sexual abuse as quickly and efficiently as possible.


  • work closely with the internet industry worldwide, partnering with law enforcement agencies, governments, charities and other hotlines, in the fight against online child sexual images and videos;
  • develop and use emerging technologies to improve the identification and removal of images;
  • use innovative tactics and services to minimise the global availability of child sexual abuse images and videos;
  • research and analyse trends and data to help our Members and policy makers combat child sexual abuse imagery online;
  • promote best-practice welfare for our staff who are working to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery.

Further details:

IWF website
2018 annual report
Organisational structure
The IWF is led by Susie Hargreaves OBE who has been CEO since 2011. She is supported by a four person senior management team

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the Trustee roles you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply for one of the roles, please send a comprehensive CV and supporting statement (the statement should be no longer than two sides of A4) that addresses the criteria in Part One of the person specification. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying. While it is unlikely that the interview dates can be changed, please indicate in your application any dates in the timetable when you will not be available.

Please send your documents in Word format to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk and use the subject heading “Trustee (Cyber Security/Legal/Finance – deleting as applicable) – IWF”.

IWF is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required with regard to the recruitment process. Please contact us via emf@peridotpartners.co.uk or let us know in your covering email if this is the case.

Please note that this appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.


Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 28th May 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 3rd June
Opportunity for visits to IWF offices in Cambridge: w/c Monday 10th June
Interviews in London: w/c Monday 17th June

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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