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The Animal Free Research UK team is composed of highly knowledgeable, experienced and professional individuals motivated to help deliver our aims. We recruit highly talented individuals who align to our vision and values and are willing to go that extra mile. Our team share a number of attributes irrespective of role, which include: great team working ability, self-motivation, target and delivery focus, pride in delivering high quality work and of course respect and consideration to both humans and animals alike.

Trustee Vacancy

(Unremunerated  – expenses paid)
Meetings are held in Hitchin, Hertfordshire or London

Animal Free Research UK (AFR UK) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity that funds and promotes the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research and testing.

Animal Free Research UK funds an extensive portfolio of high calibre scientific research projects within the UK that focus on replacing the use of animals used in medical research. Income to fund AFR UK research is generated almost exclusively by donations and legacies. The Board is looking for a new trustee who are aligned to the ethos of AFR UK, and would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their expertise to provide the robust and dynamic governance that is needed to ensure AFR UK remains on mission and achieves its ambitions to grow the charity.

In this role, and along with the Board of Trustees and the CEO and senior management team, you will help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values, as well as developing the strategy, and ensuring compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governmental obligations. Previous experience in a trustee role is not essential, as a full induction will be provided.

Taking on the role of a trustee of AFR UK is a significant undertaking. The Board meets at least 4 times per year on Saturdays in March, June, August and December and an appropriate time commitment will be required over the course of the year for the preparative work required in between meetings.

We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with skills in HR, charity finance, strategy and business.

Term: Three years, renewable for a further 3 years if a specific board role (e.g. Chair) is adopted.

How to apply: Download the Trustee Application Pack in the first instance. You are welcome to contact Carla Owen, Chief Executive, for an informal discussion:

T: 01462 436819. E:

Closing date: 6th August

Interviews: 3rd September in central London

Application is by way of a covering letter and CV addressed to Kit Byatt, Chair of Trustees, c/o Carla Owen at the above email address.

Within your covering letter, please include detail relating to the following areas:

Interest and Motivation
Please explain why you would like to become a trustee of Animal Free Research UK.

What relevant skills and expertise would you bring to the Board?

Please include details of recent relevant experience including employment, voluntary work, community activities etc.

Animal Free Research UK Ethos
Explain how your own personal ethos is aligned to AFR UK.

Do you have any personal or professional links with the charity? If so please specify.

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