Trustees in Fundraising and Human Resources

Contract: Initially for 3 years with the potential to be reappointed for a further 3 years

Closing date: Midday on 15th December 2019

Interviews: Telephone or face to face held in January 2020

Location of board meetings: Usually in Peterborough

Could you be a member of Shine’s Board of Trustees?


We are looking for two new Trustees in Fundraising and Human Resources
Join us for an exciting opportunity to make a difference...  

Use your experience of strategic management to help drive and support Shine’s strategic direction and on-going success in making a difference to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions.

In return, these roles will provide you with an opportunity to put your skills and expertise to use in a different context, and ‘give something back’.   It will help to fulfil your organisation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and add a new dimension to your CV.  You will learn more about the work of a national charity, and the successes and challenges a charity has in ensuring that the resources, processes and best practice are in place to deliver services which make a difference.  

About the role

Shine is led by its Board of 10 Trustees, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity.    As a Shine Trustee, you will have the opportunity to make a valuable and important contribution to our current work and future direction.

Shine is seeking to recruit two new lead Trustees in Fundraising and in Human Resources.  

As a lead Trustee, you will play a key role in supporting Shine’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team to develop and implement the charity’s strategy and advise them in your area of expertise.

About Shine

Shine is the only organisation with a membership of over 11,000 individuals, that works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide information, support and advice to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions.   We work to raise awareness, educate professionals, and influence key policy and practice to ensure that our members have improved access to specialist services and treatment.  

Time Commitment – and our Commitment to You

The role is an important role and requires approximately 6 days a year, of which 4 days will be on fixed dates for Committee meetings.   These dates will be planned well in advance.  We encourage active participation, and Trustees often give more time.  There are currently four one-day Board of Trustee meetings a year, usually held in Peterborough.   You will be invited to attend occasional events to support Shine, and asked to provide support and advice when appropriate.

The successful candidate would serve initially for 3 years with the potential to be reappointed for up to a further two term of 3 years after that.

This is an unpaid role, but expenses are paid for attendance at Board meetings and other Trustee activities. Some employers encourage and enable trusteeship as part of wider career development and corporate social responsibility.

We will give you a full induction and ongoing support and development in this role.

 What we hope you’ll bring to this role

  • A demonstrable commitment to Shine’s aims, values and work is essential.
  • Expertise, skills and credibility in high-level strategy development
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship-building abilities.
  • An ability to contribute significantly to the work of the Trustees.
  • Strong leadership and chairing skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • Sound technical accounting and financial skills
  • Proven experience of financial management at a senior level is essential
  • Experience of overseeing risk management and assurance
  • Good coaching skills to support the Director of Finance and Operations

Key dates

  • Closing date is 15th December 2019
  • Telephone or face to face interviews will be held in January 2020
  • Successful appointees will be invited to attend their first Board meeting on 10th March 2020.

Further information 

For further detail on the role description, please read the job description below or contact Kate Steele CEO on 07767 376384 or and browse Shine's website.

To apply

Please submit a CV and covering letter to Steve Ellen on by 12th December 2019

Click here to view the Lead Trustee in Fundraising job description

Click here to view the Lead Trustee in Human Resources job description

Donate Become a member