Recruiting a new Chair of Trustees

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a dynamic fundraising charity that brings 13 leading UK aid organisations together in times of crisis.  When a major humanitarian emergency strikes, we mobilise unique corporate partnerships through our Rapid Response Network, together with the combined expertise of our member charities, resulting in wide-reaching national appeals across high profile TV, radio and an increasing number of digital channels.  By working together we can raise more money, more cost effectively to save lives and rebuild shattered communities.

We are seeking a dynamic and committed new Chair for the DEC’s prestigious Board of Trustees. The Board brings together the CEOs of the UK’s foremost international humanitarian charities alongside Independent Trustees – leading voices from media, finance, politics and fundraising.

The DEC’s guiding principle is that Together We’re Stronger, and the Chair of this trusted and treasured national institution must lead in the spirit of collective and collaborative action, guided by a firm commitment to humanitarianism. Success in this role lies in unifying the diverse voices of the DEC’s member agencies, key broadcast partners and the RRN towards our clear and shared aims.

The new Chair will be an individual of exceptional calibre who can guide and further enhance the strategic development, best practice governance, public profile and fundraising success of the DEC. They will be able to demonstrate strong intellectual and independent judgement skills, experience of strategic decision-making as well as the ability to chair effectively at Board level.

Up-to-date and relevant senior level experience in the television broadcasting or wider media sector, alongside a strong understanding of and passion for new digital communications channels and social media is highly desirable.

In addition, they will have empathy with, and an understanding of, the international humanitarian/voluntary sector and philanthropy, and an awareness of the changing UK fundraising environment and commitment to best practice and principles.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please click here. The deadline for applications is 9am BST on Monday 25th September 2017.

This position is non-remunerated and the initial term is three years. This can be extended for a further three years. The time required is dependent on the level of disaster appeal activity in any one year but expected to be between 18 and 30 days per year.

The DEC is committed to equal opportunities and encourages applications from anyone who can meet the criteria, regardless of gender, race, age, disability, sexuality or religion.