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Trustee Christian Aid

Join the board of Christian Aid, a global movement of people, churches, and local organisations, we are the changemakers, the peacemakers and the might of heart and this is an opportunity to support us to drive development of our income streams.

  • Location: Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality. For over 75 years, we’ve fought poverty and turned hope into action. Although founded by the church and rooted in Christianity, we’ve always helped those in need, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality.

In 2021/22, we implemented over 250 projects in 14 countries, we worked directly with 2.6 million people and over 29 million people indirectly, and we raised a total of £78.4 million of which £34 million was used for humanitarian aid and £24.1 million for development programmes.

There is more to do. It is a challenging time globally and we are responding everyday with pace and innovation. More than 75 years on from our foundation following the Second World War, we have again faced a huge, forced movement of people in Europe, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We have rapidly mobilised fundraising and programme response, which has allowed us to work effectively with our partners across Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

We are living in a period when inequalities are widening, conflict and violence are leading to violations of rights, and environmental destruction threatens our homes. There is an urgent need to rethink our approaches to poverty, this demands deep structural change, but also a real change in ourselves as an organisation. Although we have experienced a decrease in institutional funding, the issues we work on are urgent, and the pressures facing our sector can be a challenge. But we have experienced gradual recovery of voluntary income, and there is more we can do. This gives us the space to continue to be strategic about rebuilding our institutional income and grow our programmatic work worldwide which includes emergency response, peace-building, health, land rights, tax justice, accelerating localisation through partnership, gender equality and helping communities adapt to climate change.

About the role

We are looking to appoint a new Trustee who is passionate about the work of Christian Aid and has a personal commitment to our values. Trustees are responsible for setting the strategy, ensuring good governance, and determining our vision. Our trustees offer senior expertise, support and challenge to one another and our team, whilst being critical collaborators and at times acting as a sounding board. Trustees on our board must act as ambassadors and advocates for fundraising and use their experience and personal networks to help expand our supporter base.

With this mind, we would like to welcome someone onto the Board who brings experience of and knowledge of fundraising and/or income generation and developing new ways of growing organisations. We are looking for an individual at Board level who will play a key role in supporting our growth ambitions, especially in voluntary income. This person will support and challenge in developing our fundraising and organisational strategy. An ideal candidate may have a background in sectors including, but not limited to, CSR, commercial and business, banking, investments, financial services, family funds, or someone with senior leadership and fundraising experience in the charity sector. This person could bring experience of sales and marketing to support us as we grow our income and focus our approach to development and engagement with our donor base. Given the scope of our work, it is helpful for our new Trustee to have experience of working internationally, though this is not essential.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for our new Trustee to be strategic, well networked and a proactive relationship builder with a willingness to introduce contacts. This person will be someone who has an understanding of private sector engagement and will advise, support and challenge our fundraising and organisational strategy including approaches to growing our donor pool. Alongside this, this person will contribute to the development and innovation of strategy with our Board and team and contribute to the vision and direction of Christian Aid.

Board members are expected to be active Christians to help lead, direct and develop Christian Aid. We value and encourage diversity of the Board and welcome people from all sections of the Christian community, we are also open to this person being based internationally or in the UK.

The Board meets 4 times a year which includes 2 residentials. The residentials usually require an overnight stay and one of which may be outside of Central London. All dates are decided in advance and planned for the year. Trustees are expected to join one of our sub-committees and in the case of this trustee, they will join our Finance, Fundraising and Investment Committee which meets 4 times a year, usually virtually for 2-3 hours. Trustees also attend our AGM.

We expect the time commitment to be circa a day a month which varies throughout the year and includes attendance at Board meetings, membership of one or more committees, preparation for board meetings as well as ad hoc conversations with Board members or senior staff between formal meetings and attendance at events throughout the year. In addition, it has proved valuable for trustees to travel overseas occasionally to visit partners and see Christian Aid’s work at first hand. The term is initially 4 years which can be renewed. The successful person’s appointment will be ratified later this year.

We are especially keen to invite applications from candidates with current lived experience in the Global South and candidates who will help to ensure that the Board is fully representative of ethnic diversity across the UK.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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About Christian Aid

At Christian Aid, we believe that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality. The essential purpose of Christian Aid is to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world and to challenge the systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

For over 75 years, we’ve fought poverty and turned hope into action. Although founded by the church and rooted in Christianity, we’ve always helped those in need, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality. Created by British and Irish churches in 1945, and owned by our 41 sponsoring churches, Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root cause. Our work is based on our fundamental identification with the aspirations and rights of the poor and the oppressed. We act in situations of suffering and injustice because we believe that they violate God’s standards and devalue us all.

In recent years, we have been through a process of looking back at our history, the world as it is today, and the unique contribution we can bring in changing people’s lives. We have revisited our vision, mission, values, and developed a new global strategic framework – Christian Aid Global Strategy 2019-26  – that will influence how we make change happen.

Our Approach:

  • As the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland, we work as part of a worldwide church community.
  • We carry out our relief, development and advocacy work through more than 500 local organisations, which are close to the people and communities we seek to help and so best understand their needs. We also work closely with governments and the private sector where appropriate. Read our Safeguarding Policy on protecting adults and children
  • We are a founding member of ACT Alliance, a coalition of 146 churches and faith-based organisations working together in more than 100 countries.
  • We regularly run projects on behalf of governmental and other major donors, including UK Aid and the European Commission, and are active members of 30 networks promoting excellence in the delivery of humanitarian and development programmes, including the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)BONDDochasSphereCONCORD and VOICE.

We take part in several coalitions – such as the Climate Coalitionthe Green Economy Coalition and Leave No One Behind – to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and challenge the systems that keep people poor.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

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    Board members are expected to be active Christians so as to help lead, direct and develop Christian Aid as the Churches’ agency for international development and poverty eradication.  Christian Aid values diversity in its Board and welcomes people from all sections of the Christian community.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Applicants with a disability 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 regarding the recruitment process.

    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 11th September 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: by Monday 18th September 2023
    Interviews: Friday 22nd September 2023


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