Trustee with Communications Background

Trustee with Communications Background

At a glance


  • Digital Trustees
  • Social media marketing
  • Copywriting / Journalism
  • Marketing strategy
  • Public relations
  • Digital and IT strategy


London, KT3 4BH
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Within 25 miles.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Board meetings & subcommittee meetings occur every quarter for 2 hours. As we are a small team there is an expectation of involvement between meetings

Connect: North Korea is a London based organisation working to support the exile community and raise awareness of human rights abuses. We are recruiting for a Trustee with a background in communications, branding, and/or PR.

What will you be doing?

The trustee will be a major part of our Fundraising, Communications and Branding Subcommittee. As we are a small team, the role will be a hands-on role, focusing on developing, overseeing, and implementing the organisation's integrated communications/fundraising strategy.

The role will involve:

  • Assisting with the development and implementation of the communications strategy, including refining key audiences and messaging.
  • Working with the Director to identify and build relationships with key members of the media and promoting press stories or case studies to them.
  • Setting and monitoring performance against communications targets.

The board is made up of 7 independent trustees who sit with the Director of the organisation at Trustee meetings.

What are we looking for?

The ideal candidates will have experience within the private or charity sectors of communications, branding, PR, or journalism. No knowledge or expertise on North Korea is needed, but a firm commitment to human rights and justice is essential.



  1. Evidence of experience working in a comparable role, with an understanding and cultural affinity with the organisation’s aims.
  2. Ability to deal with multiple stakeholders with at times contradictory agendas.
  3. Sufficient time to dedicate to the organisation's activities, probably with an existing portfolio of work.
  4. Ability to chair committees and be familiar with mentoring skills.
  5. Commitment to charitable activity.



  • Provides guidance for the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  • As part of the board sets the organisation’s strategic aims, ensures that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the organisation to meet its objectives.
  • Sets the organisation’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders are understood and met.
  • Ensures that effective Governance and control procedures are in place within the organisation.



  • Strategy: trustees should constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy;
  • Performance: trustees should scrutinise the performance of the organization in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance;
  • Risk: Trustees should satisfy themselves that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible;
  • Trustees are expected to lead or sit on one or more of the board sub committees (e.g. Communication & Fundraising, Governance & Risk).

What difference will you make?

As an organisation focused on storytelling, we require a strong communications strategy to ensure we reach as many people as we can.

What's in it for the volunteer?

A unique opportunity to work on a massively topical subject in the UK.

Before you apply

Please address cover letters to Robin Walker, chair of Connect: North Korea.
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Human rights
  • Refugees / migrants
  • To promote human rights (as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations) in North Korea by all or any of the following means:...