Trustee - Embrace the Middle East
Embrace the Middle East is an international Christian charity helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice. Our work and the work of our inspiring and courageous Christian partners in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Iraq provide support services for refugees, enable women's empowerment, work for community development and offer emergency humanitarian relief. Sustaining the active and powerful social impact of Christian led NGOs in this amazing and diverse region is what drives us. The challenges are often immense. The sense of purpose is uniquely motivating.
This year marks Embrace’s 170 years of working through sustained, trusting Christian partnerships, making a lasting difference to the lives of the vulnerable across a region facing a host of complex challenges. The recent atrocities in Israel / Gaza have yet again demonstrated the importance of our Gospel inspired work in the Holy Land as we advocate for peace, love, hope and justice.
What will you be doing?
The Embrace Board of Trustees provides good governance and strategic direction of the charity as well as monitoring its operations. Working with Embrace’s senior management the Board ensures that Embrace fulfils it’s charitable purpose as set out in it’s Articles of Association and complies with relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
Trustee appointments are initially for a three-year term, renewable for a maximum of two further terms. Meetings are held four times a year (including a 2-day residential). Board meetings usually take place in central London or at Embrace’s offices in High Wycombe. Depending on the Trustee’s skills and particular areas of interest they will also sit on one of our two committees – Programmes, Partnerships & Engagement and Governance & Resources, which usually meet twice a year. As a member of Embrace’s Board, you will have the potential opportunity to visit Embrace’s Christian partners in the region.
This is an unsalaried volunteer role; however, we pay travel expenses as required.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for Trustees who share a passion for our work and who through their professional experience are able to offer support, guidance and expertise to our CEO and senior management to bring about positive impact and change through the work of our Christian partners.
We welcome senior generalist experience on our Board but having conducted a review of the skills within the current Board membership, we are especially interested to hear from potential trustees with expertise and experience in HR / Safeguarding; Advocacy; Finance and Media / External Communications.
Because of the essential Christian context of the role, and in accordance with our Articles of Association, there is an occupational requirement for Embrace’s Trustees to be practising Christians. They should also be UK based.
How to apply:
To apply for this role,
To express an interest in becoming a Trustee at Embrace the Middle East, kindly send through a completed online application form, via our website Vacancies at Embrace the Middle East — Embrace the Middle East (embraceme.org) and attach a copy of your CV. The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024.
We will contact all applicants after the closing date for applications with shortlisted applicants being invited to an interview which will take place on Monday 18 March and discussion with current members of the Board.
Should you have any questions or wish to informally discuss the position with the Chair of Trustees, please contact Embrace’s Head of HR by emailing email@example.com.
Please note – references will be required for successful applicants and they will also be required to undertake a disclosure check as part of the Charity’s safer recruitment policy.
Closing date for applications: 29 February 2024