Amnesty UK Governance roles | Amnesty International UK

Good governance is essential to our success, helping to set our direction and making or shaping many of the big decisions that we take as an organisation. So we seek individuals with a broad range of skills, experiences and backgrounds to join our governance bodies. 

Because Amnesty International UK Section is a democratic, membership-led organisation, some of our key governance positions are subject to election by our membership. These include the majority of our section’s Board members, as well as a number of important positions that are elected at the annual general meeting. 

There are also a number of fixed term governance posts that are appointed annually. In addition, we also have a number of particular tasks where we would welcome specialist expertise and support throughout the year.

All governance roles are fulfilled on a voluntary basis with out-of-pocket expenses fully reimbursed.

If you are interested in supporting Amnesty UK’s governance, please consider the following:

  • Some of our governance posts, like elected Board members, require that you are an Amnesty member before you apply. Others don’t. However, we expect that upon appointment, everyone occupying a governance position will be an individual member of Amnesty International UK Section. Become an Amnesty UK member.
  • Join our governance vacancy mailing list and register your interest in particular areas of governance. We will let you know when vacancies become available 
  • Contact the Nominations Committee for any questions you may have: 
  • Keep an eye out for the roles that may suit your skillset, and apply!


Governance positions at Amnesty International UK 

Amnesty International’s governance positions are set out in the following table. If you are interested in a governance position, please bookmark this page and review it regularly, as the information is subject to ongoing review.

 Job SpecNext applications openNext application deadlineAppointment (or election)Induction & Start date
Positions elected by the membership of AIUK Section through direct election
Amnesty UK Section Board members  - elected Role specPlease see dedicated web-page which goes live in August annually
Positions elected by the membership of AIUK Section at its Annual General Meeting
AGM ChairTo follow, Autumn 2017October (tbc)January (tbc)April (at the AGM)April
Members of the AGM Standing Orders CommitteeTo follow, Autumn 2017October (tbc)January (tbc)April (at the AGM)April
Members of the Members and Directors Appeals CommitteeTo follow, Autumn 2017October (tbc)January (tbc)April (at the AGM)April
Posts appointed by the Board of Amnesty International UK Section
Amnesty UK Section Board - co-opted specialistsRole specJuneJulyAugust September
Trustees of Amnesty UK Charitable Trust  
Members of the Finance, Audit & Risk 
Board sub-committee  

Role specJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Members of the Human Resources Board sub-committeeRole specJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Members of the Campaigns & Impact Board sub-committee  Role specJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Members of Activism Board sub-committee postsRole specJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Members of the Board Nominations sub-committeeRole specJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Posts appointed by the AGM Chair
AGM Working Party Chairs Role specOctober 2017 (tbc)end February 2018 (tbc)March 2018March 2018
Posts nominated by Amnesty UK Board, appointed by the International Council Meeting
ICM Chair     
ICM Volunteers     
ICM elected Membership Appeals Committee     
International Board     
International Nominations Committee     
International Finance Committee     


Applying for a role

Potential candidates for elected Board member seats should visit the dedicated web page for the Board elections, which is now live. 

For all other positions, please complete the application form and return to:


Governance application form

Subscribe to the Governance vacancies mailing list.



Governance application form
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