Would you like to help improve education for young people with Down syndrome by volunteering as a Trustee?

Our Trustees play a vital role guiding and overseeing our work to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for young people with Down syndrome. We are currently seeking to recruit additional Trustees to the board of Down Syndrome Education International.

Down Syndrome Education International is governed by a board of volunteer Trustees. Trustees are responsible for the overall operation of the charity and ensuring that we meet our charitable purposes. They do this by deciding strategy and overseeing our activities.

Our charity Trustees also serve as company directors as the charity is incorporated as a limited company. For further information about the roles and eligibility as a charity Trustee, please see the guidance Charity trustee: what’s involved.

We are looking for volunteers with a passion for improving education for children with Down syndrome worldwide through scientific research and practical support for families and professionals. You do not need to be a parent or relative of a person with Down syndrome to serve as a Trustee – indeed we encourage professionals to bring their perspective as much as we encourage family members.

When recruiting Trustees, we aim to assemble a balanced board including people with a range of skills and experience. Relevant skills and experience include scientific research, teaching and therapy, sales and marketing, accounting, business management, publishing, training and information technology.

DSE is continuing to develop and deliver more digital services to people around the world. We are particularly interested in volunteers with expertise and experience in digital technologies who can help us to continue to innovate in these areas.

DSE is also continuing to evolve and grow a social enterprise model capable of growing service delivery and contributing to future pure and applied research. We welcome volunteers with commercial sales, marketing, distribution and similar skills and experience.

Our Trustees meet in person in London three times each year. In between meetings, we communicate via email and the occasional telephone conference. Including the meetings (but not travel), you should plan to volunteer a minimum of 25 hours to the role each year. Trustees are unpaid though we can reimburse out-of-pocket expenses.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve as a Trustee of Down Syndrome Education International, please contact our CEO, Frank Buckley, via hello@dseinternational.org who will be pleased to discuss the role further. We will then be organizing a briefing in London where potential volunteers can meet existing Trustees and learn more about our work and role of our board.