Join the Team – Become a Trustee

Join the Team – Become a Trustee

The Commonwealth encompasses some of the world’s poorest nations. The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) advances health, promotes well-being and improves education for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth. We support the development of safe and effective systems of medicines management, healthier lifestyles, and the reduction of health inequalities. We achieve this through building strong collaborative networks, partnering with member organizations to improve the quality of pharmacy practice through education and creating platforms for the dissemination of knowledge about pharmaceutical sciences and professional practice.

The CPA was originally set up by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1970 and still enjoys close links with this organization and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Since the establishment of the CPA as an independent charity in 2015, the Board of Trustees (also the executive) has consisted of pharmacists from around the Commonwealth. We are currently reviewing the skill mix on this Board to ensure the effective running and growth of the Charity. The pharmacist-led executive will remain as Trustees and the lead for the overall strategy and direction of the charity, but we would like to appoint additional Trustees with a complementary skill set that can offer support and guidance to the executive board on matters such as fundraising, financial oversight, legal advice, information technology, marketing and human resource support.

The CPA is therefore seeking a number of independent Trustees as part of a skill mix review to ensure that we encompass a broad expertise and diverse skill set on the new Board of Trustees. You would be forming part of a team that delivers valued support to the many low and middle income countries that the Commonwealth encompasses. Your skills and experience could genuinely help change improve the health and well-being of others around the globe.

Applications are invited from individuals who have operated at a senior level within the public, private or voluntary sectors, who can commit to four meetings a year via Skype or in person in London for an initial term of two years from June 2017. Of particular value would be expertise in one or more of the following areas: • Financial Management • Legal support • Technical support and social media • Marketing • Strategy development and project management • International development (especially in terms of education and healthcare) • Human resources • Fundraising • Charities

Understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship of a charity would be an advantage, but not essential. In accordance with the Charity Commissioner’s regulations, no remuneration is payable for these positions, but reasonable pre-agreed expenses will be reimbursed.

Please apply by email to the Executive Director via, attaching a full CV. For an informal discussion, please call Victoria on (+44) 7961 436154. Please note that should you be invited, interviews will be towards end of June/beginning July 2017.

Closing date for applications: 23rd June 2017