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Two quarterly meetings per quarter plus ad hoc support
Responsible to
Chair of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Closing date

We are looking to find a new inspirational Trustee to dedicate the time, knowledge and vision on a voluntary basis to help maintain and improve the organisational health of the charity; guide our operational strategy and ensure successful resource management. This role may suit a senior operational leader in the commercial or not for profit sector. 

HBF is governed by a Board of Trustees, led by the Chair, which provides strong strategic oversight and governance. The Board currently comprises 8 Trustees, one of which is stepping down in December 2021. There are several committees led by Trustees and attended by Members of the Management Group such as a Research Committee a Finance and Fundraising Committee, the latter also provides oversight of Asylum Aid finances and fundraising. We will also be welcoming two Lived Experience Observers onto the Board to ensure that the voices of survivors are heard at the top of our organisation.

Role Profile

The main duties of a trustee are:

  • Supporting and setting HBF’s strategic ambitions;
  • Helping to define goals and evaluate performance;
  • Using your skills to the benefit of HBF
  • Supporting and advising the Executive on the vision, direction and management of the charity •
  • Being responsible for the governance of the charity, ensuring that HBF acts in accordance with its governing documents and applicable legislation
  • Ensuring that HBF uses its resources exclusively to further its charitable objects
  • Exercising control over the financial affairs of HBF and protect its assets, ensuring that the charity is financially sustainable, including membership of the Finance and Fundraising Committee
  • Carrying out your duties and make decisions at all times in the best interests of HBF
  • Attending and contributing to Board Meetings
  • Advocating on behalf of Survivors and Refugees
  • Acting as an ambassador for HBF

Specifically, we are keen to recruit an individual from the commercial or not for profit sector with preferably senior leadership experience in organisational health and governance, organisational strategy, finance and/or human resources.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit the following:

  • An up to date, detailed CV.
  • A covering letter or short supporting statement
  • Please let us know if you are not able to attend interview on the dates given in the Recruitment Timetable and/or if you would like to speak to someone from the Appointment Panel prior to submitting an application.

Since the HBF’s work involves the engagement and participation of individuals with lived experience, candidates may be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check as part of any application. If successful details of two referees who we may contact at shortlist stage.

The role will be advertised from the 24th September 2021 and the closing date for applications is Sunday 24th October 2021.

Please send us your CV and short covering note by email to: If you would like to get more information about the role or to talk to the Chair of Trustees, Charlotte Seymour-Smith please contact or

Equal Opportunities

The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation. We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.

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