UKLGIG – the thriving leading national charity supporting the rights and dignity of LGBTI asylum seekers, refugees and migrants – needs a trustee with good financial skills and experience, and with a passion for our cause, to take up the role of Treasurer.
UKLGIG has a small staff and packs a big punch. We influence government and international policy relating to the treatment of asylum seekers fleeing persecution due to their sexual or gender identity and we also directly support and assist hundreds of LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK every year.
Our staff and our income are growing and we need another trustee to join our Board as Treasurer with the financial skills to give the Board and our Executive Director, greater financial understanding. But we also want you to contribute with the rest of the Board to our wider strategic planning.
- takes the lead role in ensuring the financial affairs of the organisation are conducted within legal requirements, accounting conventions and good practice
- in partnership with the Executive Director and Finance Sub-Committee, ensures the financial viability and development of the organisation.
Demand for our direct services is increasing at the same time that other services, such as legal representation and counselling and welfare services are under overwhelming pressure. LGBTI asylum seekers face the double disadvantage of being asylum seekers and facing discrimination and exclusion from their own national communities in the UK, many of whom reflect the prejudice or hatred LGBTI people faced back home.
Our expertise and influence are huge and the opportunity to bring about change both in the UK and internationally has never been greater. In the UK the Home Office are getting better on rhetoric but are still weak on delivering a fair and dignified asylum process. Our clients’ experiences of claiming asylum in the UK are often difficult and can be harrowing.
Our reputation is acknowledged and we are backed by great funders but there is a challenge throughout the sector to bring in the income needed every year.
Our Board is currently made up of former clients, asylum lawyers, an international human rights worker and an academic. We have a full time Executive Director and part-time bookkeeper and part-time accountant, as well as support staff for our asylum seeker clients. This year we will be appointing our first in-house lawyer. It is going to be an exciting time and we hope you will want to be there helping make it happen.