Join our board of trustees

We’re recruiting up to four new trustees to join our board. Deadline 9am, Monday 26 October 2020

Our board sets our strategy and direction, holds us to account and ensures we are always working for the benefit of girls and young women.

About the role

As a trustee, and collectively as a board, you must:

  • Attend trustee board and committee meetings
  • Contribute actively to the board’s work, decision-making and building consensus
  • Approve policies affecting Girlguiding’s staff, volunteers and members
  • Oversee Girlguiding’s activities, including risk management and management of the charity’s resources
  • Hold Girlguiding accountable to its members, particularly its young members
  • Make sure that Girlguiding pursues its charitable objectives
  • Support and encourage senior volunteers, the executive team and their staff in their roles, whilst constructively challenging their advice and decisions – be a ‘critical friend’
  • Represent Girlguiding internally and externally

This is not a paid role, but Girlguiding will cover all your reasonable expenses.

Download the recruitment pack to learn more about the role.

Download the diversity monitoring form to complete.

Who can apply?

We’re recruiting up to four new experienced trustees with a range of governance skills, to join our board and help us deliver Girlguiding’s new 2020+ strategy.  

We are looking for people with skills and experience in one or more of these areas:

  • Chairing committees
  • Commercial acumen, including sales, marketing and innovation, with a view to chairing our trading subsidiary board
  • Risk management and assurance, preferably from a health and safety senior leadership perspective
  • Charity governance experience, gained outside Girlguiding
  • Lived experience of diversity and inclusion, from a senior leadership perspective
  • Digital, including online retail 

We welcome candidates of any gender (women, men or other gender identity) and from any background who have the required skills.

We would like to particularly encourage those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, people belonging to minority religions, LGBT people and people with disabilities or long-term conditions to apply, to increase the diversity of the current board and bring fresh perspectives through their lived experience.

Time commitments

The role will take up around 15-20 days a year. This includes reading and preparation time, and breaks down roughly as:

  • Attending four board meetings a year, and occasional additional meetings. Meetings are held in London or sometimes elsewhere (usually once a year)
  • Attending four governance committee meetings a year
  • Attending the AGM once a year
  • Participating in some of Girlguiding’s work, like sitting on a trustee recruitment panel or attending some of our events. Ideally, you would allow three or four days a year for this

Trustees serve for three years, with the possibility to renew for another three years after their first term.

Girlguiding will cover all your reasonable expenses for attending these days.

Support in the role

We make every effort to help you fulfil your role to the best of your abilities, and to support your development. We give all new trustees an induction and we have a board development programme to support you in developing your skills. We also offer a buddy system to build relationships among trustees and help you benefit from each other’s perspectives and expertise.

How to apply

To apply upload your CV, supporting statement, reference details and equality and diversity form to Trustees Unlimited by Monday 26 October 2020 at 9am.

Apply now at Trustees Unlimited