Job Opportunities



Job Opportunities at The Circle



We are recruiting for a new Chair of Trustees to lead our Board with energy and commitment. We welcome expressions of interest from people who share our passion for the rights of women and girls around the world. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small but mighty organisation with big ambitions. 

The Circle is a dynamic global organisation of women supporting women. Founded by singer, songwriter and activist Annie Lennox. We are focussed on fighting for equality and safety for some of the most disempowered women and girls around the world. Our work is driven by the knowledge that when women come together and organise, they are a powerful force for change. We have long seen how the collective power of women throughout history has contributed to significant change. This is our unique strength. We are proud our members are a diverse network of women from all walks of life and backgrounds who have something in common: the belief that by working together we can create a world where women and girls have equal rights and equal opportunities.  

Our vision  

Equality and safety for all women and girls in a fairer world. 

Our Mission 

  • To inspire one million women and girls to become changemakers globally 
  • To build a dynamic community of global feminists 

We do this by 

  • Inspiring diverse, passionate, and leading women to come together to share resources, skills, networks and creativity to bring about change. 
  • Solution-focused fundraising, programming and advocacy focused on economic empowerment and ending violence against women. 

Our Supporters  

Women join individually or as part of a collective – women from all walks of life are welcome. The Circle has successfully engaged groups of creative and influential women to create a diverse range of Circles which fundraise, advocate, share skills and raise awareness, e.g. The Lawyer’s Circle, The Music Circle, The Healthcare Circle and more.  

Our achievements  

  • We have raised over £2.8m which has supported over 160,000 women and girls in more than 16 countries. 
  • We have produced reports that have set out the legal argument for the rights of women through promoting the Maputo Protocol in Africa and a Living Wage in the garment industry. These reports have then been used to advocate for change at the UN and EU 
  • Developed unique projects on the ground including The Marie Colvin Journalists Network, providing professional development and support to over 200 female journalists in the Middle East.   
  • Supported a range of grassroots projects, organisations and campaigns each year that work on a range of issues including violence against women to economic empowerment. Most recently this support has been through our new Women and Girl’s Solidarity Fund.  

The Role 

We are looking for an experienced leader to Chair our Board through an exciting new phase of our strategy and mission. The Chair will lead and develop the Board of Trustees and provide support and direction to the Chief Executive and the broader team. The Chair is responsible for ensuring the Board possesses the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to direct our strategy and support the execution of its mission. 

The Chair will have a passion for women’s rights and commitment to building a fairer world where women and girls can reach their potential and challenge the injustice of inequality. They will bring credibilitystrong interpersonal skillsand they will share our values. We are committed to achieving greater diversity in its board, and we welcome applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability. 

Skills & Experience 

  • Senior management experience in a corporate, commercial, charity or public sector organisation, ideally within a multi-cultural stakeholder environment 
  • Board level experience, ideally as Chair but certainly at senior Executive or Non-Executive Director level 
  • Knowledge and passion for women’s rights 
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to engage a wide range of networks 
  • Advocacy and ambassadorial skills to represent The Circle nationally and globally 
  • Experience and knowledge of fundraising from diverse sources  
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 
  • An ability to think creatively  
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team  
  • A willingness to speak their mind  
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship  
  • A commitment to our valuesempowerment, passion, innovation, respect & equality.  
  • Deadline for applications: 10th February 2021 
  • Interviews: w/c 15th February 2021 
  • Final Panel Interviews: w/c 1st March 2021 

 For more information about this exciting opportunity, and to find out how to apply, download the APPLICATION PACK.


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