Who we are
We exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food. We are part of a global force advocating for animals here and around the world and are empowering more people than ever to take meaningful action to protect those who need it the most. Thanks to our effectiveness, The Humane League has been named Top Charity by the independent evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators for every rating period since 2012.
Whether you are an experienced charity trustee or looking for your first board position; if you believe you can share our commitment for ending the abuse of animals raised for food and have the qualities, knowledge and experience we are looking for, then we’d love to hear from you.
We will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 11th October at 7pm GMT for you to find out more about the role and ask any questions you may have. The webinar will be hosted by Sean Gifford, Managing Director and two of our current Trustees: Ben Wickham and Samantha Batey. If you’re interested, please register here.
For full details on the role of trustees please view our information pack by clicking here before applying.
Who you are
In order for THL UK to achieve the goals in our strategic plan, it has been recognised by the board that we would benefit from board members with several areas of experience. We would welcome hearing from individuals who have experience and a successful track record of:
- Effective Altruism
- Charity governance
Having reviewed existing Trustees’ diversity we would particularly welcome applications from ethnic minorities, disabled people and marginalised groups.
Person specification and requirements for this role
- An alignment to the values of THL UK and to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.
- Understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- Willingness to put in the time and effort required
- Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
- Commitment to moving forward with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices
Strategic thinker: Looks at consequences, implications, interdependencies, and indirect effects, all in both the short and longer term. Looks beyond the immediate goal or issue and with the greater context, not just the content of the moment. Is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations.
Problem solver: Identifies issues, effectively structures problems, analyses information to produce insights and generates wise, actionable recommendations. A forward-looking thinker who anticipates the needs of the organisation.
Effective: Strategically able to focus our energy, resources and talent toward impactful actions that will reduce, and ultimately end, the abuse of animals for food.
Communication and strong interpersonal skills: An exceptional communicator and can adapt to different tones and styles and be able to engage with people from all walks of life.
What the role provides
Trusteeship is a wonderful way of gaining new skills and experience, and a powerful sense of giving something back. Some of the specific benefits of being a trustee include:
- Support and training to develop new skills
- Opportunity to make strategic decisions
- The chance to contribute to creating a kinder, more compassionate world
Board meetings occur at the end of every quarter and are conducted in the evenings (UK time) via 2-hour virtual meetings and therefore willingness to travel is not necessary.
We would expect this voluntary position to account for no more than 2-3 hours per month maximum.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
THL UK is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to furthering equity and inclusion, and we value diversity. We seek people from a wide range of backgrounds who will bring a fresh perspective to the team, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us stronger.
We make employment decisions by matching our organisational needs with the skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, neurodiversity, age, or veteran status.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer, demonstrating our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting disabled people and people with health conditions, based on their skills and talent.
You can read more about how The Humane League UK is working on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion here.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, please contact us via [email protected] and we will be happy to discuss, via email or telephone, reasonable adjustments that you may require throughout the process.
The Interview Process
The closing date for applications is Sunday 29th October 2023. We will be carrying out telephone screening calls from Monday 6th November 2023 and interviews will be held from Monday 20th November 2023. You will be able to attend a board meeting before being voted in.
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