About RSPH

With over 6,500 members, including academics, students and frontline professionals, RSPH is the leading health education charity dedicated to the public’s health and wellbeing. We work to inform policy and practice, and educate, empower and support communities and individuals to live healthier lives. 

We have a long history of providing education, training and developing programmes to improve the public’s health and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to optimise their health and wellbeing.

As the independent voice for the public’s health, we campaign and develop policy on a range of public health issues, including obesity, gambling and making the high streets more health promoting. We work in partnership with a broad range of different organisations, including charitable trusts, business, the public sector and ‘think tanks’.

Our work covers a wide range of health improvement and health protection issues. Recent initiatives include the publication of a landmark report exploring the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing, Skins & Needles (a report investigating the regulatory environment of special procedures such as tattoos and body piercing), Moving the Needle (which explores attitudes to vaccination at different stages of life) and Health on the High Street (exploring the impact of outlets on health).

We also recognise the key importance of the environment in shaping the public’s health and are committed to tackling health inequalities. 

Trustee Roles

We are governed by a Council of trustees. In order to ensure our governance is robust, the trustees are appointed from a wide cross section of professional backgrounds to provide effective support and challenge to our executive team. The common denominator is that all trustees have a passion for protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the public.

Each year a number of trustees step down and we look to replenish the skill-set and experience of the Council. 

Currently, we are seeking candidates with significant experience of either:

  • management of finances in a complex work environment or
  • health inequalities policy, ideally including inequalities experienced on the social gradient and inequalities experienced by the ethnic minorities.

These are voluntary, unpaid roles. Appointments are usually made for an initial three-year term, which may be extended.

Each year you’ll commit to:

  • one full-day strategy session
  • four Council meetings in London (currently held virtually) up to 3 hours each meeting 
  • serve on sub-committees.

Role Description

The trustees of the RSPH demonstrate a commitment to public health and to using their specific skills, knowledge and experience to help make sound collective decisions for the benefit of the charity. They are responsible for the governance of RSPH and for setting its vision and mission. The trustees are responsible for ensuring financial probity and for the strategic direction of the RSPH. They are dedicated to working with the executive to support the objects of RSPH and to ensure that the organisation flourishes to improve and protect the public’s health.

Main Tasks of an RSPH Trustee 

  • set and maintain the strategic vision and mission of RSPH
  • provide strategic direction in collaboration with the executive, set overall policy, agree goals/targets and evaluate performance against the targets
  • protect and manage the property and assets of RSPH, ensure robust financial control is maintained and lead on making policies on finance and investments
  • ensure that risk assessments for all aspects of RSPH’s business are carried out, managed and monitored
  • support the executive and the operations of the charity and hold the executive to account
  • promote the RSPH and be an ambassador for public health and the role of RSPH in improving the public’s health
  • ensure that potential conflicts of interest are disclosed and managed appropriately
  • regularly attend meetings of the RSPH Council and appropriate subcommittees
  • monitor implementation of internal policies including equality and diversity, health and safety and grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • ensure governance arrangements are being met and review the Council’s own performance
  • ensure that the RSPH complies with its governance arrangements and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

Time Commitment

Every trustee is expected to participate in regular RSPH Council meetings (currently 4 per annum) and may be asked to serve on a sub-committee of the Council. Trustees may be asked to participate in the educational activities of the RSPH by supporting conferences, publications, external relations or training programmes. Opportunities will arise for trustees to support senior staff in specific projects/ initiatives. The average commitment is 6-8 days per year.

More information on the role of trustees can be obtained on the charity commission website.

Term of Office

Trustees are generally appointed for a 3-year term, which may be renewed.

For more details about the roles, the role description and supporting information, please email [email protected].

Candidates will be expected to forward a personal statement and CV to [email protected] by 31 August 2020. 

Interviews will be held via Zoom on 14 September 2020.