UKLGIG, the leading national charity supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system, is seeking a new trustee.
Who are we looking for?
UKLGIG is looking for a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex (LGBTQI+) person who has been through the asylum system, to join our board of trustees.
There are no specific skills requirements but skills or experience in human resources, fundraising, policy work, project/organisation management or the corporate sector would be an asset.
Training and ‘buddying up’ with an existing trustee can be provided to the successful candidate.
This position is open to people who have leave to remain in the UK or UK citizenship. We cannot accept applications from people who are currently seeking asylum or under the age of 16. Candidates must not have been previously disqualified as a trustee or company director, be an undischarged bankrupt or have unspent criminal convictions for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud).
What will you be doing?
Trustees support and shape the work and strategic direction of UKLGIG. Being a trustee is a rewarding role. Trustees have the overall legal responsibility for UKLGIG. They make sure UKLGIG’s finances and resources are well used to implement our mission. Being a trustee is a voluntary position. For more information, see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved
As a small organisation, trustees are also directly involved in supporting staff and volunteers to deliver UKLGIG’s work.
Our 8 current trustees have skills and experience in the asylum process and law, academia, communications, fundraising and finance.
Meetings are held at our offices in central London. Travel costs for trustees based outside London can be reimbursed.
Trustees meet in the evening roughly every 2 months at our offices. Attendance at other ad-hoc meetings and events is also expected. Preparation for the meetings involves a time commitment for detailed reading.
A few more details
UKLGIG is a membership organisation. We require all our trustees to become members (£20/year). Trustees can be co-opted by the board but then have to be confirmed by UKLGIG’s members at the annual general meeting (AGM) in 2020.
Please apply by 9.30 am on Tuesday 30th July 2019 by sending a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an informal interview. Preferred candidates will also be invited to observe a board meeting so that both they and the organisation can feel confident that the role and organisation is right for them.
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) supports LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system. We provide psychosocial support for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum, offer legal information and advice, and campaign for improved policies and practice in LGBTQI+ asylum claims by governments and international institutions. We also train lawyers and other organisations working with LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.
LGBTQI+ people who are seeking asylum face multiple forms of disadvantage. They are often marginalised from diaspora communities due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, and from LGBTQI+ communities because of their immigration status.
In addition to the trustees, we have a full-time Executive Director, a full-time Support Services Co-ordinator, two part-time Asylum Seeker Support Workers, a part-time legal officer and a part-time administrator. We also have a team of volunteers.
Volunteers have always played a crucial role for UKLGIG.
Support volunteers (non trustees) may be involved in answering email or the phone lines, helping with the monthly asylum meetings, assisting support workers by contacting clients or helping with form filling, organising social events or support groups or writing content for the website. The role is varied and you will need to be versatile, able to work as a team and organised.
UKLGIG normally recruits volunteers twice a year.
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