nia, the charity for women and girls escaping male violence, is looking for new members to join our board of trustees. For more than 45 years, nia has provided high quality, women-led services across north and east London. We operate two refuges, run the East London Rape Crisis helpline, and offer independent advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence to guide them through the courts.

Board members help set the organisation’s strategic goals andprovide support and oversight to the CEO and senior staff. They advise on fundraising, financial management, media relations and communication, and sit on interview panels when nia is hiring new staff. Trustees are expected to attend four board meetings a year, and may also work on individual projects or in working groups.

Our trustees work on a voluntary basis and are not expected to contribute financially to the organisation – all we want is your time.

The role of the trustee is to govern the organsation, provide leadership and over direction; to ensure the organisation has a clear vision and aims and effective strategies to achieve these; and to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation.

We would like to develop the skills on the board of trustees and ensure trustees are representative of the diverse communities that we serve, so we’re particularly looking for feminists who have acountancy qualifications and / or women who have been subjected to men’s violence, Black and minoritised women, lesbians, disabled women and young women, but please don’t be put off if you don’t fall into any of these categories.

Closing Date: 10am, 7th January 2022
Interview dates: 19th/20th January

You can apply by:

  • Submitting your application via the online form below,
  • Emailing your completed application to:,
  • Posting your application in a sealed envelope marked “Private & Confidential” to Rachel Evans, nia, P.O Box 58203, London, N1 3XP.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to someone informally about joining the board, please contact Rachel Evans, Head of Central Services at:

As part of the recruitment process an enhanced vetting and barring check is carried out, but this does not necessarily exclude applicants. These posts are open to women only. Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR), Schedule 9 (Work; Exceptions), Part 1 (Occupational Requirements), of the Equality Act (2010) applies.

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Rape Crisis national service standards - Rape Crisis professionally approved
Advice Quality Standard
Safe Lives Leading Lights 2019 accreditation
Women's Aid national standard of quality 2018
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