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Trustee vacancies (unpaid)

We have three open Trustee positions at Turn2us

About Turn2us

Turn2us is a national charity that provides practical information and support to people facing financial shocks. We work alongside those who have experienced not having enough money to live on to develop practical information and support that helps people cope with life-changing events such as job loss, illness or bereavement.

About the role

We are delighted to announce that we have three open Trustee positions at Turn2us. 

For these trustee vacancies, we are particularly interested in people who have a background in governance, law, safeguarding, or poverty, and those who have lived experience of financial exclusion.

We are especially keen to work with people who understand the challenges faced by Black and Asian people or those who identify as disabled or have faced the financial challenges of being a single parent.

How to apply

Please download the Trustee recruitment pack. If you are unable to access it, you can read about the responsibilities of a Trustee further down the page or download the word document version of the recruitment pack

If you are interested in applying, please send a current CV and supporting statement, which should include where you heard about this opportunity, to by Friday 16th October.

Please also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form

If you are shortlisted for the first interview, these appointments will be held on the week commencing 19th October. Second interviews will take place week commencing 26th October.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, or need additional information please contact Thomas Lawson, Chief Executive on 07956 888 160, or e-mail

The responsibilities of a Trustee

Trustee time commitment

Board and Committee meetings are held in London, Hammersmith.

Trustees are appointed for an initial four year term with the opportunity to extend for a further four year period.

The time commitment includes attending four Board meetings a year plus an away day and relevant committee meetings, averaging out at approximately one day a month.

Our trustees are unremunerated, however, we reimburse travel expenses that are directly incurred in the role as Trustee on official business.

The next board meeting dates are:

  • 15th December 2020
  • 2nd March 2021
  • 15th June 2021 (provisional)
  • 21st September 2021 (provisional)
  • 14th December 2021 (provisional)

Specific responsibilities

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document.
  • Ensure that all the charity’s activities are within its objects and within the law and relevant regulations.
  • Safeguard the charity’s ethos, its good name and the values of the organisation.
  • Work with our Chief Executive and leadership team to develop and agree strategic goals and objectives, and to assess whether the management’s strategy to achieve them is reasonable in relation to the risks involved, the resources required and the benefits to be achieved.
  • Monitor the charity’s progress towards the achievement of its strategic goals and objectives and monitor the impact of its activities on its beneficiaries.
  • Define the parameters on which the budget will be based, agree the budget and monitor financial performance.
  • Ensure that management has implemented an effective risk identification and management process.
  • Ensure that management has implemented effective internal control systems and management information systems.
  • As and when necessary appoint a Chief Executive, support them, agree their performance goals, monitor their performance against the specified goals, and agree their remuneration package.
  • Establish and, as necessary, review a clear framework of delegation to committees and the Chief Executive, monitor compliance with that framework and hold Committees and the Chief Executive accountable for the authority that has been delegated to them.
  • Be accountable to stakeholders for the way in which they have discharged their responsibilities as Trustees.
  • Represent the Board’s position when speaking publicly. Review the Board’s own performance periodically and build an effective team spirit across Trustees and management

Requirements of a Trustee

In order to carry out your duties as a Trustee you will be required to:

  • Act in the best interests of the present and future beneficiaries setting aside any other interests you may have.
  • Attend the Trustee Board meetings and sub-committee meetings.
  • Devote the necessary time and effort to developing a good understanding of Turn2us and its activities, reading papers and undertaking other preparatory work.

Turn2us seeks to appoint three new Board members with any of the following skills or experience:

  • Law
  • Governance
  • Safeguarding
  • Poverty

Turn2us operates throughout the UK and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We are actively seeking people who are Black, Asian, mixed heritage or who identify as disabled to apply to bring their lived expertise to their work as a trustee.

Trustees' abilities

Trustees will be able to:

  • Identify with, and be motivated by, the values and objectives of Turn2us.
  • Champion the work of Turn2us and the need for its support/services to external audiences.
  • Think innovatively, critically, independently and strategically, with the ability and a proven track record of translating strategy into operational plans.
  • Demonstrate a healthy understanding of risk, and its benefits and have entrepreneurial instincts.
  • Contribute effectively within a talented Board.
  • Work collaboratively with fellow Trustees and management.
  • Have a willingness to speak their mind and be constructive.
  • Demonstrate a consultative, strategic and supportive style.
  • Demonstrate Nolan’s seven principles of public life, namely: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Turn2us is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from members of all communities. It is committed to equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity. We encourage and welcome applications from all parts of the community regardless of age, experience, disability, sex, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnicity, heritage, religion or belief, socio-economic background and marriage and civil partnerships.

Turn2us is deeply committed to inclusive working practices, so during the application process we commit to:

  • paying for childcare whilst you’re at Turn2us interviews where these take place in person.
  • Paying for your travel costs to the office and back for interviews.
  • Making any reasonable adjustments - for example ensuring we have BSL interpreters organised in advance if you’d like them.
  • Offering a guaranteed first stage interview with Turn2us for disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the role.