Trustee vacancies – fundraising, digital fundraising, safeguarding & governance

Teenagers with Down syndrome

Downright Excellent is looking for four new voluntary trustees to join our board.

Who are our trustees?
In a nutshell, our trustees are the group of people responsible for setting Downright Excellent’s direction and making sure we are doing what the charity is set up to do. This Charity Commission guidance gives a helpful overview of the main responsibilities: Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a) – GOV.UK (

Who are we looking for?
We’re looking for four individuals who can take the lead at trustee level in the following areas:

• Fundraising
• Digital fundraising
• Safeguarding
• Governance (acting as company secretary)

As well as skills/experience in one or more of the areas above, above all, you’ll:

• have great, independent judgement
• be willing to speak your mind and join in discussions
• be able to show us your drive and passion to support our work
• have around a day a month to contribute

You don’t need to have been a trustee before.

DEx is committed to promoting equality and diversity and it is embedded in all we do. Our goal is to build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills and reflects the diverse DEx community. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

What can you expect to be doing?
Working with the trustees’ team, you will:
– give firm strategic direction, set overall policy, define goals and evaluate performance
– understand DEx finances and make sure we are using our resources properly
– make sure that DEx meets its duties under charity and other relevant laws and regulations
– help DEx to continue growing and operating as a charitable company that offers top quality professional services.

Training can be provided, so don’t be put off if you’re not a finance whizz or an expert in charity law!

What are the benefits to you?
You will share your skills, expand your knowledge and make a significant contribution to improving the lives of children with Down syndrome and their families and to developing DEx. You will also meet great people, enjoy working in a different context and be part of an energetic and committed board of trustees.

Time expectation
We need you to spend around a day a month in this role taking into account meetings, preparation and contact between meetings. The Board meets at least 6 times a year for around two and a half hours, with one longer strategy day per year, and 3 topic-based workshops. Meetings are online.

How to apply
To apply for a trustee role, please send your CV or an informal summary of your experience and a covering letter telling us why this role at DEx attracts you to our Chair, James Davis at, cc

Do contact us if you would like a chat before applying.

Closing date: 30 June 2024