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Our vision is a world where people understand that they have a key role in beating Dementia

The role of a Trustee

As a non-executive member of the Board, you will share the collective responsibility for the effective governance and development of Dementia Prevention UK (DPUK), setting its strategic direction and major policies with the Chief Executive and senior staff in accordance with the Charity’s objects, vision, mission and values.

Trustees of DPUK are expected to enter into a positive and proactive relationship with the charity and its staff, as well as providing oversight and guidance for its future strategy and fulfilling the necessary statutory governance obligations.

Trustees are ambassadors for the charity and will fully embody our values, to be change making, pioneering, relentless and agile.

The term

Trustees are appointed for an initial term of one year. Thereafter, Trustees may be elected by the Trustees for up to three subsequent terms of up to three years, provided that no person may serve as a Trustee for more than ten years. Trustees may require a Trustee to retire at any time by unanimous agreement (save for up to two dissenters).

Specific and statutory duties

Leadership and strategic direction. Trustees commit to:

  • Ensuring that the Charity’s strategic direction, policies, control systems and objectives are clear and regularly reviewed.
  • To have good communications with the Chief Executive and senior staff.
  • Debating and approving the Charity’s annual plan and budget, ensuring these are financially sound.
  • Considering the organisation as a whole, and its remit and beneficiaries, in all discussion of strategic direction, planning and activity.
  • Bringing fresh thinking and new ideas to Board discussion, enhancing the Charity’s fundraising effectiveness and influencing, and the performance of its charitable remit.

Ensuring best practice. Trustees commit to:

  • Fulfil the Trustees’ legal and financial responsibilities as outlined in Charity Commission guidance for Trustees.
  • Maintain partnership and good relations with the Chief Executive, senior managerial staff and the wider staff team.
  • Contribute specific knowledge, skills, experience, interests and contacts to maximise the Charity’s ability to raise income and to influence and fulfil its remit as quickly as practicable.
  • Advise and support the Charity’s aim to be efficient.
  • Be an active member of the Board and any of its Subcommittees and Working Groups.
  • Participate fully in education and training provided for the benefit of Trustees
  • To fulfil other duties and assignments as may be requested from time to time by the Board

Trustees can help DPUK by:

  • Being a strong Ambassador for the charity, promoting DPUK’s vision to defeat dementia at relevant opportunities
  • Provide introductions to key contacts who might be interested in the work of DPUK, or who DPUK would benefit from working with
  • Supporting DPUK’s fundraising activity, working with supporters, major donors and Trusts as appropriate
  • Work closely with other Trustees to build a strong effective Board
  • Strategic advice
  • Input on governance, processes and effective running of the charity

DPUK stewardship

DPUK is committed to providing our Trustees with the highest level of support and training to ensure they are able to carry out their role effectively and represent the charity.

We commit to:

  • Provide a high level of governance support to ensure Trustees are fully equipped to carry out their duties at Trustee meetings, Sub-Committees and other formal meetings where they represent the charity
  • Provide Trustees with access to the latest information about our work and dementia research so they are well informed to act as Ambassadors
  • Equip Trustees with the necessary materials, information and resources for all activities they will undertake on our behalf, and appoint appropriate assistance from within Dementia Prevention UK to maximise support
  • Induction and training programme

Who We Are

Dementia Prevention UK is a charity is not for profit organisation seeking charity status providing knowledge to the public on cognitive reserve and its role in Dementia prevention. We are committed to providing the public with knowledge, support and tools to improve their chances to prevention or delay of Dementia.

Our people are vital to our mission. Our pioneering spirit is reflected in the energy and drive of our staff – all of whom play a key role in helping realise our vision A world where people understand that they have a key role in beating Dementia

Working for Dementia Prevention UK, you can be part of a team that is:

  • Providing trusted information about dementia to people affected and their families, helping improve understanding around the condition and the potential for research to defeat it
  • Campaigning to keep dementia research on the political agenda, working to ensure government funding for research is a priority and that the environment is right for biomedical research into dementia to succeed
  • Building a social movement behind our cause, connecting with thousands of people who are helping to power the fightback against dementia

Useful Information

Diversity Policy Statement

Everyone has the right to be treated with consideration and respect. DPUK is committed to achieving a truly inclusive environment for all, by developing better working relationships that release the full potential, creativity and productivity of each individual. DPUK aims to ensure that all staff, volunteers, donors, partners, contractors, and the general public are treated fairly. This will be regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, or national origin), disability, medical status, age, religion or belief, political opinion, social or economic status, or ex-offender status.

Use of Curriculum Vitae (CVs)

Our policy is to recruit and employ our employees and volunteers on the basis of their suitability for the work to be done. All CVs received prior to the closing date of the role will be considered assuming that they are accompanied with a covering letter. Please note that CVs will be kept by Dementia Prevention UK in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Although we will endeavour to consider previous or speculative applications where possible, due to the number we receive, we encourage you to regularly view our website for upcoming opportunities.


DPUK is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to ensuring all applications are treated fairly.

All applications are subject to our shortlisting process; if you are shortlisted we will contact you and invite you to attend an interview. You will also be advised at this point if there will be any skills test, presentations etc.

Employment Checks

All offers of employment are made subject to the following criteria: proof of eligibility to work in the UK, proof of residency and satisfactory employment screening, and two references satisfactory to DPUK and, if required, a Satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Check.

To apply for this job email your details to info@dementiapreventionuk.com.