Overseas Development Institute - Trustee

Programme/ Department: Governance and Secretariat

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Salary: Voluntary

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: N/A

Closing Date: 22 March 2020

Interview: TBC

Assessment: TBC

Overseas Development Institute - Trustee

Evidence. Ideas. Change. 

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world. ODI produces and promotes evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change

Established in 1960, ODI is a non-partisan, non-profit and evidence-driven think tank. With more than 240 staff and ODI Fellows in 30 countries globally, it exists to have real impact for those who need it most. ODI offers a distinctive mix of research, convening and communication power, which has made the organisation the leading think tank for humanitarian and international development issues in the UK for 60 years. As such, ODI works on a wide range of topics, across a variety of countries and regions: climate, environment and energy policy; conflict, risk and natural hazard-related disasters; economic development, finance and aid; governance, politics and justice; poverty, inequality and social policy; migration; women’s rights; digital transformation.



ODI is looking to appoint new Trustees to join The Board and to support the Senior Leadership Team in leading the organisation and setting a new course for ODI building on the reflections generated in the course of the 60th anniversary year through research, think pieces and global convening.

As a member of the Board of Trustees you will have an important role in protecting ODI’s reputation and ensuring ODI is carrying out its charitable purpose.


Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the CE and SLT to develop, frame and review ODI’s organisational direction and strategy, and ensure ODI achieves the goals and objectives defined in its governing documents;
  • Provide support and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team and hold the Chief Executive to account for the performance of ODI;
  • Ensure ODI’s financial and operational viability including approval of budgets, accounts, financial statements and financial reports presented to the Board of Trustees, and ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place to safeguard ODI’s assets;
  • Attend Board and sub-committee meetings and contribute to key strategic debates within the organisation as well as external initiatives;
  • Safeguard ODI’s values, policies, reputation and assets;
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in shaping and reviewing key organisational policies;
  • Act in ODI’s best interest to ensure that the organisation complies with its Articles of Association, Charity Law, Company Law and any other relevant legislation or regulation, and ensuring the effective management of resources and of risk;
  • Represent ODI at key events and promote the organisation within personal and professional networks;
  • Attend ODI led events and engage with staff across the organisation.



If you are interested to become a Trustee, please download the appointment brief and write by Sunday 22 March 2020 to our Company Secretary, Felipe Silverio at f.silverio@odi.org.uk with:

  • your CV;
  • a personal statement setting out your motivation in applying for the role.


Expressions of interests are reviewed by our Nominations Committee and feedback will be provided within 3 weeks of application. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview with the Committee.


If you have any enquires on any aspect of the appointment, please email Felipe Silverio at f.silverio@odi.org.uk  

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