Ideal time commitment: approx. 10-15 hours per month; flexible.
Responsible to: Chair of the Trustee Board.
Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.
There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:
- Outreach work with other Prides, LGBT organisations and bi organisations – our consultation work with local Prides, the UK Pride Organisers Network and local and national LGBT organisations works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well.
- Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021, we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022.
- Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them.
Bi Pride UK’s Trustees form the Trustee Board (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and further Trustees responsible for individual teams). All Trustees hold legal responsibility for the effective governance of Bi Pride UK as a registered charity; this includes sound financial management of the charity’s assets and the careful determination of actions and activities in accordance with Bi Pride UK’s charitable objectives. Trustees meet at least monthly by conference call, and work as a whole to hold and determine the strategic direction of the charity. The Trustees work as a unit to meet these responsibilities, and each Trustee also works with their assigned team to turn strategic plans into delivery of Bi Pride UK’s charitable activities. Trustees may also be called upon to carry out other responsibilities as required by the charity (within their own capacity to do so).
This Trustee will have experience of working in a diversity and inclusion capacity, particularly focused on identifying barriers to participation experienced by different marginalised groups and seeking lived experience input to addressing these barriers. They will be working with our Head of Inclusion and Access and the wider Inclusion and Access team to assess both organisational and programmatic participation and engagement, and identify initiatives to increase the diversity of voices and experiences designing, delivering and benefitting from the work that Bi Pride UK delivers. This team also includes supporting the events team to ensure that all events Bi Pride UK delivers are as accessible as possible.
The Representation and Inclusion Trustee’s responsibilities will include:
- Overseeing the Head of Inclusion and Access and supporting them to identify issues to be improved;
- Supporting with recruitment of volunteers for the Inclusion and Access team;
- Taking on specific portfolios of work relevant to their experience and expertise;
- Working with our Head of Inclusion and Access to ensure effective strategic and budgetary oversight;
- Working with the Inclusion and Access team to build relationships with externals who can help us to improve;
- Triaging strategic access and inclusion related queries and referring queries to the Board where appropriate;
- Bringing a critical voice around barriers to representation and access to Board-level strategic discussions.
As a member of the Trustee Board, the Representation and Inclusion Trustee will also:
- Represent Bi Pride UK through networking opportunities with key external stakeholders;
- Support other Bi Pride UK Trustees and volunteers to ensure that the charity delivers on its objectives.
Trustees volunteer remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Our Trustee meetings and Trustees and Heads meetings take place via conference call on the third Monday evening of every month. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.
We are looking for someone with the following experience and skills:
- Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- An understanding of the needs of people and communities in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
- Strong time management, organisational and administrative skills;
- Some understanding of governance and charity management topics;
- Experience of facilitating diverse participation, at both an operational and a strategic level;
- Some experience of building strategies for engaging underrepresented or marginalised groups;
- An understanding of how exclusion manifests itself in a structural and systemic manner;
- Some knowledge of the landscape and histories of bi communities in the UK would be desirable;
- Some understanding of charity finances and financial management;
- Experience of developing organisation-wide strategic thinking and planning;
- Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
The Representation and Inclusion Trustee will need to declare any current conflicts of interest.
The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.