Are you passionate about health justice? Medact is seeking two new Trustees to help oversee our governance and support our work.

About Medact

Medact supports the health community to campaign together towards a world in which everyone can truly achieve and exercise their human right to health. We cover some of the most pressing national and global threats to health and wellbeing including social inequality and racism; climate change; human rights abuses; and conflict and violence. We’re member-led, and our membership spans a range of people who work in health including nurses, doctors, midwives, and clinical researchers.

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed many of the worst elements of injustice and inequity in our society, and it’s vital the progressive movement comes together to ensure a socially-just recovery which centres human and planetary health. Health workers have a uniquely powerful voice, and a key role to play.

Medact seeks systemic solutions to major social problems, and is unafraid to hold decision-makers to account. Ensuring we work to dismantle, and not reinforce, the power structures which lead to injustice and oppression is a key priority for us.

If you share our vision and passion, why not join our Board and help us fight for a fairer world?

About the role

As Board members, our Trustees are collectively responsible for the governance of the organisation in line with the requirements of the Charity Commission. Trustees also contribute to the development of Medact’s strategy and participate in a range of other activities to support the Director and staff with our work.

On average there are five Board meetings per year, which currently are conducted via videoconferencing, and it is expected that each Trustee will attend most Board meetings. Trustees are also sometimes asked to give their views or sign off on issues between Board meetings if an issue cannot wait. It is understood that Trustees’ availability may ebb and flow according to work and other commitments, but it is hoped that each Trustee will have the capacity to use their unique skillset to support the team more broadly with Medact’s work.

Acting as a Trustee is a voluntary role but reasonable travel expenses can be paid.

Who we are looking for

Our current Board brings a broad range of skills, but we recognise that we do not yet reflect the diversity of the health community. There are also specific types of experience and expertise we currently lack, or need more of, on the Board.

In particular, we are looking for potential Trustees with one or more of the following:

  • Front-line experience in a non-medical health role (for instance as a nurse, a midwife, a health visitor)
  • Lived experience of an issue that Medact currently campaigns on, for instance the Hostile Environment; the health impacts of economic injustice or climate change; the health impacts of armed conflict or UK security policies
  • Legal expertise
  • Human resources expertise

We hope all Trustees will:

  • Share our vision for a fairer and safer world, and our analysis of the transformational change needed to get closer to it
  • Approach Board discussions and conversations with the team with an open mind, able to listen to and genuinely engage with others’ views
  • Display collaborative behaviours which promote harmony and good team working which supports Medact to be an effective, well-governed organisation

Previous experience on a charity board or in another governance role is useful but by no means essential. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee but aren’t sure you have the right skills and experience, please do get in touch.

How to apply

Please send a CV and brief cover letter setting out your reasons for wanting to be considered as a Trustee, and what you feel you could bring to Medact, to our Operations Manager Ben on benjaminwalpole@medact.org.

Closing date is 30th November.

Our recruitment principles

Medact aims to be an inclusive and supportive organisation, and we recognise that usual recruitment processes don’t work for everyone. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in the NGO sector, and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have a working class background. If you have any questions or uncertainties about this position, and whether you are right for it, please do get in touch.

We would also appreciate if applicants could complete a copy of our recruitment monitoring form: Recruitment Monitoring Form

Benjamin Walpole
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