Co-optee to NET’s Board and Allocations Committee

National Emergencies Trust

Location Remote working

Salary Voluntary - co-opted committee member

Application deadline 17:00, 13 July 2020
The application deadline for this role has passed


The intensity of emergencies in 2017 – from the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London to Grenfell – led to the creation of the National Emergencies Trust, to collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.

The NET is currently working tirelessly to disburse donations to ease pressure on essential front-line services due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. We are now looking to extend our Co-Optees to work alongside trustees and senior staff on the Committee. 

Role Description for Co-opted Position


As a co-opted member of a National Emergencies Trust (NET) governance structures, (Board of Trustees, Allocations Committee, Equity Scrutiny Group) the incumbent will be required to help the Trust make well informed decisions related to the area of business they have been asked to support. 

NET seeks to achieve a representative balance on its governance, advisory and scrutiny bodies and will give due consideration to applicants with lived experience of the communities NET seeks to serve.

The role on the Committee will include requirement of the following:

1. To inform and advise on key areas of personal and professional experience.

2. To advise on the external environment in relation to the governance structure’s purpose.

3. To act at all times in the interests of the beneficiaries.

4. To help the with meeting its obligations in respect of equal opportunities, safeguarding and child protection, meeting health and safety requirements, and as a charity.

5. To assist with ensuring that all money and assets are prudently managed and used in pursuit of the objects of the organisation.

6. To assist with ensuring that NET manages its affairs reasonably and properly.

7. To Work in the interests of the organisation, and not for personal gain.

8. To inform NET about routes to proper professional advice on key matters. 

9. The role will carry a vote to ensure it directly informs decisions.

10. To be an externally credible representative of the area of expertise for which they have been bought onto the governance structure’s for.

There are no legal or managerial obligations with this role.

NET’s Commitment to Equality Diversity and Inclusion:

To ensure NET’s EDI strategy is fully implemented, the organisation is committed to equal opportunities in employment and all work activities. Every possible step is taken to ensure that no person working for the organisation or seeking employment with us, or anyone receiving our support will receive less favourable treatment or will be disadvantaged by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable on the grounds of their age, disability (including mental health), sex, gender, gender reassignment, gender identity, race/ethnicity, faith/belief, sexual orientation, marital/civil partnership, socio economic status, family status or trade union membership.

Effective Co-Optees to NET’s governance structures will:

1. Be supportive of the NET vision and mission.

2. Have read and understood the Constitution.

3. Understand the legal responsibilities of the NET Trustees and the role of the governance structure.

4. Be able to work with other members of the governance structure to help inform effective decisions.   

5. Attend meetings and read papers in advance of meetings, being mindful of the fast pace of NET operations in crisis.

6. Keep informed about the activities of NET and wider issues, which affect its work. 

7. Be able to express views clearly on relevant issues.

8. Be able to work collaboratively and be able to present challenges appropriately to support Committee cohesion and respect the confidentiality of decision-making.  

9. Commit to address any concerns to the Chair, or if appropriate through the NET Complaints Policy

10. Be recognised as a leading advocate in their area of expertise.

NET Valued Behaviours

NET has a set of valued behaviours that underpin all our activities. These are: 

  • Trusted - Trusted by the Nation to support people in their time of greatest need. 
  • Compassionate - Compassionate in the way we will respond. 
  • Transparent - Transparency will sit at the heart of our operations with beneficiaries, the public, supporters and funders. 
  • Agile - Agility will be our hallmark, able to respond quickly to different types of national emergency, the needs of beneficiaries and our supporters. 
  • Collaborative - Collaboration with the sector and wider partners will be our route to success. 
  • Innovative - Innovative ways of working and supporting innovation across the sector will underpin our approach. 
  • Impartial - Impartiality will ensure we always put the needs of beneficiaries first.


NET insurance will cover all liabilities connected with decisions made by the Committee or Working Group.  


Appointment will be for a specific purpose and a specific duration which will be advised during the appointment process.  The Chair of the governance structure will make any decision about extension or termination of appointment. 

Training: All necessary training will be provided, including appropriate training in relation to EDI.

Conflict of interest: Co-opted members will be expected to follow NET’s Conflict of Interest policy.

Travel: Not Applicable. Remote working contingent on government guidance. 

To apply

Information Required: CV and a covering letter outlining experience

Deadline for expressions of interest: as soon as possible and before 13 July 2020 at 5pm

Interviews: will be held via Zoom w/c 20 July 2020.

Appointment Process: Potential co-optees will be short-listed by the NET staff team and interviewed by at least the Chair and another member of the Allocations Committee who will recommend their appointment to the Board if successful. 

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send details to


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