Trustees (BBC Children in Need)

Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are currently seeking to appoint two new Trustees, to replace long standing Trustees who will be leaving the board by September 2021.

In 2020 we celebrated our 40th anniversary, and this is an exciting, fulfilling, opportunity to help guide and shape our strategy and work at an important time in our history. 

One of the roles will help us with establishing and chairing a Development Committee to build on the great work the charity is doing and to help us achieve more. The Development Committee will support the charity through oversight of the income and external engagement strategies

The other role will serve on the Investment Committee and Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK. We are the BBC’s UK charity and our mission is to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and have the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

Our work focusses on supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

Role Responsibility

We expect Trustees to:

  • Be an advocate for Children in Need
  • Support the executive team deliver fundraising and impact ambitions
  • Help build and protect the charity’s reputation
  • Ensure financial sustainability and good governance

We are particularly interested in those looking for a new challenge, passionate about our work with any of the following expertise, experience and skills:

  • Board level leadership within a large, preferably, customer facing commercial enterprise, with commercial, marketing, operational and/or business development experience
  • Commercial finance or banking / investment management
  • Business leaders with a track record of commercial success and proven commitment to organisations and initiatives which deliver social impact
  • All candidates must have significant financial or operational management experience that could inform the balance of our commercial viability with our social purpose

The Ideal Candidate

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the required skills and experience alongside a commercial mindset and the ability to support and enhance BBC Children in Need fundraising and commercial partnerships. You should have a good reputation and network in the sectors within which you operate and be able to demonstrate responsible business development and growth.

These are voluntary, unremunerated, roles, and the expected time commitment is up to a day a month.

We welcome applications from anyone regardless of their age, disability, ethnicity, heritage, sexuality, gender and socio-economic background. We particularly encourage applications from disabled candidates, black, Asian, and minority ethnic candidates, and those from the LGBTQ+ community as these groups are underrepresented within our organisation.

BBC Children in Need operates throughout the UK, and the Charity is seeking to diversify the geographic make-up of the Board and so would particularly welcome applicants from outside of London, including any of the other nations within the UK.

For an informal discussion about the opportunity, or any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, please contact Charles Saccani, BBC Senior Resourcing Advisor - email

To apply for this opportunity, please submit an up-to-date CV with a supporting statement to Charles, as above marked ‘CiN Trustee application’ by Monday 12th April 2021.

Your supporting statement should be no more than 2 pages of A4, specifically describing:

1) Your motivations for applying and what excites you about the role.

2) How you believe your skills and experience will support our ambition to create opportunities for children and young people to thrive.

Selection and interviews will take place across April – June, and with the aim of taking recommendations on appointment to the Board of Trustees in late July. 

Package Description

Band: N/A (Unremunerated Trustee)
Contract type: Voluntary, up to one day per month
Location: N/A

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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