We’re delighted to be recruiting for new trustee roles, including a new chair.
In this round of recruitment, we’re looking to recruit people who have historically been underrepresented on our board. To this end, we would like to recruit two trustees aged 18-25 with lived trans experience.
Interested but aren’t sure what it involves? We’ve put together a handy FAQ, explaining what it’s like to be a trustee and all the key information you need to know.
The closing date for trustee applications is 10 September. Find out more about how to apply by visiting our jobs page.
How much work does being a trustee involve? How much time does being a trustee take up?
Trustees need to commit to one evening per month for meetings on average, as well as time to prepare for discussions and read the papers.
As a trustee, you’ll attend six board meetings and any relevant subcommittee meetings (three to six per year). Each meeting lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours and takes place online during the evening, usually on Tuesdays between 5.30pm and 7-7.30pm.
You might need to attend extra board meetings, depending on the needs of the charity, and will also join us for an annual away day.
As part of your induction, you’ll also need to attend safeguarding and data protection training.
Sometimes, trustees may need to be responsive to emerging and urgent governance situations, usually by email.
Why do Mermaids want to recruit young, trans trustees in particular?
As an organisation, Mermaids is committed to putting the voices of young people at the centre of everything we do. It’s really important that this includes our trustees, who are responsible for the overall direction of Mermaids.
Can I apply even though I’m not trans?
Yes. The board welcomes allies who share our passion and mission to educate, embrace and empower.
I am turning 18 later this year, can I still apply?
You can apply if you will be 18 by the end of December, but you won’t be able to be appointed until after your 18th birthday. This is because of the rules about trustees set out in our governing document.
I am over 25, can I still apply?
Yes, we welcome trustees of all ages and are recruiting for trustees of all ages.
Will I meet lots of people?
Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to work with an inspiring board of trustees with a variety of skills. You will be able to attend staff days to get to know people from across the organisation and have the chance to attend family days, prides and events.
“Some of my most fond memories are walking with young trans people and their families at pride, hearing their stories. Stories full of joy, hope and determination. Stories filled with resilience, where Mermaids have often been the light in their journey. And stories where trans young people are achieving their hopes and dreams.” – Arlo, Trustee
Is the role remote? Does it require any in person work or travel?
Trustees often meet remotely, with travel a couple of times a year for away days or events.
Why should I apply to be a Mermaids trustee? What will I get out of it?
We asked Arlo, one of our trustees, to tell us what he loves about the role.
“Mermaids is an incredible organisation to be a trustee for and the work they do creates such profound impact. I know this, because I’ve experienced it first hand. Mermaids supported me when I was younger, and being able to give back to an organisation who changed my life, means a lot to me.
I’m proud to work alongside a passionate workforce who arrive at work everyday, sparked with motivation to make the world a better place for young trans people. Being a trustee has broadened my knowledge on governance and helped me develop new skills.
The nature of the role means you get involved in different parts of a charity that you might not in your day job. You’re feeding into lots of areas like governance and strategy, giving your time and expertise to create impact for trans young people, their families and society.
Personally, I’d love to see more young trans trustees on boards. The experiences and perspectives young trans trustees can bring will enrich any board. But being part of Mermaids means you can play an active role in ensuring your community gets the quality support they so deserve.” – Arlo, Trustee
How can I apply to be a trustee?
Visit our jobs page to download the application pack, which will provide you with all the information you need to apply.