New Cross, Greater London
Job description

The Charity

RefugeeEd is a charity which works to ensure that children and adults fleeing violence have access to a good education. We support grassroots organisations which work with refugee populations in Greece, providing them with teacher training, education mentoring, and teaching resources.

As a small charity, our trustee board takes an active role in the management and operations of the organisation, and we are looking for a new member to join our friendly and dynamic team.

RefugeeEd was founded just over a year ago, and during this time we have successfully piloted our mentor programme, in which experienced teachers are paired as mentors with grassroots organisations. We have partnered 15 mentors with organisations so far, reaching approximately 3,000 students.

To enable the programme to expand and reach more organisations and students, we have just recruited our first field coordinator, based in Greece, who will be overseeing the programme and managing our relationships with grassroots organisations.

The Role

You will be responsible for ensuring that our governance policies and procedures contribute to the effective, legal, and responsible operation of the charity. As a growing charity, we are keen to ensure our systems and policies provide a solid foundation for all our operations. The Governance Trustee will be responsible for:

  • Researching, developing and implementing robust policies for our operations both in the UK and in Greece
  • Contributing to the strategic direction and transparent working of the charity; including setting key goals and KPIs
  • Developing evaluation and monitoring frameworks to ensure operations effectively align with our mission and vision
  • Supporting our Field Coordinator in ensuring day-to-day operations comply with our policies and goals

Governance procedures offer the foundation upon which organisations operate, and this opportunity will suit someone who is looking to make a major impact with a small, growing charity.


  • The role will suit someone with experience of good governance, particularly within a UK charity context– a charity worker, lawyer, or someone who has experience of governance systems through their own voluntary work
  • The successful candidate will be proactive, well-organised, with a keen eye for detail
  • They will need a lot of self-motivation, and enjoy taking initiative and leading on projects.
  • They will be looking for opportunities to take the lead in a new and growing organisation, and will be interested in improving the quality of education received by refugees.

What difference will you make?

We are a small, growing charity, having been founded less than one year ago. You join us at a particularly exciting time, with our first Field Coordinator in post in Greece and plans to expand our operations. Our existing board has experience in education, fundraising, and in working with vulnerable people, and we're looking for a governance trustee to add a variety of skills and experience to our team. Previously our activities have not required significant expenditure, but as we begin to actively solicit donations and apply for grants, we now need assistance with governance to ensure that we remain accountable to donors.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop their organisational leadership skills. The role would suit anyone who has gained experience as part of a team and would now like the chance to take the initiative and to have significant ownership over a project. You'd be the lead on governance, and so would have significant autonomy and responsibility within your area. It's also a really important cause; although the refugee crisis is no longer in the news, the situation has not improved. Tens of thousands remain stuck in camps, and many more people are arriving every day. We hope that refugeeEd can play some role in enabling these people to gain skills and education.


We are looking to recruit a trustee for a three year term, with an option to renew.

As a trustee we also hope that you will participate in fundraising, promote the work of refugeeEd, and collectively ensure that the board exercises its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. We are looking for trustees who want to use their experience to take a hands-on role in the work of the charity.

We have monthly board meetings as the board is new and we are still establishing our procedures and policies. We are we are aiming to reduce meetings to quarterly with sub-comittee meetings in between over the coming months. Meetings take place in London, but there may be the option of attending remotely. 

We expect the trustee to spend around 3-4 hours per week on this role.

More about RefugeeEd

RefugeeEd works to ensure that children and adults fleeing violence have access to a good education.


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Posted on: 29 August 2019
Closed date: 30 October 2019
Tags: Trustees, Governance