Have you been affected by cancer as a patient or carer, and would you like to be involved as a trustee in helping us to accelerate the progress of cancer research?

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a UK-wide partnership between research funders working together to make faster progress against cancer. Established in 2001, NCRI works to coordinate research related to cancer, to improve the quality and relevance of research, and to accelerate the translation of research into clinical practice for the benefit of patients. Covid-19 has had a dramatic impact on cancer research funding, and the next few years will be critical. NCRI has a crucial strategic role to play in driving a coordinated re-start following the pandemic, for maximum impact on patients: its work has never been more necessary.

The NCRI is seeking a trustee to join its Board and help strengthen its core purpose of promoting coordination and collaboration in cancer research.

Our trustees are the custodians of the NCRI, responsible for ensuring that our resources are used effectively in pursuit of our main objectives. As a trustee, you will also have oversight of our strategic vision and hold us accountable to our objectives. Our trustees’ perspectives help to ensure that we remain focused on our charitable objects.

Our work to advance cancer research puts cancer patients and carers at its heart, by inviting patients, carers and others affected by cancer (also known as ‘consumers’) to participate in all aspects of our work.  This trustee position will be for a consumer, but there is no requirement for the individual to be a member of the NCRI Consumer Forum.

We’re looking to recruit people from across the age spectrum, from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and encourage interest from individuals whose lives have been affected by cancer. If you believe you have skills developed from your professional life combined with the energy, commitment and drive to make a difference and bring a new perspective we are keen to hear from you.

Candidates will bring a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a belief in the strategic aims, vision and culture of the NCRI.

Although we are based in London, our Partners are spread across the UK, and we are keen to reflect that regional diversity on our Board. With teleconferencing facilities and travelling expenses available, applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of geographical location.

  • You will be required to attend at least six meetings of the Board per year, each lasting between 1-3 hours. You will also be expected to attend our NCRI Cancer Conference, our flagship four-day event held in November each year, for which registration fees and expenses will be paid.
  • Whilst this is a volunteer role, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with NCRI’s expenses policy.
  • The term of appointment will be three years initially with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of two further terms (unless there are exceptional circumstances that justify a further term being in the best interests of the NCRI).

Further information and how to apply

  • Further information about NCRI and our current Chair and trustees can be found on our website at www.ncri.org.uk.
  • More information can be found in the role profile
  • Formal guidance on the responsibilities of trustees is issued by the Charity Commission via Guidance Note CC03

If you think you can help steer NCRI as we begin to prepare our new strategic direction, please send your CV, along with a covering letter (maximum of two sides) answering these three questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a trustee for the National Cancer Research Institute?
  2. What can you bring to the Board of Trustees?
  3. How your experience and skills would help you make a difference?

Please email completed applications to info@ncri.org.uk

Appointment details

  • Term: Three years
  • Closing date: 16 May 2021 (midnight)
  • Interview date: w/c 7 June 2021 London (tbc)