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Endometriosis UK is the largest UK charity for those with endometriosis. Endometriosis UK works to:

  • Provide support to those with endometriosis and their families and friends
  • Provide clear, objective information about the condition and its treatments
  • Raise awareness amongst health professionals and the general public about the condition
  • Support research into endometriosis.

This is an unpaid role. Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses will be paid.

Time commitment:

five meetings a year (including preparation for meetings, reading papers etc) + attendance at an annual strategy day and AGM.

Trustees have the opportunity to take part in Board sub-groups and project groups to develop aspects of the organisations' work; please note the Treasurer chairs the Finance Sub Committee (5 meetings per year) and provides additional support to CEO around budget-setting etc

Trustees are also invited to attend Endometriosis UK events.

We also particularly welcome applications from trustees from a range of backgrounds and experiences as part of our commitment to diversity.

The role of the Board of Trustees and duties of trustees

At its simplest, the role of the trustee board is to receive assets from donors, safeguard them and apply them to the charitable purposes of Endometriosis UK. The board sets the strategic direction of the charity. The board must always act in the best interests of Endometriosis UK, exercising the same standards of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.

The trustee board is also responsible for recruiting, managing and supporting the Chief Executive.


  • qualified accountant
  • ability to chair the finance committee
  • ability to work alongside the CEO and outsourced accountant/bookkeeping service to ensure effective financial administration and risk management of the charity


Further information about Endometriosis UK's governance and Board of Trustees

Skill set required by Endometriosis UK Board of Trustees

Endometriosis UK has undertaken a skills audit and considered the ideal make-up of the Board of Trustees. Our ideal board would include the following skills and experience - those in bold are areas we are prioritising in this recruitment round:

  • Strategic planning
  • Charity finance and audit and risk management
  • Marketing and communications with a particular emphasis on awareness raising and digital communications
  • Income Generation/Fundraising
  • Lived experience of endometriosis (including the perspective of younger people) and experience as a partner/carer/family member of someone with endometriosis
  • Female health (especially endometriosis, fertility, pain management) in secondary and primary care settings
  • Legal - in relation to Endometriosis UK's work
  • Volunteer Management - or experience of volunteering with Endometriosis UK's support network
  • Charity management
  • Health policy and political campaigning
  • Having networks of influential contacts able to support Endometriosis UK

The ideal board would also be diverse and this diversity will be guided by the definitions of the nine protected characteristics as set out in Equalities Act 2010 (age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation) and also include geographical diversity with representation from around the UK and, in line with the Charity Governance Code, also consider backgrounds, life experiences, career paths and diversity of thought).

Understanding of endometriosis and membership of Endometriosis UK

Potential trustees do not have to have personal experience or detailed knowledge of endometriosis but Endometriosis UK is committed to ensuring that the board would always contain trustees with lived experience of endometriosis. Our current board includes a number of trustees with lived experience of endometriosis alongside the skills and experience they bring to the board. Trustees are asked to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to improving the lives of those with endometriosis.

All trustees are required to be members of Endometriosis UK and we would ask new trustees to become a member of the charity before joining the board.


Term of Office

Trustees serve an initial three year term with an opportunity to serve for a further three years with a maximum term of office of six years.


Board meeting schedule

These are held at five times a year, currently a mix of half day meetings on Saturdays in London and telephone meetings in the evening although trustees are consulted in advance of setting the annual meeting schedule to ensure that it is convenient to the majority. Trustees are able to join some meetings via video or telephone conference facilities if they are not able to attend in person. In addition, the board holds a Strategy Away-Day each year. All trustees are also expected to attend the AGM of the charity and, where possible, training or fundraising events held on occasion throughout the year.

You can find out more about the Endometriosis UK trustees at

Closing date for applications - 9am on Monday 11th November

Please send completed applications by email to or by post marked for the attention of Angela Style, Chair, Endometriosis UK, 75 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8JP.