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Migrant Help

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Looking for individuals with trustee or non-executive experience and are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in individuals who can bring first-hand or indirect experience of being a refugee or migrant into the UK.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Expenses only
Trustee recruitment for Migrant Help UK

About this role

Unremunerated, reasonable expenses will be paid
Meetings are usually held in Central London with other meetings in Dover and nationwide 

Migrant Help is a national charity offering support, guidance and accommodation to vulnerable migrants across the UK. We provide services to asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. Our vision is for a global society that protects vulnerable migrants, treats them with respect and enables them to reach their full potential.

Our income is c£12m, a large proportion of which comes through government funding. We also have a successful social enterprise, Clear Voice, an interpreting and translation service whose profits go back into the charity.

We have recently won a significant new contract and are growing in size. We are currently developing a new strategy to help us expand our charitable work, diversify income streams and build future sustainability. We are keen to further develop Migrant Help’s brand and raise our profile.


Board recruitment, trustees, for Migrant Help

We are looking for individuals with expertise in three particular areas:

  • Knowledge of the UK refugee sector: lived experience, policy, service delivery and/or partnership working;
  • Background in Human Resources, Charity Governance or Safeguarding; and
  • Expertise in social finance and/or social enterprise, experienced in business development and growth, and with knowledge of different funding models for charities.

We are ideally looking for individuals with trustee or non-executive experience; and are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in individuals who can bring first-hand or indirect experience of being a refugee or migrant into the UK, either recently or in past generations. We would also welcome individuals with an understanding of public sector commissioning at a national, regional or local level; and experience and/or understanding of the support and care of victims of trafficking.

Most importantly, of course, you will have compassion for the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

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

Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 10th July 2019.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Applicant,

Lucy Bracken, Migrant Help trustee recruitment

Thank you very much for showing an interest in joining our Board of Trustees at Migrant Help.

For over 50 years we have been helping vulnerable migrants across the UK to feel protected, safe, informed and supported so that they are able to move forward with their lives.

We are a UK wide charity, with offices in 10 parts of the country. We are very proud of our talented and diverse staff team who bring skills and experiences from over 50 countries.

The Board are committed to building on the charity’s legacy and working with our stakeholders to provide innovative and professional services that meet the changing and challenging needs of our beneficiaries.

You will join us at a very exciting time, as it has never been more vital that we focus on working in partnership with others to bring solutions with real impact to the challenges that vulnerable migrants and survivors of modern day slavery are facing in the UK today.

To help us deliver on our key strategic priorities we are looking to diversify and build our income base to ensure that we continue to be a sustainable and impactful charity.  In 2019 Migrant Help was awarded by the Home Office, the ‘AIRE’ contract, to provide a huge range of services and support to all asylum seekers on the UK, for the next 10 years. With a very successful translation service (Clear Voice) as a social enterprise and a number of other initiatives we have a solid platform to develop a strategy for our future.

We are looking for Trustees who are excited to be a part of this work. We are a collegiate and skilled Board with a legacy of high standards of governance and transparency. We are intent on supporting our very capable and energetic executive to developing the staff team to continue to maintain the highest standards of services as well as being innovative in seeking opportunities to develop solutions to problems facing the migrant population.

Migrant Help is not a campaigning organisation; however, we believe that we can work with our campaigning partners in the sector to support their work and develop frameworks for successful change.

Continuing to build a diverse board is important to us to ensure we can draw on a wide range of thinking and perspectives, to help us solve problems, identify opportunities and assess risks. We therefore look forward to welcoming interest from candidates with a variety of backgrounds.

If you would like to join us, please read on and get in touch with me through the application process attached.

Lucy Bracken
Chair of the Board of Trustees

At Migrant Help we have over 50 years of knowledge and experience of giving advice and support to vulnerable migrants in the UK

Migrant Help was founded as a charity in 1963 by Helen Ellis MBE and was originally known as the Kent Committee for the Welfare of Migrants (KCWM). The charity was established to give support to the high number of distressed migrants arriving through the ports of Kent. Since then Migrant Help’s services have expanded across the UK and we have become one of the leading national charities working to support vulnerable migrants.

We help our clients across the UK feel protected, safe, informed and supported so that they are able to move forward with their lives.

Our Leadership

The day-to-day operation of Migrant Help is overseen by an Executive Leadership Team comprised of the Chief Executive, the Chief Operating Officer and the National Operations Manager.

The Chief Executive is responsible to the Trustees for the management of Migrant Help. Our Executive Team, Trustees, staff and volunteers are all dedicated to delivering services to improve the lives of vulnerable migrants in the UK.

Our services

Advice and guidance to asylum seekers

We have been helping people who are fleeing from persecution, war and torture for over 50 years. Today, we provide asylum advice and guidance services across the UK, supporting tens of thousands of asylum seekers every year.

Specialist support for Victims of Human Trafficking 

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in history. We provide victims of human trafficking with the practical and emotional support they need to rebuild their lives. We do this as prime contractors in Scotland and Northern Ireland and as a sub-contractor to The Salvation Army in England.

Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme 

We assist people resettled under this government scheme in East Kent and Sussex to settle into their new communities and to access all the support they require.

Clear Voice – our social enterprise

Clear Voice offers high quality interpreter and translation services and is the only not-for-profit service of its kind. All Clear Voice’s profits go to Migrant Help to support its work combating human trafficking and assisting migrants in need.


Board and trustee recruitment for Migrant Help

Our vision is for a global society that protects vulnerable migrants, treats them with respect and enables them to become successful members of their communities.

How we deliver this vision

  • We offer our clients (vulnerable migrants) the advice and support they need to feel safe and lead successful lives in the UK.
  • We assist victims of human trafficking and modern slavery on their path to recovery and work with other agencies to combat this abhorrent crime.
  • We promote the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness and empathy, enabling migrants to become parts of their local communities.
  • We inform governments and policy makers to ensure fair and consistent processes are in place to assist those seeking refuge in the UK.

More information:

Migrant Help website
Time Commitment 
Where we work
Accounts and reports

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustees, Migrant Help” into the subject field.

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 job. Please note that all equality monitoring surveys are completely anonymous, so if you would like to contact us as a disabled applicant, to make us aware of potential operational difficulties, adjustments or support, then please email: emf@peridotpartners.co.uk.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Interviews: w/c Monday 15th July

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Migrant Help are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete equality monitoring survey and equality and diversity monitoring form.

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