Become a trustee

We are seeking to recruit two new trustees to add strength and depth to our board and support the work of this passionate charity as we look ahead to the future. It is an exciting time to join us.

What does the role involve?

As a Back Up trustee, you’ll play a vital role in keeping the charity on track and accountable to the people we support. You’ll attend quarterly meetings where you’ll review the charity’s performance and make recommendations to ensure we meet our business objectives. There are also opportunities to utilise your professional experience by joining one of our committees and shaping our strategy on fundraising, finance, services, governance, and other areas of work. All our trustees are incredibly passionate about Back Up and work closely with our staff team to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by spinal cord injury. Being a Back Up trustee is fun, challenging and very rewarding.

What support and training will I receive?

New trustees receive a comprehensive induction and ongoing support from the Chair and CEO to become confident board members, fully aware of their role and responsibilities. Trustees are also encouraged to attend training courses to keep up to date with current legislation and to widen their experience. Joint meetings with staff help to build relationships and understanding to fulfil our mission.


Being a trustee is a voluntary role, therefore is unpaid, but expenses including for travel are reimbursed.

Who should apply?

We’re happy to receive applications from everyone with the relevant passion and experience especially people affected by spinal cord injury. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with any or all of the following areas of experience: A background within NHS / Health services, Psychology or charity service development and Fundraising.

We’re also seeking to improve the diversity of our board, so we’d welcome applicants from an ethnic minority background.

How to apply

Our deadline for applications is midday on Monday 3 January. Please send your CV, along with an accompanying letter explaining your reasons for applying, and the Equal Opportunities form below, to our CEO Abigail Lock.

Please see a detailed trustee recruitment pack and person specification below. We highly recommend going through the recruitment pack thoroughly before you start your application.