New position on GLAN's Board of Trustees 

Opportunity description

GLAN pursues legal actions internationally against powerful actors involved with human rights abuses and environmental harms. Our growing team is seeking a trustee with experience in HR and people management. 

What will you be doing?

The Board is responsible for the smooth-running of the organisation and supporting the Director. You will be supporting our 9 members of staff and part of our 30+ strong volunteer team. You will also have the opportunity to learn about our international legal work tacking serious human rights violations and environmental harms.  


HR Trustee Main tasks

  • Ensure that HR activities and interventions are linked to the company’s charitable objectives and align with the company’s culture and values.

  • Advise the organization ensure best HR practice and complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Ensure the long-term strategic oversight of the organisation’s personnel and staffing requirements in relation to the overarching goals of the charity.

  • Provide advice and guidance to the Director, Board, the Chair on HR matters and people management.

  • Support the Director, Board, the Chair improve and further develop our existing HR policy and practice

  • Support the Director ensure highest standards of governance in both policies and practice related to employee relations, recruitment, retention, reward and recognition as well as staff and trustee training and development. 

  • Support the Director and Board to review policies and procedures affecting the Board of Trustees such as recruitment, selection, induction, grievance, code of conduct etc.

  • Advise on assessing risks and measuring the impact of HR interventions in the light of changing legal requirements and best practice.

  • Advise on pay reviews and contracts.


What are we looking for?

We are seeking an individual from a legal background with:

  • A substantial background as a senior HR professional, with proven track record of success at an operational and strategic level.

  • Professional experience in HR policies & processes

  • Knowledge of HR employment law issues 

  • An understanding of current developments in HR, staff and development training and recruitment

  • Strong people management skills

  • Experience of developing, executing and reviewing HR strategies and related goals.

  • Prior experience of trustee work and experience dealing with HR of charities.

  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.

  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.

  • Extensive experience of chairing meetings, committee work, some experience of charity finance, charity fundraising.

  • A general background in strategy, governance, finance, HR, fundraising would be useful.

  • Leadership skills exercised through a period change.

What difference will you make?

As part of our board you will support and shape our work and strategic direction, as well as help us achieve our purpose to pursue innovative legal actions across borders to challenge powerful actors involved in human rights violations and systemic injustice.

This is a vital role, helping ensure we can properly support our staff whose priority are the affected communities we work for.  As a trustee, you will have a real opportunity to has a front row seat in our organisation and offer your unique skill set to help the strategic progression of the charity.

What's in it for the volunteer?

We are a creative, passionate and hard-working group of dedicated professionals building a ground-breaking charity. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape its future trajectory. As a young organisation with a unique approach, GLAN would be the perfect platform for you to creatively contribute to meaningful work. Ultimately, you would gain a unique experience by being part of a team that aims to make a tangible impact in the field of human rights.



Candidates should send an expression of interest and a CV to Gearóid Ó Cuinn, GLAN’s director by 5pm on March 22nd 2022 by emailing GLAN is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from black, Asian, minority ethnic and/or disabled candidates, as well as those who have been directly impacted by injustice.