Wanted: Join the IIED board of trustees

Article, 15 February 2021

IIED is seeking five trustees with a variety of backgrounds ranging from law and governance to social mobilisation, sustainable development and climate policy, to join its board of trustees.

Cover of IIED's trustee application pack, with the words: "Appointment of trustees to the board of trustees at IIED"

Trustees bring knowledge, experience and judgment to strategic discussions to guide IIED's mission (Background photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

IIED is seeking five new trustees to join its board of trustees. The institute is looking for trustees with experience and background in law, governance, financial accounting, environmental activism, social mobilisation, research on sustainable development and climate and/or sustainable development and climate public policy. 

Candidates should be from South or East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe (EU), the UK, Latin America or the Caribbean regions. 

Tara Shine, the chair of IIED’s board of trustees, said: “Our board reflects our international perspective and ambition. Our trustees contribute actively, bringing their knowledge, experience and judgment to discussions, helping us to work towards for a fairer future for all. 

“If you are excited by what we do and would like to contribute, we very much look forward to hearing from you.”

Key details

Salary: Unpaid positions – three-year term, commencing November 2021
Closing date: 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday, 24 March 2021
How to apply or nominate someone: See full instructions below

IIED is an independent action research organisation that works to promote global social and environmental justice. IIED has an international board with representation of relevant experience and skills from all the major regions where we work or have important partnerships. 

The institute is seeking people with wide-ranging strategic experience at board level who have ideally fulfilled a trustee role in a not-for-profit organisation previously. The ideal candidates will have a very good understanding of IIED’s area of business, would be able to clearly articulate its mission and values and demonstrate how they can contribute towards steering the organisation through the challenges ahead.


•    Understanding and interest in the mission, values and substance of IIED’s work
•    Experience in strategy and management at board level 
•    Experience of the context within which international NGOs and think tanks operate, including those funded by combinations of government agencies, international institutions, private trusts and foundations, and private sector businesses
•    Ability to dedicate sufficient time to the role (a minimum of eight days per year), including attending a two-day meeting in London twice a year in June and November (premium economy airfare, accommodation and a small per diem is provided) and half-day online meetings March and September
•    Ability to develop positive relationships with management and board members, and
•    Ability to work as part of a team taking account of the diversity and different cultures of board members.

The board is keen for IIED's board of trustees as a whole to reflect the diversity of IIED’s partners, networks and audiences.

IIED-Europe was established in late 2020. The European (EU) candidate has the opportunity to join the IIED-Europe supervisory board in addition to IIED’s board.

In the short video interview above, Tara Shine, the chair of IIED’s board of trustees, explains some of the benefits of being involved from her own experience

How to apply

Applicants: The deadline for applications is 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday, 24 March 2021.

Applications should be in the form of a covering letter along with a CV, addressed to the nominations sub-committee, and emailed to Liz Aspden (liz.aspden@iied.org).

Nominations: People wishing to nominate other individuals are invited to submit a covering letter to liz.aspden@iied.org in support of their nominee by 5pm (UK time) on Wednesday, 24 March 2021. The letter should set why you think your nominee has the right profile and what added value you think the person can bring to the board.

Selection process: Interviews will take place in April to June. 


Liz Aspden (liz.aspden@iied.org), executive assistant to the director

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