Call for Trustees 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the board of this unique student-led global health charity.

The role

This is a great opportunity to join the board of a unique student-led global health charity and mentoring university students interested in global development issues, with a focus on global health. New members to our board will learn more about formal meetings, charity governance, finance and other organisational skills, which are fundamental in the workplace.

The Board of Trustees has the highest level of organisational oversight in Students for Global Health UK. Applicants should be committed to our vision and have a passion for making a difference, even if they have no previous Board/Charitable experience. Do consider applying if you have an interest in:

  • Student Development/Student organisations
  • Charitable work
  • International/Economic Development
  • Medicine
  • Global Health

We are always interested in increasing the diversity of our Board, so we are particularly keen to recruit individuals from all areas of the community.

We are looking for people of any age, experience or background, and we will strive to make our meetings as accessible as possible, with short meeting papers and discussions where everyone can participate, even remotely.

About Students for Global Health-UK

Students for Global Health UK is a small student-led charity which works to realise “a fair and just world in which equity in health is a reality for all”.  The charity heads a network of thirty-two local branches and national working groups in various universities across the UK, and works collaboratively with numerous other activities and projects.

The charity leadership consists of full-time university students, a national committee of 19 members led by a volunteer National Director, who are elected on a yearly basis by the members of the network.

Responsibilities and key activities of our Trustees

The Board of Trustees has the highest level of organisational oversight in Students for Global Health UK. Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Overseeing the Students for Global Health UK ’s long term strategy
  • Charity governance, including ensuring compliance with Charity Commission requirements
  • Mentorship of National Committee members

For more information on what it means to be a Trustee, see the The Essential Trustee from the UK Charity Commission.


Trustees are expected to contribute up to two hours per week to their role (potentially three hours a week for those interested in Chair/Secretary positions). This includes a number of activities:

  • Keeping up-to-date with Charity commission requirements
  • Mentoring/liaising with National Committee Members and other members of the Board
  • Understanding more about current topics in Global Health/International Development
  • Planning and contributing to Board meetings
  • Joint problem-solving with members of the National Committee


Trustees are expected to be available for at least three quarterly two-hour face-to-face meetings during their tenure. For the year 2018/19, this includes:

  • Saturday 24th November
  • Saturday 9th February
  • Saturday 11th May

For other years meetings will be agreed in similar times and dates with prior agreement of the board. Some online monthly catch ups might take place, but attendance is non-essential.

Successful applicants will serve a three-year term, with the opportunity for re-election. Unfortunately due to the size of our charity we are unable to pay for expenses such as travel and childcare, but alternatives to face to face arrangements can be accommodated.

Skills Required

The Board is particularly keen to recruit individuals from all areas of the community who are able to bring their own skills and experience to:

  • bring different points of view to a discussion, including advantages and disadvantages
  • give insight into student needs and experience
  • make contacts in the global health/international development community
  • think of new ways of doing things
  • Fundraising
  • Finance / Accounting

No previous experience in Charities/Governance is necessary.


The Board also needs to recruit for Chair and a Secretary of the Board. For these particular roles, previous Board/formal meeting experience is essential. Other skills for these roles include:

  • Governance (charity governance desirable)
  • Minuting and organisational Skills
  • Chairing meetings
  • Basic financial skills (economics, finance/accounting or fundraising qualifications are desirable).

How To Apply

Candidates must send a CV and letter of application to by 30th September 2018.  Prospective trustees will need to sign a declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from acting as a charity trustee. Candidates will subsequently undergo telephone interview, by arrangement, in the week commencing 8th October 2018.

The minutes of these interviews, as well as the letter of application and CVs will be made available to the voting members of Students for Global Health. Candidates will then be invited to give a 3 minute presentation to the network at the Students for Global Health Autumn Weekend, taking place in Bristol on 20th-21st October 2018. The outcome of applications will be decided by the network at the General Assembly.

Contact Details

More information about Students for Global Health UK can be found on our website,  If you have specific questions regarding this opportunity, please email