Trustee and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

Application Closing Date
25th November 2020 23:59 GMT

The Privacy International Board seeks to recruit a Treasurer with senior financial management or audit experience, to chair the Finance and Audit Committee and provide strategic guidance for the internal finance function at Privacy International.

About Privacy International

Privacy International is a UK registered charity. Our charitable objectives are to promote the human right of privacy (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) throughout the world, specifically:

  1. To raise awareness of, to conduct research about, and to provide educational materials regarding threats to personal privacy;
  2. To monitor and report on surveillance methods and tactics employed against individuals and groups;   
  3. To work at national and international levels toward the provision of strong and effective privacy protections;   
  4. To monitor the nature, effectiveness and extent of measures to protect privacy, and to seek ways through information technology to protect personal information.   

The Board has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that Privacy International maintains its institutional integrity while advancing its mission, values and mandate.  

Primary duties: 

The primary responsibility of the Board is to provide strategic leadership for the organisation by formulating and regularly reviewing its strategic aims in consultation with the senior staff, setting overall policy, regularly evaluating the charity's performance and ensuring that it complies with UK law.  

As a member of the Board, each individual has responsibilities that include:  

  • Making and reviewing major policy decisions, especially when they involve significant risks or shifts in direction.   
  • Providing guidance to the Executive Director as s/he develops PI’s strategic and annual work plans, and ultimately considering and adopting those plans.   
  • Approving PI’s annual budget, monitoring the financial health and integrity of the organisation by reviewing quarterly financial materials including the budget to actual reports, and audits (including management letters), ensuring that adequate financial controls are in place and approving decisions involving major financial obligations.   
  • Appointing the Executive Director and assessing his/her annual performance.  
  • Maintaining constructive relationships with the staff of the organisation, consistent with the general principle that the Executive Director supervises and is responsible for the work of the staff.  
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the organisation’s work and ensuring PI’s overall programme is consistent with its mission, values, focus and priorities.   

Board members are expected to

  • Regularly attend Board meetings;   
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings;   
  • Serve as an active member of committees or task forces;   
  • Take on and fulfil special assignments as assigned by the Board and/or the Chair;   
  • Use specific skills, knowledge and expertise to help the board members reach collective sound decisions;   
  • Ensure systematic, open and fair procedures for the recruitment/cooption of Board members and Chair;   
  • Serve as an advocate for the organisation as required, including for specific issues or events;   
  • Work to establish links and access to, and credibility with, key constituencies; introducing staff members to significant individuals and institutions;   
  • Board members will consider PI a philanthropic priority and will be expected to contribute to PI’s fundraising efforts as assigned by the Board.     

Privacy International's Board of Trustees meets four times a year, including one full Away Day. Meetings take place in London and occasionally we might be able to cover travel. However, Board members based outside of the UK have the option of participating by teleconference.   

The fulfilment of Trustees' duties is unlikely to exceed 10 hours per month, more if serving on one of the Board’s committees.  

Treasurer role

Required for this role

  • Charity finance: Demonstrates excellent financial analysis skills, preferably at a senior strategic level, having led a finance function, or sat on the board of a charitable organisation. The Treasurer will need to be a qualified accountant (charity SoRP experience is strongly desirable)
  • Trustee ready: Sitting on a trustee board requires the ability to take a more advisory approach than in executive roles. If you have not previously held any trustee or non-executive positions, you should demonstrate a track record of influencing the direction of your organisation at board level. If you already have significant trustee or non-executive experience, please detail this.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the organization and its aims and objectives.  
  • An appropriate and diverse set of skills, including members with experience in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, NGO operations, communications and charity law.   

Desired for this role

  • Knowledge of technology, global diversity, human rights law and civil liberties, consumer policy/protection, working with vulnerable groups, development, entrepreneurship or knowledge of business. 

Privacy International wishes to extend the diversity of its Board and applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

If you would wish to apply, please send your CV and supporting statement by 25 November 2020 to our retained Consultant at TPP Recruitment: Brigitte Stundner, Leadership & Governance Consultant:

The Board’s Nominations Committee will be holding interviews during the week of 07 December 2020.