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Trustee with Fundraising/Income Generation Expertise

Trustee with Fundraising/Income Generation Expertise

The Role

Person Specification


  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives of the two organisations.
  • Experience/knowledge of fundraising for charitable causes.
  • Experience of the development of fundraising strategies.
  • Familiarity with legacy fundraising.
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives.


  • Experience of successful major donor and/or corporate fundraising.
  • Experience of recruiting and managing fundraising staff.
  • Successful experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation.
  • Experience of fundraising for animal welfare or scientific/medical causes.
  • Experience of membership organisations.

Specific Responsibilities of the Fundraising Trustee:

  • Assist with the development of the fundraising strategy for the organisations.
  • Help the charities diversify their income streams to safeguard their long-term sustainability.
  • Provide strategic support for the UFAW/HSA executive, particularly the fundraising staff and the Senior Management Team.
  • Advise on campaigns and events designed to raise funds from our supporters/members.
  • Help raise the profile of UFAW and the HSA.
  • Act as an ambassador for UFAW and the HSA, representing the charity at key meetings and facilitating networking opportunities with potential donors.
  • Be an active champion of the organisations.
  • Ensure we follow best practice and comply with all legal duties in our fundraising and related activities.

In addition to these specific activities, all charity trustees have statutory duties.

In addition, with other trustees to hold the charity "in trust" for current and future beneficiaries by:

  • Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  • Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its "corporate" behaviour; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Acting as guardians of the charity's assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  • Ensuring that the charity's governance is of the highest possible standard.

Time Commitment

The trustees typically meet four times per year in person, meetings usually last about half a day. One meeting typically involves an overnight stay and afternoon strategy discussion session as well as the main trustee meeting the following day. Meetings are held in person, usually at our offices in Hertfordshire. During the Covid-19 pandemic meetings are held virtually, but we envisage a return to face-to-face meetings when conditions permit. Trustees are normally expected to attend meetings in person wherever possible.

Preparation work prior to board meetings is required so that members are fully appraised of the matters to be discussed etc. Trustees also often serve on sub-committees and task and finish groups, requiring additional time commitments.

Trustees are also encouraged to attend UFAW/HSA events to enhance their understanding of the charities' activities.

There is a fundraising sub-committee which aims to meet (often virtually) several times per year of which the trustee would be expected to become a key member. We would also hope that the trustee would offer direct guidance and mentorship to our staff who play a role in fundraising, and to the Chief Executive Officer who is seeking to play a significant role in identifying and engaging with major donors and corporate donors.

How to apply

If you would like to arrange an informal discussion about the role and the organisations, please contact the Chief Executive, Huw Golledge - who will be happy to speak to you and also to arrange a discussion with the Chair of Trustees.

Applications and supporting documents should be submitted to by the deadline Monday 23rd May 2022.

Selection process.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an online interview with the CEO, chair and another trustee. We plan to hold online interviews during the week of 6th June.

Thank you for your interest in UFAW/HSA.