Love Rowing – Trustee

Love Rowing (British Rowing’s Charitable Foundation) is a young charity in the process of recruiting new Trustees as part of its exciting growth.

Reports to: Love Rowing Board of Trustees

Remuneration: Voluntary (in line with Charity Commission requirements). Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Location: Meetings are generally held at British Rowing Headquarters (Hammersmith), project venues nationally and/or online.

Time commitment: At least five Board meetings per year plus informal meetings on an ad hoc basis, including participation in sub-committees. Attendance at 1-2 fundraising events a year is expected. As a young charity, our trustees play a critical hands-on role across the organisation throughout the year.

As a Trustee you will join an experienced and enthusiastic group of Trustees at an important moment for the charity collaborating to set the strategy and direction of the Charity whilst providing oversight and support on project delivery to the Foundation Director. Our Trustees are essential in supporting the Foundation Director with practical help across fundraising, governance, project management, publicity, impact measurement and finance.

We welcome applications from individuals with plenty of enthusiasm and a range of professional and other relevant experience. We are particularly interested in:

  • Skills at the forefront of diversity and inclusion (D&I) to support us to reach those with the most to gain from access to rowing
  • All-round charity experience, willing to roll their sleeves up and support the Foundation Director to ensure a well-run operation as new opportunities arise
  • Skills in fundraising, marketing and/or previous Treasurer experience to take the charity’s effectiveness to the next level.

Who we are

Love Rowing’s mission is to open the doors of our sport much wider and bring the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of rowing to more people than ever before.  We have already seen incredible impact since the charity was launched with successful projects running around the UK and our ambition is to deepen that impact further. Our impact is accomplished through raising funds to provide grants, guidance and support to schools, rowing clubs and community organisations. Creating accessible and inclusive rowing programmes for school pupils, people with disabilities and other currently underrepresented groups.

There are currently three target areas:

  • Schools – Supporting existing school and community rowing clubs to work with new schools, reaching more pupils around the country, focusing on those from low socio- economic backgrounds.
  • Adaptive – Supporting the development and delivery of high quality and accessible rowing programmes for people with disabilities.
  • Community – Delivering inclusive rowing activity in community settings, in partnership with trusted local partners and establishing pathway opportunities through local rowing clubs.

Further information about Love Rowing is available at

About you

To be successful in this role, you’ll have a passion for changing lives through sport, a strong connection to Love Rowing’s objectives and target communities and the capacity to contribute to the development of the Charity.

Desirable experience includes:

  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
  • A proven track record of strategic vision, sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A commitment to impartiality and fairness
  • Knowledge of D&I best practices and the ability to bring about strategic change to meet our D&I goals
  • A willingness to devote time and effort to the role and to be an advocate for Love Rowing across personal and professional networks
  • An understanding of legal, fiscal and governance requirements for charities
  • Fundraising and marketing experience, including social media
  • Strong financial management skills
  • Energy and passion to make a difference.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter to Ellen Buttrick, Trustee, at [email protected]

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 12 January 2023. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview. Interviews will be held virtually later in January. Please make us aware if you have any availability constraints.

Candidates may also request an informal phone call / meeting to discuss the opportunity, before or after making their application, via the same email address. If doing this before making an application, please give a summary of your career and current role(s) or include a link to an online profile.

Further information

All prospective Trustees will be subject to necessary checks regarding the disclosure of conflicts of interest and disqualification from acting as a Trustee, in line with relevant Charity Commission guidance.

All appointed Trustees will be expected to be aware of their legal responsibilities as Trustees alongside a full and friendly induction to Love Rowing.

Trustees will hold office for a term of four years with a maximum of two consecutive terms of office.

Equal opportunities

Love Rowing is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity organisation. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

If you require any adjustments to support your application, such as information in alternative formats or additional requirements to participate in an interview please contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

Application Dates: From Wednesday 14th December 2022 to Thursday 12th January 2023

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