Board Trustee Role – Muslim Women’s Network UK
Role: Board Trustees
Remuneration: Unpaid (voluntary) but expenses paid
Time Commitment: 8-10 days per year
Term: 1 year (with a view to extend, subject to satisfactory performance)
Deadline: 30 November 2022
Trustees at Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) play an important role in providing guidance and support to the charity as well as helping to shape its future and growth. We are now looking to recruit 1-2 new trustees to the Muslim Women’s Network UK Board. After serving on the Board for 11 years Professor Khursheed Wadia recently stepped down. Baroness Shaista Gohir OBE, one of the founding members also stepped down from her role as Trustee Chair earlier this year to become the new CEO with Faeeza Vaid MBE, former CEO now joining the Board as a Trustee.
We are a Muslim feminist organisation that has an inclusive and non-judgemental approach. We are guided by the lived experiences of Muslim women and girls who are from across the religious spectrum and from diverse lifestyles and ethnic groups. We challenge uncomfortable truths without fear or favour. If you share our values and passion for women’s rights and are interested in joining us, then read on.
MWNUK is a small national charity based in Birmingham which works on advancing equality and social justice for Muslim Women and girls. It achieves its aims through consulting members, conducting research, providing direct support through its helpline and counselling service, running awareness raising campaigns, producing resources, holding training sessions and influencing policy through its advocacy work.
MWNUK is award winning! It has won the National Charity Governance Awards for three consecutive years (the only charity to have achieved this), in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
MWNUK is also the Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Muslim Women which it helped to establish, and which is currently Chaired by Caroline Nokes MP and Naz Shah MP.
Further information can be found on our websites:
History of MWNUK
An informal group known as the Muslim Women’s Network was formed in 2003, which was supported by the Women’s National Commission, to provide to the Labour government views of women from UK Muslim communities. The inaugural Chair of this new advisory committee was Professor Haleh Afshar OBE. The group started with only several members and expanded in the next few years. It was also renamed Muslim Women’s Network UK. A few of the committee members (which included Professor Afshar and the current CEO Baroness Shaista Gohir OBE), then established the group as an independently registered Community Interest Company in 2008. As Professor Afshar was appointed to the House of Lords as a Crossbench Peer she stepped down as Chair and became the Honorary President. Muslim Women’s Network UK has since grown from one to 14 staff currently and became a registered charity in 2013.
The Trustee(s) will be expected to:
· Ensure organisational policies are regularly reviewed and effectively implemented;
· Ensure there are robust risk and financial controls in place to manage the charity resources efficiently;
· Contribute to shaping and influencing the MWNUK strategy when it is revised in 2023;
· Read board papers and other communications and provide feedback and scrutiny;
· Provide input and ideas during discussions via email, at meetings or other methods of communications;
· Help oversee safeguarding protections in MWNUK’s work and ensure they are maintained;
· Help maintain MWNUK’s external reputation by upholding high standards of integrity at all times;
· Contribute with own specialist knowledge and expertise when discussing work of MWNUK with the CEO and other Trustees;
· Attend 3-4 board meetings a year whether they are in person or online;
· Attend away days (currently planned for mid-February over two days);
· Attend the Annual General Meeting Event once and other events to represent MWNUK;
· If necessary, participate in sub-committees; and
· Have an annual appraisal to review performance with the Trustee Chair.
We are looking for someone who:
· Has the passion and commitment to women’s rights and committed to tacking inequalities and discrimination experienced by Muslim women in their communities and wider society;
· Understands the experiences of Muslim women in their locality;
· Shares MWNUK’s values, aims and mission and is passionate about women’s rights and feminism;
· Has the time to contribute to the Trustee role – expected commitment to the role will be 8-10 days a year;
· Is committed to adhering to the Nolan principles of public life;
· Is willing to hold one listening event / exercise with local women which will be financially supported by and attended by MWNUK; and
· Has experience, knowledge or expertise in any of the following: fundraising, finance, research, membership growth, engagement with stakeholders at a local, regional or national level; or media and marketing.
Note: We would welcome applications from individuals wishing to take their first steps to a board level post, as Probationary (non-voting) Trustee. Please indicate on your application if this would be your first board role.
· If you require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
· This role is open to women only in accordance with the occupational requirements (Equality Act 2010, schedule 16, Part 1 applies).
To apply, send us your CV with a supporting statement, which should be no more than two pages of A4 in which you should tell us:
· Why you believe that you fulfil the specification and would make a good Trustee FOR MWNUK;
· How you have acquired your knowledge about Muslim women / girls and in which communities – this can be through paid or unpaid work;
· How you can contribute in in the areas of fundraising, finance, research or membership growth or any other relevant area;
· How you would organise a local listening event and who would be your target audience;
· Any potential conflicts with your other roles.
Please also include your social media handles on your CV or supporting statement. On application you will also be asked to fill in an equality, inclusion and diversity form. This will be sent to you.
These should be sent to email@example.com by 30th November 2022
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