Working as a Trustee for Coeliac UK

Alan Perkins GovernorA key way to help Coeliac UK is to become a Trustee of the charity. This is a voluntary role, but one that is both challenging and rewarding. It is similar to being a director of a commercial company.

The overall responsibility for the work of Coeliac UK lies with the Board of Trustees. They set the strategy, agree objectives and monitor and evaluate progress to ensure the charity's aims are delivered and that we achieve what we set out to do. The Trustees ensure Coeliac UK operates to a high standard of governance and act as guardians of the charity's assets. The Board is held to account by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which it presents the Trustees' report and the financial accounts for the previous year.

The Board may comprise up to nine elected members, two co-opted and one nominated from the Health Advisory Council. The elected members are voted in by the membership at the Annual General Meeting for a three year term of office. They may serve no more than two consecutive three year terms.

Could you be our next Trustee?

For 50 years, Coeliac UK have been the experts on coeliac disease and the gluten free diet. We are an independent charity helping people living without gluten to live happier, healthier lives.

We do this by providing our 65,000 members with trustworthy advice and support, funding critical research into coeliac disease, working with healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and fighting for better availability of gluten free food. And we do it all so that one day, no one’s life will be limited by gluten.

The charity is led and guided by a team of volunteer Trustees who provide their expertise and insight to help drive the charity forward.

We are looking for two new Trustees - people able to understand and support our complex agenda in a fast changing environment and lead the charity as it embarks on a new growth strategy. We are particularly looking for individuals with significant experience in finance and accounting, or in business development in the food industry. If you can relate this to the context of the charity’s work: healthcare, gluten free food, trademark licensing, knowledge of coeliac disease, government policymaking, then all the better.

The Board meet face to face around four times a year, mainly in High Wycombe or London, but are also required to participate four conference calls and serve on various Board committees. The time commitment equates to a day and a half a month or less, including preparation. Appropriate training and inductions are provided and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

Information on how to apply can be found below.

Salary: None but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to or by post to: Chief Executive, Coeliac UK, 3rd Floor, Apollo Centre, Desborough Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2QW, Buckinghamshire.

If you would like to have a chat first with our Chief Executive, Hilary Croft, please call 01494 796124.