Trustees- CBM UK

Trustees- CBM UK

Location:  Flexible but able to attend meetings in London and Cambridge 

Time Commitment:  Approx. 6-10 days p.a. with additional possibility of travel to a CBM project


About the Organisation 

Too many people face poverty, stigma and isolation, denied the chance to go to school or earn a living, just because they have a disability. And every day people lose the ability to see, hear or walk because of conditions that could easily be treated or prevented.

Driven by Christian values, CBM works in the world’s poorest places to reach those whom others leave behind. Working in partnership with Governments and local partners, we create long-term positive change: treating and preventing conditions that can lead to disability and supporting people with disabilities to access education and healthcare, earn a living and be included in their communities.

Our Vision  
An inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential. 

Our Mission  
To transform the lives of disabled people in the world’s poorest communities. Driven by Christian values, we work with disabled people to break down barriers by delivering practical support, improving policy and practice and inspiring the people of the UK to act.   

Our Values
• Challenging injustice
• Making every action count
• Embracing partnership
• Living with integrity


Role and Responsibilities

The Board of Trustees is responsible for overall governance and strategic direction of CBM UK, developing CBM UK’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with its governing documents, and legal and regulatory requirements.

Trustees are accountable to a variety of stakeholders including funders and the Charity Commission; and are responsible for considering the needs and rights of beneficiaries. 
Duties of Trustee

  • To ensure that CBM UK complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and with the prevailing ethics applicable to the charity sector and to the overseas development sector
  • To ensure that CBM UK pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure CBM UK uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: CBMUK must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To approve overall policy, define goals and agree targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of CBM UK
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of CBM UK
  • To ensure the financial stability of CBM UK
  • To protect and manage the property of CBM UK and to ensure the proper investment of CBM UK’s funds
  • To take appropriate professional advice in all matters where there may be material risk to CBM UK, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and monitor her/his performance
  • To maintain confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of the trustee’s involvement with CBM UK
  • To avoid any personal conflict of interest.
  • Chair of the Programmes Committee (for Trustee with International Development experience only).

Other Duties
In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Leading discussions at board meetings on matters in which they have expertise
  • Providing guidance on key issues or the development of new initiatives relating to matters in which they have expertise
  • Ensure active engagement in following how CBM UK’s work is going
  • Offering advice and practical support to the Chair and the board between meetings
  • Profile raising – acting as an advocate of CBM UK
  • Undertaking speaking engagements if required
  • Contributing to CBM UK publications or resources with personal stories, reports, photos of visits to CBM UK events or projects, etc.
  • Visiting CBM UK partners if practicable.

How to Apply

For full Trustee Recruitment Pack please click here. 

We actively encourage people with disabilities to apply. 
Applications in the form of a CV and a covering letter are invited, and should be sent to Trena Battams at 
If you wish to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact CEO Kirsty Smith on

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