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Freedom from Torture (FfT – formerly known as The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) is a unique UK human rights charity dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of torture survivors and accountability of states responsible for torture. Set up in 1985, we currently work in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Yorks and Humber, Newcastle and Glasgow; have around 150 staff and an annual fund-raised income of around £8 million.

We want to recruit at least 4 new Trustees of a high calibre to our committed Board of Trustees (for at least a three year term), for duties carried out mainly in North London. We do not pay Trustees at FfT but we do cover expenses. We are hoping to attract applicants from all over the UK with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The work is highly rewarding. You will work with others on the Board and staff who have a shared belief, shared values and a shared commitment to achieving our vision of rehabilitation for survivors and a world without torture.

Our clients are all torture survivors and come from about 100 countries around the world. FfT’s paid and volunteer staff offer medical consultation, examination and forensic documentation of injuries, individual and group psychological therapy and support and legal and practical advice. 

We also undertake research and aim to educate the public and decision makers about torture and its impact. Our advocacy is principally directed to ensure the UK honours its international duties towards survivors of torture, including those who are asylum seekers and refugees.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you share our passion for our work, are concerned about the issues facing torture survivors and have a deep commitment to human rights.

We are looking for Trustees who have a track record in making a difference in their field, who have a broad understanding of the community FfT serves, the services we provide and the objectives to which we aspire. You will also need a strong strategic focus, an understanding of organisational governance and the role of a non-executive Trustee, plus a desire to work collectively as part of a team of Trustees.

We are particularly interested in individuals with a significant track record of success in one of the following:

  • Clinical governance or quality assurance
  • Fundraising and marketing
  • International Human Rights law and policy, especially relating to refugees and torture
  • Senior management experience including finance

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and steer our organisation and to support and make a real difference to our clients. We are committed to achieving a diverse board and would be particularly interested to hear from survivors of torture who have experience in one of these areas.

Trustees are expected to attend about 8 meetings in London a year, up to two planning and development days (usually on Saturdays) and (where possible) two visits to our national centres across the UK. 

How to apply

For more information about FfT, first look at our website where you can download the role specification from ‘Working for Us’ along with the other job-pack information.  We will be happy to send further information to you if you need it.  Please contact

You are also welcome to contact Susan Munroe, CEO of Freedom from Torture and/or have an informal discussion with Francesca Klug, Chair of Trustees, for further information about the charity.  Both can be contacted by arrangement initially through Nishi Raja at the email given above.

To apply, please send your CV (no longer than 2 A4 pages) and, if possible, a short statement (not more than 600 words) on why you want to be a trustee of FfT and how you consider you meet our requirements. Please send this information by e-mail attachment to  We shall be delighted to hear from you.

Closing date for applications: 12th May Midday.

Interviews in London on 24th and/or 25th June.