Consortium Trustees

Location: London / Remotely
Closing Date: 4th Oct 2021

Employment Type: Volunteer

We are at a critical time in the development of the LGBT+ voluntary and community sector. As we begin to emerge from the harsh but necessary actions resulting from Covid-19, we will begin to see where our communities need support the most.

We are committed to improving representation from under-represented groups throughout the organisation and we believe that the Board should be representative of our very diverse membership. We are mindful that we lack Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic / People of Colour representation on our Board. With that in mind, we are particularly keen to hear from people with an understanding and appreciation of the specific issues faced by those who might experience racism, including from personal lived experience. Appointments will be based on merit.

We are also specifically seeking a trustee to undertake the role of treasurer. For this role, it is a desire that applicants will have some finance background and ideally a financial qualification/registration.

About Consortium

We are a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation. We work to strengthen and support over 500 LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects across the UK so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights. Our work and continuing ambition is to strengthen the sector across four core areas:

•  Membership & Engagement: supporting our members so that they can deliver vital support and services.
•  Collaboration & Networks: connecting the sector and leading it in innovative and sustainable ways of working.
•  Voice & Communication: consulting with and listening to our members and making sure their voices are amplified.
•  Grant Giving: securing funding to provide grants to LGBT+ third sector organisations and projects across the UK.

Please read the Trustee Recruitment Pack below for more information.

Who we are looking for

We are recruiting two new board members who can help support and drive forward our strategic vision over the coming years.  You will bring curiosity, positivity, energy and a collaborative spirit to the trustee role. Most of all, you will share our ambition for a flourishing and diverse LGBT+ third sector.

At least half of our Board must work or volunteer for a member organisation.  We are very keen to hear from you if you work or volunteer for one of our member organisations.

We firmly believe that our Board should be representative of our Member organisations and we are mindful that we lack Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicity / People of Colour representation on our Board. With that in mind, we are particularly keen to hear from people with an understanding and appreciation of the specific issues faced by those who might experience racism, people, including from personal lived experience.

 If you have not been a trustee before, please do not be deterred. We offer a range of support in your trustee journey including an induction, ongoing training opportunities and a ‘buddying’ system with an existing member of the Board. We are a friendly and approachable group of people.

The role of trustees

Trustees are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation, and there are certain roles and responsibilities that all trustees are legally required to undertake. Being a trustee is a voluntary role, but we do pay reasonable travel and expenses.

How to apply

Please read the Trustee Recruitment Pack for more information and to find out how to apply. However, if you would prefer to have a chat about the opportunity first, do get in touch! If you have a disability and require assistance, please let us know by contacting Paul, our CEO on:

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 4th October 2021. Interviews will take place digitally during the week commencing 11th October 2021. After interview, the successful candidate will be invited to attend a trustee meeting.

The final decision for appointment of new trustees rests with the Board as a whole and will be made at the end of that meeting.

To apply, please complete the form below and provide the following supporting documents:
•  A cover letter (of no more than two sides of A4), outlining why you think you’re right to be a trustee of Consortium
•  An up-to-date CV
•  A completed Skills Audit Survey

Equity & Inclusion

We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups, including trans and non-binary people, people from BAME (Black, Asian, Minoritised Ethnic) communities, People of Colour, women, and people who are older (50+). We recognise the use of terms such as BAME/PoC reflect a diverse range of people and communities. We use it as inclusively as possible to reflect people from communities who experience racism.

Equity is crucial to the success of our team and work. We don’t want any barriers to applying so if you want to discuss particular aspects of our approach, or get a better understanding of whether Consortium is right for you, then please contact Paul, our CEO on:

Application Documents

•  Trustee Recruitment Pack
•  Trustee Recruitment Process
•  Skills Audit

Application Form

  • Section 1: Personal Details

  • Section 2: Supporting Documents

  • Please ensure your cover letter outlines why you think you’re right to be a trustee of Consortium. No more than two sides of A4 please.
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Please ensure your CV is up-to-date.
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • The Skills Audit Survey can be downloaded here
    Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • Section 3: Trustee Eligibility and Responsibility

  • By completing and signing this form, you declare that, if successful in being recruited as a Trustee for Consortium, you:
    • are willing to act as a trustee of The Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations (also known as Consortium)
    • understand Consortium’s purposes (objects) and rules set out in its governing document
    • are not prevented from acting as a trustee because you:
      • have an unspent conviction for one or more of the offences listed here*
      • have an IVA, debt relief order and/or a bankruptcy order
      • have been removed as a trustee in England, Scotland or Wales (by the Charity Commission or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)
      • have been removed from being in the management or control of any body in Scotland (under relevant legislation)
      • have been disqualified by the Charity Commission
      • are a disqualified company director
      • are a designated person for the purposes of antiterrorism legislation
      • are on the sex offenders register
      • have been found in contempt of court for making (or causing to be made) a false statement
      • have been found guilty of disobedience to an order or direction of the Charity Commission
  • Please type your full name to digitally sign your application.

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