Trustee, The Independent Worker Legal Services

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03 Apr Trustee, The Independent Worker Legal Services

Function: Trustee Location: London

We are looking for [2/3] Volunteers to join our Board of Trustees at IWLS as Chair, Treasurer, and General Trustee. As IWLS Trustee you will work alongside other members of the board in pressing the organisation to the realisation of its mission and vision.



Location: The Board of Trustees meets at the IWGB head office in central London (WC1N 3LQ)

Time commitment: A General Trustee will be expected to:

  • attend six board meetings per year;
  • Attend meetings with funding bodies as required;
  • Occasionally represent IWLS at events and meetings with key stakeholders;

The commitment is around 1 day every two months.

Reporting to:  Board of Trustees

Accountable to:The full Board of Trustees


The Independent Workers Legal Services
The IWLS is a new charity, founded in February, 2016, whose main purpose is to provide employment representation and advice to low paid migrant workers who are members of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB). The IWGB ( is a new, grassroots, trade union which caters mainly to low paid migrant workers and focusses on campaigning for such things as the Living Wage and sick pay, holidays, and pensions. As the IWGB has struggled to obtain sustainable funding due to the low membership fees its members can afford, the IWLS was set up to perform the charitable function of providing employment advice and representation. The IWLS will also provide the charitable function of training volunteer law students and graduates on employment law and representation.


Job description

We are looking for self-motivated, forward thinking and solution focused individuals to join us at IWLS. As an IWLS Trustee you will be responsible for setting strategy, providing good governance and directing and steering the organisation in line with its aims and objectives. You will ensure the charity has the resources, funding and support needed, and will be able to act in representation of the organisation in external meetings.


We are particularly interested in applicants who have experience, knowledge and/or skills in any of the following areas:

  1. Fundraising / Bid Writing
  2. Finance and accounting
  3. Strategy Planning and Development
  4. Risk Assessment / Management / Register
  5. Quality Assurance / Monitoring / Evaluating
  6. Charity Commission regulations
  7. Charity law
  8. Employment law


General duties

  • Encourage positive change where appropriate;
  • Act as an ambassador for the cause and for IWLS;
  • Maintain good relationships with key stakeholders and with key influencers (e.g. relevant funders and partners);
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when appropriate;
  • Represent the charity at external functions, meetings and events, when appropriate.


Person Specification

  • Strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause;
  • Strong commitment to workers’ rights;
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable in an ambassadorial role;
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the charity;
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events out of office hours;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Civil Society sector and current issues affecting it.



  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation;
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career;
  • Experience of charity governance and working with or as part of a Board of Trustees;
  • Financial management expertise and a broad understanding of charity finance issues;
  • Good understanding of charity governance issues.


If you are interested, please send a statement of interest to Lucila Granada ( by 21 April, 2016.