Join our growing team of Trustees

Our trustees play a vital role in making sure that Asylum Justice achieves its goals. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that Asylum Justice has a clear strategy and that our work and objectives are in line with our vision.

Board members have a collective responsibility. This means that trustees always act as a group and not as individuals and in the interests of our organisation’s aims and values.

The duties of a trustee are as follows:

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive (if the charity employs staff)

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

What we are looking for

We are recruiting up to three voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees at a crucial time in Asylum Justice’s development. Our new Trustees will have experience in one or more of the following areas: 

  • A personal experience of living in the UK as a refugee, asylum seeker, or migrant. 
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Asylum & human rights law.

Whether you’re an experienced trustee, or someone putting yourself forward for the first time, we want to hear from you. 

While we are based in Cardiff, if you are living in a different part of Wales or the UK, and think you can offer us the experience we need, then we encourage you to apply. Our meetings take place online, so there are no obstacles to applying if you live outside of Wales.

As a New Trustee you will receive: 

  • Induction training with existing trustees
  • Opportunities to make strategic decisions & develop new skills 
  • The chance to help a growing organisation providing front-line support.

Time Commitment

Asylum Justice Trustees meet 6 times a year, usually at 5.30pm on a Wednesday or Thursday every couple of months, including an additional Annual General Meeting usually held in October. Summary documents are provided ahead of these meetings, and trustees are also invited to participate in sub-groups for specific issues which are voluntary.

How to Apply

For more information about our work see https://www.asylumjustice.org.uk/.

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role, please contact our Chair, Bernie Rainey at b.rainey@asylumjustice.org.uk

To apply to become a trustee of Asylum Justice, please download the document below, fill in the information at the bottom of the document, and attach it as an email to b.rainey@asylumjustice.org.uk with “Trustee Application” as the email heading.

If you cannot download the document, please email b.rainey@asylumjustice.org.uk and request it. 

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Thursday 29th February, 2024 

If you are shortlisted for the role, you will be invited to an online interview in the week of the 4th March (subject to confirmation) with a panel that will include our Chair of Trustees Bernie Rainey and one other trustee. We look forward to hearing from you.