Board Trustees


Meet our current Trustees here

Trustees oversee Refuge’s governance, compliance, strategy and planning. We advise and support the executive team, enabling them to achieve our aims as effectively as possible. Our watchwords are openness, inclusion, challenge and support in equal measure, and we bring a range of different experiences, professional backgrounds and skillsets to this vital work.

We meet as a full Board 4 times a year, theoretically in London; this year’s meetings have of course been undertaken by videoconference, but we hope to come together in person as early as possible in 2021. Issues are scrutinised through a sub-committee structure, which will then recommend a course of action to the full board, and new appointees should expect to be invited to serve on a sub-committee. The minimum requirement of trustees is attendance at Board meetings and one or two away days per year. We hope trustees will also have some availability to join sub-committees and engage in other ad hoc events and training sessions.

For this episode of board recruitment, we would like particularly to encourage interest from those with knowledge and expertise of crime / law enforcement; treasury / accountancy; social / community services; operational experience (including complex multi-site / multi-service (distribution) experience); or the use of technology/ digital tools in service provision. The wider non-executive repertoire – independence of thought, an enquiring mind, commitment to the principles of public life, ability to absorb and interrogate complex information and draw sound conclusions – is non-negotiable. However, we recognise that candidates may exhibit all of these skills and behaviours without yet having held a non-executive role, and would encourage those looking for their first trusteeship to get in touch.

We welcome trustees who reflect the beneficiaries we serve to support across the spectrum of diversity including age, ethnicity and social class.

Download role profile document here

Find out more and apply here