Vacancy for Trustees

Trustee opportunities at Transaid

Would you like to use your expertise to guide the important work of a UK development organisation?

Background

Transaid is an international development organisation which transforms lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport.

Founded by Save the Children, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, Transaid shares 25 years’ worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners including civil society organisations and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.

We are passionate about making a difference to lives in the countries where we work and our strategy (2017-2020) reflects our commitment to delivering high quality impactful programmes. For more information please see the Transaid strategy overview here.

We transform driver training – We work with partners and governments to build the capacity of large commercial vehicle driver trainers to deliver training to the highest possible standard appropriate to the countries where we work. Our driver training programmes improve the competency of drivers, make vehicles safer and reduce the risk of death and injury on the road.

We transform standards and systems: we work with governments and other organisations to create and promote far-reaching improvements to driving standards, including curricula development. We also develop transport management systems with partners to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the management and maintenance of fleets of vehicles.

We transform rural access to vital services – We enable women, children, and men in rural communities to reach health services where challenges exist to accessing healthcare. We build on existing transport systems strengthening what is already in place. Our work includes the development of community managed Emergency Transport Schemes to enable pregnant mothers with complications and children with malaria to access to health services. We also help community health workers reach the families who need their services most through improving their mobility and access to transport.

We are currently working in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Transaid is seeking to attract talented new board members who can support Transaid’s growth and impact.

Role Description

This role is an opportunity to get a board level insight into this well-supported and growing organisation, to share responsibility for its good governance and contribute to its future direction.

We are looking for trustees who possesses integrity, strategic vision, strong business acumen and a passion and commitment to support the least supported.

Trustees serve Transaid by contributing their time and expertise to help set and oversee the strategic direction of the organisation. They also support and hold to account the leadership team, by reviewing plans and performance and any major issues bearing on the wellbeing of the organisation. It is the Trustees’ responsibility to formally approve the budget, annual report and accounts. The Trustees are also encouraged to represent Transaid in an ambassadorial and fundraising capacity.

The following skills and experience have been identified as current priorities for Transaid:
o Financial management
o Charity governance
o HR
o Understanding of the transport and logistics sector
o International development expertise and experience

Transaid is currently seeking two to three trustees, ideally two of which would join finance and management committee in addition to the main Board of Trustees.

Time Commitment

Transaid has four Board meetings a year. Board members are expected to prepare for, attend and actively participate in these meetings. Members of the finance and management committee would be expected to attend a further four meetings a year in London.

Trustees are encouraged to take a critical stance and to challenge the status quo to ensure that Transaid’s work is well governed and is as impactful as possible. Trustees are also expected to support the senior management team in certain projects, initiatives or areas in which they have specialist skills, knowledge or experience.

Trustees are a legal requirement under UK charity law and are accountable to ensure good governance of the organisation. Please note that Transaid Trustee positions are not remunerated in accordance with UK Charity Commission guidelines. Expenses are generally only paid from trustees from low or middle-income countries.

For more information please visit www.transaid.org.

To apply, please send your CV (max 3 pages) and a cover letter to info@transaid.org.

If you have any questions about the role or the process, please contact info@transaid.org and ensure the subject is marked ‘Trustee recruitment’.

View the .pdf version of the job description here