Who we are
JUSTICE is a cross-party law reform and human rights charity. Our purpose is to create a UK justice system that is fair, accessible and respects the rights of all. We use our voice to influence and improve policies and practice, while not being afraid to scrutinise and challenge developments in the justice system that threaten the country’s adherence to human rights and the rule of law.
We focus on outcomes and ensure that people and their ability to access to justice is at the heart of what w
Whilst the organisation was founded in 1957, it has been registered as a charity since in 1986 and is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in June 1996. All of JUSTICE’s members are also members of the company. Details of how our governance structure works can be found in our Articles of Association and Regulations.
JUSTICE’s work is overseen by its members – via a Council. It meets twice a year and its President is Helena Kennedy (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws KC) and Vice Presidents are Dominic Grieve KC and Baroness Sarah Ludford. The Council includes prominent members of the legal profession and academic world who are appointed at JUSTICE’s Annual General Meeting, which all members are eligible to attend.
The Board is responsible for effective governance and strategic management of JUSTICE. Board members need a broad mind-set, a demonstrated commitment to the fair administration of justice and an ability to actively support the good governance of the charity.
Board members are elected from the membership.
We have a Board of fifteen, with the possibility of two three-year terms, this year there are four vacancies. We are looking for candidates who have an interest in influencing the future of the justice system. Of particular interest are candidates with experience of either of the following:
1. Charity expertise – to include NGO/Charity management, charity finance and/or risk management.
2. Membership Schemes
3. Fundraising (from private sector organisations, trust and foundations or high net worth individuals)
4. Value impact and evaluation
5. People-centred design (i.e., the experience and knowledge of designing policy around people
6. Business strategy including how to grow the organisation.
The Board is keen to recruit members from diverse backgrounds, including those from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
The Board meets five to six times a year, the meetings are usually hybrid and held in Central London. Five meetings tend to last around 90 minutes and are generally held from 5.30pm onwards; the sixth meeting is a half day ‘Away Day’. Board members are expected to actively participate in sub-committees. Current are sub-committees are focused on Finance, Fundraising and Data Security. We are looking for Board members who are able to commit not only to attending meetings but supporting the charity as required throughout the year, more details can be found in the attached job description.
Board members will be elected by our members at our AGM on 8 November 2023. If you would like to discuss being a Board member or the process, please get in touch with Samantha Burridge [email protected] or 02077626422 by the 13 October 2023.
Please note that, if you are not already a member of JUSTICE, you will need to join in order to stand for election.
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