We're recruiting for new Trustees.

Join our dynamic board.

ADD International is looking for outstanding new trustees to serve on its Board.  We have recently appointed a new CEO (to take up post at the beginning of September) and are also seeking to recruit a new Chair to succeed our present Chair, Saghir Alam, when he completes his full term at the end of 2017.  A number of the current Trustees will in turn complete their full terms during 2018.  There is therefore an exciting opportunity for new Trustees to help shape ADD’s work in the new phase of its work.  

Job Description 

If you need an accessible format please contact our HR department on +44 1373 473 064 or email recruitment@add.org.uk

About ADD International.

ADD International (formerly known as Action on Disability and Development) is a disability rights organisation with 30 years of experience. We fight for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia.

Whether it is visual, hearing or mobility impairments, neurological conditions, intellectual disabilities, albinism or more, we believe it is not the impairment, but the barriers in society, that limit people from reaching their full potential.

We work in areas of extreme poverty alongside disabled people’s organisations run by disability activists at a local and national level, supporting them with the tools and resources to build powerful movements for change. In this sense, we’re an ally to the disability movement.

We have recently appointed a new CEO to take up post at the beginning of September 2017; we aim to appoint our new Chair by December 2017, and are now looking to ensure top class complementary leadership of the Board.

Our vision.

A world where all disabled people are free from discrimination and oppression and have full equality within an inclusive society.

Our mission.

To achieve positive and lasting change in the lives of disabled people, especially those living in poverty.

Five countries.

We work in five countries across Africa and Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.

Role of a trustee.

Trustees will contribute to the development of ADD through:

  • Shaping, sustaining and reviewing ADD’s aims and strategies and ensuring they remain relevant to the vision, purpose and values of the organisation;
  • Offering an external perspective and critical and generative thinking to the board, the chief executive and ADD’s management team;
  • Setting the appropriate culture and ‘tone’ for the organisation which is consistent with its values;
  • Providing appropriate advice and guidance on the operational/delivery implications of policy proposals;
  • Attending board meetings and pre-meetings, chaired by the chair of the trustee board, and serving on committee(s) as appropriate;
  • Providing independent support, guidance and challenge on the performance, progress and implementation of the business (or strategic) plan;
  • Through the chair, holding the chief executive to account for the management of the organisation;
  • Acting as a guardian of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible;
  • Ensuring that ADD complies with all legal, fiduciary and regulatory requirements;
  • Ensuring ADD’s governance is of the highest standard as outlined by the UK charity commission’s standards of good governance;
  • Participating in tasks such as fundraising, policy advocacy, recruitment panels and advice to the chief executive; and
  • Adhering to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Person specification

Ideally we wish to identify candidates with previous experience as a trustee or in a similar non-executive role, and we are in particular looking for experience in the following areas: finance, fundraising, organisational development and communications.

More generally, while we do not expect all candidates to embody all the following attributes, we would welcome applications where an individual has extensive coverage of more than one of the following areas:

  • An understanding and appreciation of disability rights, the respect of dignity of persons with disabilities;
  • Specialist experience as a Treasurer or similar financial expertise
  • Strategic fundraising and communications skills in a UK and/or international context;
  • Strategic understanding of contracting/tendering ideally linked to consortium bids for international development work;
  • Relevant advocacy and policy skills
  • Senior experience in a large mainstream organisation dedicated to fighting poverty;
  • Experience of the corporate sector, and of corporate social responsibility;
  • An appreciation and understanding of good governance and the role of the board;
  • A lived experience of disability;
  • Working in or understanding of the global South – especially developing countries in Africa and/or Asia – knowledge of one of ADD’s main countries is particularly welcome (Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sudan, Uganda or Tanzania);
  • Understanding of development, policy, influencing, evaluation and capacity-building ideally including on disability and development; and
  • Organisational development and change management skills.

Personal criteria

  • Appropriate personal motivation to act as a trustee, sensitivity to the nature of the responsibilities, and understanding/empathy with the values and aspirations of ADD;
  • Ability to question intelligently, think strategically, debate and dialogue constructively, challenge rigorously, bring independence of  thought and decide dispassionately;
  • Ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside of the board and to work well with difference, be a team player and gain the trust and respect of other board and senior management team members;
  • Ability to seek and obtain full and satisfactory answers within the board;
  • Openness to reflect and learn as a trustee;
  • Willingness to devote time, enthusiasm and effort to the duties and responsibilities of a trustee; and
  • Desirable: willing, if required, to visit ADD’s programmes overseas.

ADD seeks diversity in all aspects of governance and employment.  We wish to ensure fair gender balance of the board and that as far as possible the Board is representative of the communities it serves. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide references. 

Time commitment

Trustees may serve for up to two terms of four years each.

ADD uses teleconferencing and emails wherever possible. Trustees will be expected to commit up to 10-12 days a year.  These will include attending two, 2-day UK-based board meetings per annum (currently held in the UK at our Frome and London offices in May and November), alongside telephone conferences during the year for the relevant board sub-committee/s they join.

The board currently has four sub-committees: finance and human resources, fundraising, international development, and policy and development. There is also a separate sub-committee comprising the chairs of each of the sub-committees, ADD’s Chair and Deputy Chairs. The 10-12 days include attendance at board and other meetings, and dealing with paperwork out of committee. Trustees will be expected to be familiar with all the papers in advance of each meeting; to devote the necessary time to the affairs of their committee/s; and to undertake familiarisation visits and seminars elsewhere as necessary.

Trustees will also be encouraged to play where needed an external facing ambassadorial role for the organisation, and to join the wider social and representational activities of ADD including fundraising.


There is no remuneration for this voluntary role but reasonable expenses are covered including travel to and in the UK as required.

The application process.

We need to appoint a number of Trustees by the early part of 2018.  A panel nominated by ADD’s Board will oversee these appointments.

How to apply.

Interested applicants should send the following attachments by email:

  • Their CV (max 3 pages)
  • Covering letter (max 1 page)
  • Completed equal opportunities form (at the end of this application form)

These should be sent to recruitment@add.org.uk 

Deadline for submitting applications:  9 October 2017

Shortlisting and appointing candidateS.

The panel will decide shortlisted candidates, who will be invited to a discussion with the panel (this may be done by phone or Skype).  The panel will then make their final recommendation to the Board for approval.

Wherever possible, shortlisted candidates will be offered the opportunity to learn more about ADD International at first hand through informal discussion with Trustees or senior management.

Where relevant, the fares and reasonable expenses of shortlisted candidates will be reimbursed.  


The planned timetable for the process is:


  • July: the positions are advertised and recruitment packs made available.
  • 9 October: closing date for applications.
  • 6 November: shortlisting completed and all candidates will be notified of the outcome.
  • In week 20 November: shortlisted candidates to be offered formal discussion with the panel.
  • By week beginning 4 December:  all shortlisted candidates will be notified of the final outcome.


We are keen to promote strong principles of equality and diversity and would welcome applications from all backgrounds. Disabled people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Who would you be working with?

Meet our staff and trustees.

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The next five years.

Our strategy drives our actions.

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Disability activists.

They're at the heart of our work.

some pretty useful resources for you.

ADD International fights for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in extreme poverty throughout Africa and Asia. Find out more.

The global disability crisis

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Our Mission

Our approachHow we support disability activists

Working locally. Changing lives globally. Read more.

Our Theory of Change

What are the building blocks that make change happen in the lives of disabled people? See how we make an impact.

Our Story

For nearly 30 years we at ADD have devoted our passion and programmes to standing alongside disabled people living in extreme poverty.