London, Greater London
Job description


Kaleidoscope Trust is a small but prominent charity, working skilfully and vigorously for the human rights of LGBT+ people internationally. We are looking for two new trustees with relevant experience and commitment to join the Kaleidoscope Trust Board of Trustees and to help us to successfully navigate the significant challenges presented by COVID-19. 


The role: 

This is an important role in a small, creative and influential NGO and a unique opportunity for you to join us at a time of change. Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we face new pressures on income and the need to drive down costs and increase and diversify our funding streams. 

The Board numbers 12 people, the role is unpaid and is for a term of three years, renewable for a further three. The move towards smaller Boards across the charity sector has been accompanied by an expectation from the Charity Commission that Board members will commit to all Board meetings. Ours take place every three months (usually in Central London but currently they are over Zoom) and we have a strategic away-day once a year. There is plenty of scope for greater involvement than this minimum. 


Qualities and skills we need: 

There is no standard model for the kind of person we are looking for, although backgrounds and experience of particular relevance will be: involvement in fundraising; knowledge of development issues; experience of working in countries where LGBT+ rights are challenged or denied; or a public affairs background. 

We are looking for new Board members who will contribute their creativity, enthusiasm, expertise and time to supporting the dedicated but small executive team with ideas, brainstorming and helping us to open doors and to widen the charity’s support base. 

We are particularly interested in speaking to innovative and entrepreneurial individuals who may have the following expertise: 

  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices (corporate and philanthropic giving, as well as trusts and foundations would be valuable). 
  • An understanding of the challenges facing small UK charities in maximising income streams and donor cultivation in challenging times. 
  • Knowledge relating to finance, accounts and financial compliance. 
  • Knowledge and ability to advise on matters relating to procurement and supplier contracts. 
  • Good working knowledge of governance and regulatory compliance within the UK charity sector and experience of monitoring compliance issues, e.g. Charity Governance Code, GDPR, Health & Safety Executive guidance, Safeguarding. 
  • Experience embedding risk awareness into an organisation. 

Kaleidoscope Trust is committed to equality and diversity and we particularly encourage applications from women, all sections of the LGBT+ community and Black and minority ethnic communities. 


Please note: 

- All Board members at Kaleidoscope Trust serve in a voluntary capacity. 

- Reasonable expenses will be paid. 

- Commitment will include evening meetings over Zoom during the pandemic, or in Central London once deemed safe to do so. 


How to apply: 

Please send a completed Recruitment Monitoring and Analysis Form, your CV and a 2-page covering letter explaining (i) your interest in joining Kaleidoscope Trust and (ii) your relevant experience as per the skills and competencies outlined above. Please title your communication: ‘Vacancy: Trustee’ and email through to info[at]kaleidoscopetrust[dot]com. 

Closing date: 31 July 2020 23:29 BST 

Interviews: via Zoom on week commencing 10th August 

Start date: 15th October (the date of our next Board meeting) 

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Kaleidoscope Trust

Established in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (... Read more

Posted on: 10 July 2020
Closed date: 01 August 2020
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