Trustees of JRSST Charitable Trust (JRSST-CT)

Location: York and London

Salary: Unremunerated

Application deadline: Midday, Wednesday 12 June 2019

JRSST-CT (charity number 247498) was set up by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd (JRRT) in 1955 with broad charitable purposes in line with the Quaker and liberal values of our founder, Joseph Rowntree. Its registered activity is: “undertaking or supporting work which relates specifically to supporting the development of an increasingly democratic and socially just society in the United Kingdom”. JRSST-CT is led by a voluntary Board of Trustees supported by a small team of staff predominantly based in York.

Our main activity is grant making for education, research, engagement, campaigning, convening and polling. Our grant making is by invitation.

The Role

We are recruiting three new Trustees to the JRSST-CT Board, who will work alongside four Trustees who also sit on the Board of JRRT. We are keen to broaden the skills, perspectives and diversity of the Board as we shape a new strategy for JRSST-CT.

A deep concern about the state of democracy in the UK today and a passion for speaking truth to power are essential. We particularly value the ability to combine independent thinking and ability to challenge constructively, with the capacity to collaborate and build a shared vision. All candidates must be able to demonstrate their values are liberal and progressive with a focus on enabling change. Experience of charity governance, charity campaigning or a research background would be an additional benefit.

JRSST-CT values diversity and promotes equality. We welcome applications from everyone but are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented on the Board, including people from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background and disabled people.

Trustees will be appointed for an initial three-year term with the possibility of extension by mutual agreement.

Trustees will generally meet twice a year in York with occasional additional meetings, for example for strategic review.

Trustees’ reasonable expenses (including for travel to Board meetings and overnight accommodation where required) are paid, but the role itself is without remuneration.

For more information, please download our Candidate Pack 

Application deadline: Midday, Wednesday 12 June 2019

To apply:

Please send the following to

  • An up-to-date CV 
  • A supporting statement (maximum 2 pages), that outlines your interest in the role and your fit against the criteria set out in the Person Specification
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form.

Interviews will be held on Monday 24 June 2019 in York or London

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.
The Garden House, Water End, York, YO30 6WQ
Tel: 01904 625744 | Fax: 01904 651502 | E-mail:

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