Trustee Board Member

London

The Conversation Trust UK Ltd

The Conversation Trust UK is looking for three new trustees to help guide, oversee, and support The Conversation’s work. The Conversation Trust UK is the charity that operates the UK edition of The Conversation.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

The Conversation is a not-for-profit educational charity and publisher which delivers news analysis and expert opinion written by academics working with a team of professional editors. The result is a high-quality publication comprising short topical pieces that deliver relevant academic expertise directly to the public.

The Conversation first launched in Australia in 2011 and the UK edition followed in May 2013. There are now also editions in the United States, South Africa, France, Canada and Indonesia. Each territory is run independently by its own charity although there is a high degree of collaboration in areas of core policy and editorial.

The Conversation receives funding from its 85 university members, largely in the UK but also Ireland, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. We have also received grant funding from Research England, UKRI, the Wellcome Trust, the British Council, and 5 Media amongst others. The Conversation’s work is also supported by our readers through donations.

In 2021, the UK edition’s average monthly audience was 5.8m unique users to the website, generating 9.6m pageviews, for a total readership of 14.5m including via republication. Republishing is a vital part of The Conversation’s model – any media outlet may reproduce the articles free of charge under a Creative Commons licence. Since our launch in 2013, 19,000 academics have written 32,000 articles, which have been republished and read in 97 countries and 30 languages.

The Conversation’s UK output can be found at www.theconversation.com/uk

Background

Access to expertise through high-quality, independent journalism is key to a well-functioning democracy. The Conversation is an independent source of news analysis and informed comment written by academic experts, working with The Conversation’s team of professional journalists who help share their knowledge with the world.

The Conversation Trust UK is looking for three new trustees to help guide, oversee, and support The Conversation’s work. The Conversation Trust UK is the charity that operates the UK edition of The Conversation. Its Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the charity, setting its strategy and overseeing its operations. The Board is chaired by Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester.

Role specification

As a Trustee, you will work closely with fellow trustees and staff to make important decisions about The Conversation’s operations and strategy and advise and support our team in doing the best work possible. It meets 4-5 times per year, both in-person and virtually. Some Trustees also serve on subcommittees that meet between Board meetings, and all are encouraged to represent the charity externally. The Trustees are also supported by The Conversation’s Editorial Board.

 As several of our Trustees reach the end of their terms this year, we are looking for up to three new Trustees to join the board in the coming months.

We welcome expressions of interest from anyone who shares our commitment to the democratisation of knowledge and public engagement with research. In particular, we are looking for trustees who bring experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Finance and accounting, to oversee financial planning, risk, and audit for the board.
  • Editorial or journalistic leadership, particularly relating to digital publishing and distribution.
  • Audience development, donations & fundraising.

 

Trustees are asked to commit to a three-year term, which can be extended for a further 3-year period by mutual agreement. Most trustees step down at the end of six years on the board.

 

Given The Conversation’s vision to be an inclusive and diverse organisation, including among our staff and contributors, we would welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly people from Black, Asian, or minority ethnic backgrounds. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, The Conversation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

The Conversation’s UK output can be found at www.theconversation.com/uk

 

Application

To apply, please send a covering letter explaining your interest and relevant skills and experience, and a CV to: [email protected]

If you would like an informal discussion about trusteeship, The Conversation, or need further information, please contact Caitlin Paradise at [email protected] to arrange a time to speak with the Chief Executive.

 

Closing date for applications

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