Trustees – Coventry, United Kingdom

About Cord International

Cord is an international peacebuilding organisation with an ambitious strategy to lead the sector in developing the capacity of partner organisations in Africa and Asia to build sustainable relationships through peace.

Cord is governed by a Board whose members are Directors of the Company and Trustees of the Charity. They support the health and well-being of the organisation through deliberation, prayer and decision-making. While the organisation works with people of all faiths and none, it is inspired by the Christian faith and it is therefore an occupational requirement that trustees, as guardians of Cord’s values, must be practising Christians.

Cord has a turnover of circa £2 million per year, with 20% from the UK public and 80% from Institutional donors from around the globe.

Cord works in countries with a low Human Development Index score and where there is structural, cultural or direct violence, or a high risk of violence. It is currently active in Burundi in Africa, Laos PDR and Myanmar in Asia.

Programme development is informed by Cord’s emerging 2018 strategy, “Promoting the power of peaceful relationship”.  Within any effectively functioning society, everyday lives depend on healthy, well-functioning relationships; in communities, with the people around us, with local and national authorities and businesses.  When some of these important relationships break down it can be highly destructive and result in people being marginalised, excluded, without a voice or representation. Cord seeks to work with communities and local governments to restore healthy lifegiving relationships that are fundamental for the successful functioning of a society where everybody has the freedom to flourish and enjoy peace in all its fullness (shalom).

Cord aims to develop its portfolio of small and large country programmes that bring peace through transformed relationships.  Cord is also open to working in strategic alliance with other NGOs.

Job Purpose

Responsible to:
Chair and Board Members

Responsible for:
Effective governance of the charity

Genuine Occupational Requirement:
Must be a practising Christian

With other trustees, to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:

  1. Ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.
  2. Being responsible for the performance of the charity and for its “corporate” behavior.
  3. Ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  4. Acting as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  5. Ensuring that the charity’s governance is of the highest possible standard.
  6. Providing expert knowledge to the Board in their specialist area.
  7. Where appropriate, challenging the Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees to ensure that the Board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff.

Scope and Limits of Authority

No individual trustee, including the Chair, has authority unless specifically acting on behalf of the Trustee Board or with delegated authority of the Board. Collectively trustees have authority; individually they do not.

Technical Expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Strategic management of organisations
  • Charity and/or contract law
  • Human Resource management
  • Public Relations & media
  • Relief, development or peacebuilding
  • Accountancy or finance
  • Philanthropy and individual/corporate fundraising
  • Christian theology and spirituality
  • Human Rights

Level of Commitment

  • Trustees are required to attend day-long Board meetings three times a year and an annual Away Day (some held on Saturdays, others on Mondays or Fridays). Meetings usually take place in Coventry.
  • Trustees will also need to be available for evening teleconferences between meetings, typically for 1 hour 10 times per year.
  • In addition to reading papers and preparing for meetings/conference calls, Trustees may be called upon for specific advice if they have particular expertise in a given area.


According to their individual skills and experience, Trustees may also be invited to serve on Cord’s Finance, Human Resources or Fundraising Committee or on ad-hoc Working Groups.


Trustees receive no salary, however reasonable expenses are paid.

Term of service

Trustees are invited to serve on the Board for a three-year term, at the end of which they are eligible for re-election for two further terms.

Person Specification


  • Charity role and function.
  • Expertise in specific area of operation (see areas of Technical Expertise listed in Job Description above).


  • Leadership role within another charitable, private or public sector organisation.
  • Fulfilling a Trustee role in charitable organisation of similar size and/or complexity to Cord (desirable).
  • Of working in teams and contributing to group decision making.


  • Strong ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to communicate your ideas verbally and in writing to other Board members.
  • Ability to relate to others with cultural sensitivity.
  • Capacity for self-reflection and active learning.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to make decisions and influence others.

Personal Qualities:

  • Commitment to Cord’s values.
  • Be willing to undertake training in the role, which may include visits overseas.
  • A team player, able to encourage and maintain focus during periods of pressure  Commitment to equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace.

How to Apply

If you are passionate about peacebuilding and wish to contribute your skills and expertise at Board level then kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Tim Wingrove, email address:

Please subject your email with the following reference: CORD-TRUSTEE.

Please note that the interview dates are to be confirmed and will be communicated with you should your application be successful.