UK Youth Climate Coalition Trustee

The role of Trustee at UKYCC requires one or more of the following specialisations:

- Finance
- Law
- Campaign experience
- Media / communications
- Wellbeing

This is an 18-month voluntary post. We are asking for a commitment to:

4 x per year: attendance of quarterly meetings of the full Board of Trustees. This will be in person (by Skype if necessary) in a place convenient to the Board - most often in London. (Travel expenses to these meetings can be provided)

Around once a month: participation in relevant Skype calls with the UKYCC teams.

Around once a week: to be responsive to requests from UKYCC Organising Team to provide advice or assistance with relevant matters- via Slack, UKYCC email or Skype

Consistent: Adhere to our mission, vision and values

The Board of Trustees exists to:

Offer support, guidance and friendship to the UKYCC team. Board members are encouraged to build active relationships with members of the Organising Team, as mentors and advisors.

Ensure that the UKYCC is working towards its strategic objectives of mobilising, uniting, empowering and inspiring young people to create a clean, just future. The Board of Trustees is designed to take a longer-term view and to have a clearer perception of the overall progress being made, enabling the organisation to be more effective and strategic.

Key areas where the UKYCC members look for support:

Monitoring & Evaluation – reviewing the impact UKYCC has had on individuals, the organisation and celebrating the change that UKYCC has brought about.

Understanding and learning from projects previously undertaken by UKYCC and using this to make recommendations for future work. Improving and supporting strong monitoring and evaluation throughout UKYCC.

Long-term strategy – understanding and responding to the medium- and long-term opportunities, events, challenges and threats. In-depth analysis of the future climate, environmental, political and cultural landscape, to inform, support and develop UKYCC’s long term strategy.

Human resources – support for the legal and financial security of the organisation, and the appointment, induction and transition of the Team Coordinators. Continual support for the UKYCC Organising Team and Team Coordinators in this respect.

Areas of responsibility:

Oversee the long-term strategy of UKYCC and support the Team Coordinators and Organising Team to fulfil this.

Hold the organisation to account by ensuring the activities of UKYCC match a long-term strategy agreed between the Team Coordinators, Trustee Board and Organising Team in line with our mission statement, visioning statements and guiding principles.

The Board would provide the checks, balance and scrutiny of the Team leaders and UKYCC working groups to ensure daily decisions are reflective and supportive of the organisation’s long-term strategy, security, and legal and financial well-being.

Support the long-term sustainability and relevance of the organisation.

Support the capture and sharing of institutional knowledge and learning throughout the organisation.

Fill knowledge gaps in the organisation (e.g. legal and financial) and help locate advice or expertise.

Note: The Board is not an executive decision-making body. Responsibility for decision-making lies with the Team Coordinators in consultation with the Organising Team. The Board can, however, make recommendations and may ask why decisions have been taken.


The UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) is a non-profit organisation run entirely by a team of highly-motivated young volunteers, all of whom are between the ages of 18-29.

Our Mission: UKYCC mobilises and empowers young people to take positive action for global climate justice.

Our Vision is for a just, sustainable world in which current and future generations enjoy and protect a healthy environment.

[Our members tend to be based in the UK, however this is not a precondition of your membership with UKYCC, and you do not have to be a UK national to join]

History of UKYCC

In 2008 Emma Biermann and Casper Ter Kuile founded UKYCC. On a voyage to the Arctic with WWF they heard from inspiring young people about their energy, creativity, passion and commitments towards fighting climate change. So naturally they wanted to do the same here in the UK.

UKYCC grew to become a base of founding members and a wider network of connected organisations who tasked themselves with attending the UN Climate Talks in 2008.

Over the years UKYCC has attended annual COPs, and many inter-sessionals, as well as generating a plethora of climate change-oriented campaigns.

Since our birth, UKYCC has expanded to work on community, national and international levels. Now, we stand as three core campaign working groups as well as small teams who ensure our smooth operation.

Your application – additional details!

In your application please list any experience relating to the following themes. We are not looking for extensive details, just a list will do!

Finance OR Law (desirable)
Volunteering / pastoral skills (very desirable)
Politics in UK (desirable)
Campaign strategy & mobilisation (desirable)
Media / communications (desirable)
International climate politics (desirable)
Community energy / community activism (desirable)
Facilitation skills (desirable)
Experience of running small organisations (not essential but interesting!)
Knowledge/expertise in the field of climate science (not essential but interesting!)
Any other experience you think is relevant!

To apply for this role (after reading the full person and role specification), please email Grace at, telling us in no more than 300 words why you would like to act as Trustee to the UK Youth Climate Coalition. Applications will be discussed amongst the organising team and, if successful, you will be invited for an interview over Skype.


We strongly encourage applications from self-identifying women, people of colour and LGBTQIA+ candidates, although all applications will be considered on their own merit. We are committed to breaking down all barriers to participation in the UK movement for Climate Justice and we do all we can to welcome everyone to engage fully, particularly people who are disabled or on a low income. Additionally, although we are a youth organisation, there is no upper age limit for our Trustees!

This recruitment process is being conducted on a rolling basis so interested applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. For further information about this post please contact

We look forward to hearing from you!

How to apply:

To apply for this role, after reading the full person and role specification please email Grace at, telling us in no more than 300 words why you would like to act as Trustee to the UK Youth Climate Coalition. Applications will be discussed amongst the organising team and, if successful, you will be invited for an interview over Skype.

  • Closing Date:
  • Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 22:15

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