Trustee with Community/Volunteering Development experience – Deadline: 31 Dec 2023

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that the British Pilgrimage Trust achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that the British Pilgrimage Trust has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and challenge the executive team to enable the British Pilgrimage Trust to grow and thrive, and through this, achieve our mission.

Board members have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals. 

What we are looking for

We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board. 

Personal skills and qualities

  • Strong network in Heritage, Countryside Development and Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion. 
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
  • Willingness to lead according to our values
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Professional Experience

  • Communities/audience development. Audience development or outreach expertise gained through the successful engagement of a wide range of different communities or geographic areas. Experience of working strategically and operationally with some complexity in the field of EDI.
  • Volunteering. Experience of delivery of volunteering programmes, particularly of geographically diverse and remotely managed individuals. 


  • Communities/audience development
    • Provide strategic oversight in the creation and implementation of our communities strategy, including our Route Champion network and stakeholder engagement
    • Support the team in developing their individual and collective understanding of best practice in engaging and establishing relationships with different communities, such as faith groups, different socio-economic backgrounds 
  • Volunteering
    • Provide strategic oversight in the development of our volunteering programme to deliver core strategic objectives in income generation and engagement. 
    • Provide guidance and best practice for volunteer retention, development and investment 
  • General
    • Support and provide advice on the British Pilgrimage Trust’s purpose, vision, goals and activities. 
    • Approve operational strategies and policies, and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
    • Oversee the British Pilgrimage Trust’s financial plans and budgets and monitor and evaluate progress. 
    • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
    • Ensure that key risks are being identified, monitored and controlled effectively.
    • Review and approve the British Pilgrimage Trust’s financial statements.
    • Provide support and challenge to the British Pilgrimage Trust’s Director in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
    • Keep abreast of changes in the British Pilgrimage Trust’s operating environment.
    • Contribute to regular reviews of the British Pilgrimage Trust’s own governance. Attend Board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
    • Use independent judgement, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect the British Pilgrimage Trust’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third party interests.
    • Contribute to the broader promotion of the British Pilgrimage Trust’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge and contacts.

As a small charity, there will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond Board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Terms of appointment

Terms of office

  • Trustees are appointed for a 3 year term of office, renewal for 2 further terms to a maximum of 9 years.
  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Time commitment

  • Attending 4 Board meetings annually. Currently meetings are held in person in central London
  • Ad-hoc interactions with the Director and other members of the team