Vacancies: Board appointments of Vice Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Independent Trustee

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

The DEC is seeking to appoint three independent trustees to its Board, which is composed of the CEOs of our 14 member charities and six independent trustees. Together they provide the DEC with humanitarian sector leadership as well as objectivity, rigour and guidance. To enable the DEC to become more informed, strategic, creative, diverse and representative of the British public, we encourage applications from more Black, Asian, and minority ethnic leaders. 

The independent trustees are not expected to be experts in humanitarian aid and will ideally join the Board in March 2022. The three appointments are:

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair joins the Chair in key meetings, helps set the Board agenda, deputises for the Chair and, critically, chairs the Membership and Accountability Committee that oversees DEC and member charity performance, learning, accountability, safeguarding and governance issues. The Vice Chair maintains a strong working relationship with the Charity Commission and plays a key role in ensuring consistent protection of the DEC’s reputation, brand and values across the organisation. The Vice Chair is also responsible for reviewing membership and overseeing the appointment of independent trustees.

This role requires someone with excellent chairing skills, wise judgement, clear objective thinking and experience navigating complex challenges and making difficult decisions whilst remaining calm. The time commitment required is the equivalent of 8-10 days plus an additional 5-8 days as requested per year. Willingness to be available during a pressured period is essential. 

Honorary Treasurer

The Honorary Treasurer advises the Board on all financial matters, internal control, and risk management and chairs the Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee. The Honorary Treasurer also leads the DEC’s relationship with banking and audit partners. The role includes negotiation of complex areas such as determining the budget of the Secretariat and the annual agreement of membership funding percentages which determines appeal funding distribution. 

We welcome an Honorary Treasurer who brings diverse experiences, including previous risk and governance experience, and is open to exploring new ways of working. Charity sector experience would be helpful, but not essential. The time commitment required is the equivalent of 8-10 days plus an additional 3-5 days. The promise of availability in a crisis and the exercise of discernment under pressure is essential.

Independent Trustee

The DEC has flexibility in considering different backgrounds for this third independent trustee appointment. The ability to think creatively and have their finger on the pulse of how the British public is accessing and responding to information about global developments is highly desirable. Knowledge of new digital technologies, social media, and younger generations of DEC supporters would be helpful.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to become a DEC trustee please download our pack here before applying with CV and cover letter. Applications should be sent by email to and must be received by Monday 18 October 2021 at 12pm BST. Please also get in touch with Macaulay Search if you have questions about this opportunity. The shortlisting will take place in early November, and you will be updated on the progress of your application before 3 November 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you.