About Us

Hibiscus enables marginalised migrant women trapped in the immigration and criminal justice systems to rebuild their lives. The women we work with are amongst the most vulnerable in society; many are survivors of gender-based violence, including trafficking, domestic abuse, forced marriage and sexual violence. Our vision is to build a fair and just society where inequalities are eliminated from the criminal justice and immigration systems.

Drawing on our 38-year history, Hibiscus has an unrivalled record of accomplishment delivering high impact support and advocacy services, alongside our ambition to shape and influence change at policy levels.

About the Role

We are now looking for three new Trustees to join the Hibiscus Initiatives’ Board, including one Trustee to act as Financial Lead.

The Board of Trustees is the governance body for the organisation, serving as stewards of the organisation’s resources, and is ultimately responsible for Hibiscus’ strategy, operations, adherence to law and regulation, and financial management.

The Trustee (Finance Lead) is responsible for monitoring the financial standing of the charity and liaising with the Board, CEO and Director of Operations regarding cash-flow forecasting, income streams, out-going expenses and the overarching strategic management of the organisation’s financial resources.

Voluntary, with reasonable expenses and training costs reimbursed

Board of Trustees, CEO

Three-year initial term, renewable twice. Trustees can serve for a maximum of nine years


The Board meets at least 4 times a year with pre-reading as well as ongoing communications and collective oversight of the executive also required.In addition to Board Meetings, Trustees are expected to attend at least one subcommittee (Finance, HR or Partnerships & Influencing) which are also held quarterly.

In addition, occasional working group meetings may be required. It is anticipated that the total commitment will amount to around 1-2 days per month. Hibiscus is committed to training and development of Trustees, through shadowing in the places we work and supporting with training courses.

About You

Hibiscus is committed to achieving greater diversity in the organisation and we actively encourage applications from Black and minoritised women, and/or women with lived experience of criminal justice and immigration systems.

The successful candidates will display a commitment to the organisation, an ability to work effectively as a member of a team, and good communication and leadership skills. The candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and a commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. They will demonstrate good, independent judgement, a willingness to speak their mind, and the ability to think creatively in the context of the charity and external environment.

As Trustees, they will have good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to respect the confidences of colleague, balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge constructively as required. They will also have skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. finance, strategic communications, fundraising, inclusion, campaigning. This will help the board to implement our strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.

To Apply 


We are committed to open trustee recruitment because:

    • It fits with our principles on diversity, equity, and inclusion which we employ across all our recruitment

    • Boards are more effective, able to make better, more rounded decisions and think more creatively the more diverse they are in terms of professional and personal experience

    • It means we can reach a far wider pool of potential trustees and better target the specific skills, knowledge, experience, and other qualities that we need

    • Investing in the future leadership of Hibiscus will enable us as a charity to do even more to support the people we’re set up to help


We are working with Prospectus on this recruitment. Applications should be made via the Prospectus website at:

At Prospectus we believe passionately that a truly inclusive workplace leads to increased social impact. We are committed to supporting our clients build more inclusive teams. To understand how we are performing, we ask that you kindly complete the brief equal opportunities questionnaire when you submit your application via our website. Please be assured that your responses are kept confidential, separate from your candidate record, are not part of any application you make, and that the consultants never see individual responses.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, please contact our retained advisors Harjit Bola or Mia Walker-Saunders with a copy of your cv/LinkedIn profile at: Harjit.bola@prospect-us.co.uk and Mia.walkersaunders@prospect-us.co.uk.

If you wish to apply using an alternative format, please contact Prospectus on: 020 7691 1920 or email executive.admin@prospect-us.co.uk

Recruitment Timetable

Deadline for applications | Wednesday 17th July 2024

Interview with Hibiscus | 5th and 6th August 2024

Meeting with Hibiscus stakeholders | w/c 12th August 2024

Please note that we may close vacancies early if suitable candidates are found and/or a sufficient number of candidates have applied. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

If we receive applications from more suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months, and future vacancies requiring the same skills and experience could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition.

If you do not want Hibiscus to retain your CV on file, please state so in your application when you send your CV and Cover Letter.