Bond Trustee

Closing date: 1 October 2020
Job Type: Unpaid trustee
Location: London
Bond members and staff rely on the Board’s governance oversight, and place high value on Board members’ commitment to take an active part in discussions and decision-making.


Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond was founded in 1993 with 61 members. Now we unite over 400 organisations, ranging from small specialist charities to large international NGOs with a world-wide presence.

Bond members and staff rely on the Board’s governance oversight, and place high value on
Board members’ commitment to take an active part in discussions and decision-making. It is important that prospective members of the Board are aware of the time commitment involved.

In addition to the legal responsibilities, Bond Board members are expected to:

  • Contribute actively to the Board's role in giving clear strategic direction to the network, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Oversee strategy development to ensure Bond is effective, efficient and financially stable

Bond’s Trustee Board

Bond is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Board members are trustees of the charity and directors of the company. A body of law supervised by the Charity Commissioners regulates the operation of the charity, and company law affects the activities of the company. The duty of a trustee
is to participate with others in the effective governance of Bond.

The Board of Bond consists of up to 12 members, including:

  • Chair
  • Two vice-chairs
  • Treasurer
  • Up to 8 further trustees

Trustees can be elected by the membership or co-opted from within or outside the membership. The Board may consist of up to four co-optees and up to three non-members. Trustees are elected annually at the AGM.


In order to stand for election to the Bond Board, a candidate must be a current employee of a full Bond member (full members are Bond members based in the UK) or a trustee of a full Bond member.

Roles and responsibilities of a Bond Trustee


  • Ensure that Bond fulfils its objects.
  • Ensure that Bond complies with the requirements set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association and meets the requirements of all relevant legislation.
  • Maintain an understanding of members, their issues and needs, and apply this understanding in guiding Bond’s work
  • Provide guidance and instruction to the Chief Executive and staff as required.
  • Monitor the performance of the Chief Executive and his / her team and ensure accountability to members.
  • Attend meetings regularly, prepare for and contribute appropriately and effectively.
  • To use any specific personal knowledge and expertise to help the Board of Trustees provide advice and guidance to staff when requested.


  • To determine the overall strategic direction of the organisation.
  • Consider and approve overall policies covering all aspects of Bond’s work.
  • Ensure that appropriate systems are in place for evaluating and reviewing performance against targets.


  • Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively to its objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.)
  • Ensure there are adequate systems for financial planning, budgeting, recording of income and expenditure, reporting and financial management, including investment and capital expenditure.
  • Review and approve Bond’s long term financial strategy.
  • Review and approve annual budgets covering revenue and capital income and expenditure.
  • Receive regular management accounts covering all aspects of Bond’s financial affairs and monitor the performance indicators against budget and help to instruct the Chief Executive to take any action required to meet budget targets.


  • Assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive and the review of the post-holder’s performance.
  • Assist with the recruitment of new trustees and ensure that the trustee body has the appropriate skills, knowledge, structure, responsibilities and composition to fulfil its purpose.
  • Approve Bond’s people policies.
  • Ensure grievance and disciplinary procedures are in place.

Each trustee should have:

  • A commitment to the organisation
  • An understanding of the core values, beliefs and objectives of the organisation
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their trusteeship
  • Integrity, sound judgement and a willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

The Board’s expectations of the behaviour of trustees are set out in Bond’s Trustee Code of Conduct.

Conflicts of Interest

Trustees have a legal duty to avoid conflicts between their personal interests and those of Bond. In addition, it is important for public confidence that charities are seen to operate to the highest standards of integrity and honesty.

With this in mind Bond has adopted a policy which requires each trustee to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of which they are aware. When appointed, trustees are asked to complete and sign a Declaration of Interests.


Trustees may be asked to represent Bond to members and externally. To that end, trustees have a responsibility to be well informed of the activities of the organisation and to safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.

Time Commitments

There are four meetings of the Board a year, which usually take place in London. Board members are also expected to attend the AGM, the annual conference, and an awayday. In total, a minimum expectation of seven days.

In addition to this, Board members are sometimes requested to attend other Bond events (conferences, Working Groups, sector meetings), represent BOND externally, and meet with staff and member organisations.


The Bond trustee role is unpaid, but Bond is able to reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out these responsibilities.

Region: London and the southeast
Location: London

Application notes

Commitment to Diversity

Bond is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. Bond recognises the value of diversity in all its forms at all levels of the organisation, including at Board level. We celebrate its role in the creation of an inclusive workplace culture and thrive on the range of experience and insight diversity brings to our organisation. We want to increase the diversity of our leadership and particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Bond.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 1 October 2020. We will respond to all applications sent in.

Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.