Trustee recruitment

Thank you for your interest in becoming a trustee of the National Deaf Children’s Society and Deaf Child Worldwide.

We are currently looking for two people to join our Trustee Board.

Our trustees provide leadership and are responsible for setting our strategy and future direction, and making sure that the charity is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.

We are inviting applications from people who are willing to ask challenging questions about our work; help make decisions about the future of the charity as part of the trustee team; and who can commit to attending Board and committee meetings.

We are keen to find people with a track record of successful large-scale campaigning, or of delivering regional or national services to children, young people or families. At least one of the new trustees will have experience of safeguarding children and/or young adults.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from across the UK.

There is no fixed deadline, but please get your application in as soon as possible. We will start to meet potential trustees as soon as we have a sufficient number of applicants.

Further information

We have rules about who our trustees are, how they are recruited and how long they can serve as a trustee. These rules are set out in our constitution.

The majority of our trustees are members elected by the membership following recruitment and nomination by the trustee board. A small number of trustees may be appointed for specific skills or experience. These trustees are not elected and do not have to be members.

Elected trustees must be re-elected at least every three years and co-opted trustees must be reappointed every two years. Trustees may serve up to a maximum of nine years on the Trustee Board. Our trustees are not paid for being members of the Trustee Board.

The role of a trustee is set out in the Trustee role description and the Trustee Board terms of reference. All trustees are required to comply with our code of conduct and conflict of interest policy.

Before applying

To find out more about the current vacancies, with no obligation to proceed if you decide this is not for you, we can arrange for you to speak informally to one of our trustees by telephone/ skype (normally in the evening). Alternatively, you may wish to speak to our chief executive or to the deputy director of governance and planning (during office hours). We can also arrange for you to visit one of our offices to find out more about our work. If you would like to do any of these please email our governance and planning administrator,

If you feel that a trustee position is not for you, then you may wish to consider volunteering with us in another capacity. Please see our volunteer pages for further information.

Applications and interviews

Recruitment and nomination is by written application, followed by an interview with the Chair, Vice-Chair, independent governance expert and CEO. Interviews will be held at our head office in London. It may be possible to conduct interviews by Skype for applicants who are unable to visit the office.

There is no fixed deadline, but please get your application in as soon as possible. We will start to meet potential trustees as soon as we have a sufficient number of applicants.

We will reply to all applications.


For member trustees, appointment is conditional on election by the membership at the next AGM.

How to Apply

Please read through the information in the section ‘How our Trustee Board works’ before completing the application form . Your application should be emailed as an attachment (Microsoft Word or pdf) along with your current CV, completed diversity monitoring form and a completed Declaration of interests form to:

Alternatively, you can print your application form, CV and Declaration of Interests form and post them to the address below. If you complete the form on paper please use black ink as it will be photocopied.

Governance and Planning Administrator

The National Deaf Children’s Society

Castle House, 37-45 Paul Street



T: 020 7014 1168


Our Trustees are not paid, but we will pay expenses for the costs of attending Trustee Board meetings and events, and will, by prior agreement, reimburse the reasonable costs of child and dependent care. All expense claims must be supported by receipts or other evidence.