Closing date: 22 May 2019

Interview date: The second and third weeks of June 2019

Location: Back Up Office - 4 Knightley Walk, London, SW18 1GZ.

Salary: Voluntary role

Back Up is currently seeking to recruit three 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.

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

About Back Up

Back Up is a national charity that inspires people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life. We offer wheelchair skills training, an accredited mentoring service, proactive telephone support, life skills and activity courses, and support returning to work or education. To find out more about our work, please visit our support for you section.

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 sub-committees and shaping our strategy on governance, fundraising, finance and other areas of our 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. A joint away day with staff helps to build relationships and understanding to fulfil our mission.

Who should apply?

We’re happy to receive applications from everyone with the relevant passion and experience, but we’d particularly like to recruit one new trustee from a marketing and communications background. We’d also particularly welcome applications from people aged 18 -24, people with medical experience in the spinal cord injury field, family members affected by spinal cord injury and people from an ethnic minority background.

How do I apply?

To apply, please send your CV along with an accompanying letter explaining your reasons for applying to our Chair of Trustees, Becky Hill, at An introductory letter and a detailed trustee recruitment pack can be downloaded below. We highly recommend going through the recruitment pack, which includes the role description, before you start your application.

Our deadline for applications is 22 May 2019. We will compile a shortlist of applicants and interviews will take place during the second and third week of June.


If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please contact our CEO or Chair of Trustees.

Sarah Bryan | CEO
020 8875 6725

Becky Hill | Chair of Trustees