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Global Charities is the in house charity of Global, the Media and Entertainment group.  Global are the largest commercial radio group in the UK, owners of Heart, Capital, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, Radio X, Capital Xtra and Gold.  The group also has divisions for talent management, publishing, TV and Festivals. 

The charity harnesses the assets of the media group to raise money and awareness through its appeal, Global’s Make Some Noise, supporting small charities across the UK that help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. 

Our three-part promise makes us unique as a champion for small charities – we make some noise to raise funds and distribute grants; we make some noise to give them a voice across our media platforms; and we teach them to make more noise themselves through masterclasses in marketing and media. 

We also leverage the group’s expertise in music to deliver employability programmes for disadvantaged young people, using music as a hook.

In 2015/16 income was £4m, and we supported 40 projects.  The charity has ambitions to grow income and further develop its promise to build awareness and sustainability for the projects it supports.  Given the close relationship with Global, who provide office space and other resources at its HQ in Leicester Square, this an exciting and dynamic charity.

The Trustee Board comprises of a mix of internal (Global employees) and external Trustees, with specialist knowledge in different areas across charity governance, finance, grant making, content production, staff engagement, fundraising and marketing.


Trustees play an essential role in the governance of the charity and its future development.  The Trustees, while retaining total responsibility for the conduct of Global Charities’ affairs, delegate functions to the executive staff and the grant giving panel. The following matters are Trustee responsibilities:

  • Appointment of Trustees and of the Chair
  • Appointment of Grants panel and the Chair, and approval of terms of reference
  • Approval of the Terms of Reference of any other Panels or Committees
  • Agreement of strategy, and approval of strategic plans
  • Approval of the Annual Budget and of all expenditure over £500,000
  • Approval of the Annual Report and Accounts
  • Appointment of the Auditors and standing legal advisers

In addition, there are 6 other key responsibilities:

Compliance and statutory duties

  • To make sure that Global Charities complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To make sure that the charity pursues its objects as defined in its governing document and is administered effectively and efficiently.
  • To make sure the charity uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects and that the charity does not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects.
  • To direct and oversee Global Charities arrangements for internal and external audit.
  • To scrutinise board papers, attend quarterly board meetings and contribute to discussions and decision-making processes.
  • To ratify grants as recommended by the grants panel chair and verified by the CEO.
  • To provide guidance on new initiatives and issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
  • To make sure risk management and control systems are in place, with clear delegated responsibilities to staff for managing and mitigating risk, and to monitor these on an ongoing basis.
  • To make sure the charity has an up to date safeguarding policy and practices.


  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To use any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions on strategy and operational plans.

Financial management 

  • To make sure the financial stability of the organisation, ensuring solvency and safeguarding assets.
  • To protect and manage the assets of the charity and make sure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • To approve annual charity budgets including approval of Senior Management pay rises, and monitor financial performance against these budgets.


  • To make that Global Charities has policies that mean it is able to recruit, retain and develop quality people.
  • To assist the Chair, when required, in the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer/Director, Global Goodness and other key executive staff.
  • To be available, individually or as part of a group, to the Charities team whenever needed for advice and guidance; and to provide access to other specialist advice if required.
  • To make sure that the team are performing their delegated functions effectively and to monitor their performance against the strategic plans, and annual budgets and operational targets.
  • To advise the chair of any issues arising in relation to the team’s performance and make recommendations on how to address these.

Reputation and profile

  • To safeguard the good name and values of the charity.
  • To help the chair and team to deliver key messages on the work and the plans for the charity among beneficiaries, donors, and internally among Global.
  • To act as an Ambassador for the charity and establish networks in support of the charity’s strategy and reputation.


We welcome applications from people with a range of different background and the kinds of skills, experience attributes we are looking for include:

  • A passion for the aims of Global Charities and an ambition to increase the charitable impacts of the charity and make the biggest difference possible to the lives of our beneficiaries.
  • A proven track record of leadership in either the voluntary, public or commercial sectors.
  • Professional experience relevant to the grant giving, governance and/or fundraising and communications activities of charities.
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector and a commitment to developing this knowledge in support of the charity and its plans.
  • Willingness and ability to invite professional and personal networks to support the charity’s grant giving and/or fundraising aims and plans.
  • Enthusiasm for commercial radio and a commitment to Global’s aims and its corporate social responsibility plans.  
  • Ability to work as a team with fellow trustees.
  • Understanding of safeguarding children and young people and the issues associated with this.

Further Information

The charity has a fundraising subsidiary, Global Charities (Trading) Ltd, whose principal activity is to contribute to the fundraising for Global Charities.

The ultimate control of the charity is vested in its member, Global. The member delegates the running of the charity and the safeguarding of its assets to the trustees. The assigned Executive for the member is the CEO, Global, who is represented by the Director, Global Goodness.

Trustees do not receive remuneration, as their role is entirely voluntary. They can claim travel expenses to board meetings and any essential meetings as agreed with the Chair.

For more information on our work please see:

Application Process

Ahead of the retirement of 2 Trustees following 10 years of service later this year, we are looking for 2 new Trustees with a specialism in Grant making and/or charity governance, particularly in the children and young people’s sector.  One of these roles would also chair the Grants Panel.

To apply, please send your CV and cover email to

Closing date:  31 January

Interviews:  During February

We value diversity at TPP and welcome applications from all sections of the community.