November 2, 2016

Job Posting


Involve – United Kingdom
Date added: November 2, 2016 Application deadline: November 16, 2016

Involve is looking for new Trustees to join its Board of Directors. Involve is the UK’s leading authority on public participation. It develops opportunities for engagement, collaboration and accountability that work for both citizens and organisations.

General responsibilities of all Trustees

The Trustees are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Involve, and for developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with governing documents and legal and regulatory guidelines.  They provide oversight of the charity’s activities.

Specific duties include:

  • To ensure that Involve complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving strategic direction to Involve, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
  • To safeguard the good name and values of Involve;
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Involve;
  • To ensure the financial stability of Involve; and
  • To appoint the Secretary and monitor his/her performance.

Person specification


  • Commitment to Involve and to our mission, vision and values;
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
  • Good, independent judgement;
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship;
  • Willing to apply Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership;
  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the Board of Trustees; and
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.


  • Knowledge of participation theory and practice;
  • Familiarity with government at central, local or regional levels; knowledge of policy processes and governmental infrastructure;
  • Insight into the development of a small consultancy service enterprise;
  • Experience of grant and / or consultancy fundraising at a local and national level;
  • Willingness, from time to time, to act as critical friend to staff on programmes or projects.

We welcome applications from those who have some, but not all, of the desirable criteria.

What the role involves

  • Attending quarterly meetings, face to face in our offices in Old Street, London.
  • Optional participation in our sub committees (we currently have two sub committees: one dealing with HR and the other dealing with audit and financial issues). We are particularly hoping that our new Trustees will be interested in serving on the sub committees.
  • Attendance at our annual strategy day.
  • Ad hoc assistance as required.

This is an unpaid position, although travel expenses are covered.