Working as a Governor for Coeliac UK

Alan Perkins GovernorA key way to help Coeliac UK is to become a Governor 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 Governors. 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 Governors 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 Governors' 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.

How to become a Governor of Coeliac UK

The Board looks for new Governors by advertising in our various publications. More details can be found in our Governor recruitment process and Board recruitment chart to the right of this page. Alternatively, any full member of Coeliac UK can stand for election by being nominated by another full member and voted in at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations have to be received by the charity up to 70 days in advance of the AGM and nominees must be over 18.

The Board meet in person around five times a year mainly in High Wycombe and London but are also required to participate in a handful of conference calls and serve on various Board committees. The time commitment is approximately a day and a half a month or less. Appropriate training and inductions are provided and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

The role requires a person with good judgement, a commitment to the charity's mission and the ability to work as part of a team with diverse skills and background. Detailed job specifics can be read in our Governor job description located to the right of this page.

We recruit on an annual basis for Governors who can help the charity develop its strategic activities addressing the health and food sectors. If you would like to apply now for the next recruitment round, we would be happy to hold your CV on file in the interim.

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.