At Christian Aid, we believe that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their lives. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.
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.
Christian Aid operates through an incorporated charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and with Companies House. There are various subsidiary and connected charities which support us.
About the role
The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategy and policy framework of Christian Aid, determining direction and goals; protecting and promoting the identity and values of the charity; and fulfilling our statutory responsibilities.
It collectively holds the Chief Executive and other directors (senior management) accountable, providing constructive challenge where necessary, reporting to the Sponsoring Churches at the Annual General Meeting and promoting Christian Aid externally.
Christian Aid’s governance structure incorporates two National Advisory Committees, one in Scotland, and one in Wales. The committees serve as national advisory bodies to the board and include representation from the sponsoring church denominations in that nation.
The current chairs of both committees are due to retire in 2019 and the Board is seeking successors.
If you have senior church leadership experience and are inspired by faith to volunteer at senior level for a leading Christian charity operating in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in 37 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, then this role could be the perfect role for you.
The Chair of the National Advisory Committee is expected to express and ecumenical voice from Scotland at board level. You will lead committee’s work in Scotland and regularly report to the board of trustees on national level activities. This will include chairing up to four committee meetings per year (in Scotland) and attending a further five board meetings per year (mostly in London).
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.
As a trustee, you will be appointed for an initial four year term, and are eligible to be re-appointed for further terms of office, limited to a maximum of eight consecutive years.
Trusteeship is voluntary with no salary payable, however reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.