Vacancy: Trustee

Location: Hybrid Remote & Face to Face at Resuscitation Council UK, 60-62 Margaret Street, London W1W 8TF.

Do you have a background in communications, policy influencing and NFP income generation? If you are passionate about working with an organisation that is committed to working to improve the chances of survival from cardiac arrest, then we’d love to have your application to join our Board of Trustees.

Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) is a Charitable Trust, established in 1983 by Trust Deed and became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2016. The governing documents of RCUK are the Constitution and Rules. 

The Elected Trustees of RCUK are the President, Vice-President, Honorary Treasurer, and Honorary Secretary who are elected by the membership and Appointed Trustees who are appointed by the Elected Trustees. 

The Trustees may delegate certain powers to agents or employees of Resuscitation Council UK, but they retain collective responsibility for governing the charity and making decisions on how it is run. In doing so, they must act within their powers, in good faith and only in the interests of the charity.

You will be collegiate, share RCUK’s passion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and be able to commit approximately 10-12 days’ worth of time to the role each year.

You don’t need experience of sitting on a board to be one of our Trustees - we simply want interest, commitment and the expertise that you can bring to the table. 

Everyone applying to be a Trustee at Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) should meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to act as an energetic and informed advocate for RCUK’s work – you share our energy and positivity.
  • Can devote time, enthusiasm and effort to the duties and responsibilities of being a Trustee. 
  • Have great strategic insight.
  • Independent judgement and willingness to challenge.
  • Commitment to the ethos and values of the organisation.
  • Have the ability to powerfully articulate the importance of RCUK’s work.

We are particularly keen to hear from people who can support the development of our work in communications, policy influencing and NFP income generation.

RCUK is an equal opportunities employer committed to equal opportunities policies. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds so that our board mirrors the community we serve. We welcome applicants from anyone regardless of their disability, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexuality, religion, socio-economic background and political beliefs.

The Appointed Trustees shall work with the Elected Trustees to manage the affairs of RCUK and may for that purpose exercise all the powers of RCUK. It is the duty of each Trustee: 

  • to exercise their powers and to perform their functions as a Trustee of RCUK in the way they decide is in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of RCUK
  • to exercise, in the performance of those functions, such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances having regard in particular to any special knowledge, experience or professional expertise that they may have. 

Appointed Trustees shall hold office for three years from the date of their appointment. A person is eligible for re-appointment save that an Appointed Trustee shall not serve more than nine years in total as a Trustee.

General duties:

  • to ensure that RCUK complies with its governing document, organisation law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • to ensure charity reports, accounts and annual returns are completed on time
  • to ensure that RCUK pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document 
  • to ensure RCUK applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives i.e. the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are 
  • to contribute actively to the committee of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to RCUK, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • to safeguard the good name and values of RCUK and to represent the charity at functions and meetings as appropriate
  • to declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee
  • to be collectively responsible for the actions of RCUK and other Trustees
  • to ensure the effective and efficient administration of RCUK 
  • to ensure the financial stability of RCUK
  • to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds 
  • to make sure RCUK is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities
  • to attend meetings, and to read papers in advance of meetings 
  • to participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff 
  • to keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work
  • to act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and misuse of charity assets/funds
  • to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of RCUK activity.

In addition to the above duties, all Trustees shall use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the other Trustees and members of the Executive reach sound decisions.  This may involve, but not limited to; scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation’s work in which the Trustee has special expertise.

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Would you like to become part of our exciting journey?

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit:

  • An updated version of your CV.
  • A supporting statement, of no more than two sides, explaining how your skills and experience can support and add value to our organisation.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form.

We welcome and will accept applications using an alternative process (such as video or audio applications). Please contact us on email or by phone to discuss this prior to submitting your application.

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please email

Previous experience as a trustee is not essential. And we actively welcome applicants who represent the diversity of communities that we serve.

Why join RCUK?  

At Resuscitation Council UK, we pride ourselves on our inclusive, friendly staff team and Trustees, who use their compassion and expertise to support each other. Teamwork and partnership working is at the centre of our mission to save lives.

Sudden death from a cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the UK and it can strike anyone, at any time, anywhere. To combat this, we’re educating healthcare professionals and the public in all aspects of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We also want people to have conversations and be able to express their preferences for emergency situations which may include not wanting to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

We're passionate about the work we do, and proud of the experts who provide the clinical guidance and expertise that supports RCUK's work. Many of these experts are influential not only in Europe as Members or Chairs of committees within the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), but also within the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) community.

Our Trustees are comprised of clinical experts and laypersons, all working together and entrusted to guide RCUK towards achieving our Vision to 2030. 

We are especially keen to hear from you if you have specific expertise in Business Development/Commercial Strategy to help drive our income diversification and new products to save lives.

When you apply to work with us, we aim to provide appropriate support every step of the way. Here are some of the ways we can support applicants and Trustees: 

  • Supporting travel requirements: Some travel to the office or other locations will be required as part of the role and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Alternative application processes: We are asking for CVs and covering letters so you can tell us how your skills and experience can support and add value to Resuscitation Council UK. However, if an alternative method of applying – such as sending us a video or audio clip about yourself – works better for you, we welcome your application. We want our applicants to shine, so we’re flexible to your needs. 
  • Equity for all applicants: when we receive applications, those who shortlist candidates for each role will not have access to your name, age or date of birth. In addition, we ask you to submit a diversity monitoring form. We won’t use the information in the diversity monitoring forms during the recruitment process itself, but the information we receive will help us to understand whether our job advertisements are successfully attracting a diverse range of applicants.
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Our vision to 2030

Our vision to 2030 lays out four key goals that, with the help of the resuscitation community, we'd like to achieve by 2030.