Job Description

BBC Voluntary

We are looking for three new members and are seeking specialists as follows: a grant-giver; a finance specialist; and an international development specialist.


Voluntary role - term of office is 3 years (plus 3 year extension by mutual agreement).

Interviews will be held in London

Job Introduction

Would you like to join the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee?  This committee of experts from the charitable sector was founded by Lord Reith in 1927 to advise the BBC on its work with charities. The AAC continues to advise the Director General and the BBC’s Executive Committee. 

Role Responsibility

The AAC takes an overview (and provides scrutiny where required) of specific fund-raising projects such as Children in Need, Comic Relief, St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, emergency appeals and other projects where funds are raised for charities. They have the knowledge and expertise to ask questions and have a thorough understanding of the current charity landscape.

The AAC selects the charities that are given airtime in the weekly Radio 4 and monthly BBC One Lifeline appeal slots. In 2017/18 these appeals raised over £1.3 million. However, these appeals are not just about raising money, they allow charities to raise their profile amongst BBC audiences. Many of these appeals are for small to medium sized charities, so a robust selection process which looks at the governance and finance of such charities is important for the reputation of the BBC.

 Are you the right candidate

We need to ensure a mix of expertise on the committee and therefore we are looking to recruit one new member with current experience as a grant giver ie from an independent trust or foundation.  We require one member with specialist knowledge of the international development sector and one new member with specialist knowledge in the charity finance sector. 

Candidates should also be or have been a CEO or Senior Executive of a charity.  You need to have sufficient time to give to the work of the committee and an interest in or willingness to learn about broadcast appeals.  Your contract will be for three years, renewable for a further three years by agreement.  The position is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be met.

A list of current AAC members can be found at:

 bbc . co  .uk / charityappeals/ about/appeals- advisory-committee

Closing date: 23 April 2019.