Vacancies of the Board of Trustees


The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund is the leading UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. We provide support and advice to members of the medical profession and their dependents at times of crisis and serious need. We have made significant progress over the last few years growing our reach and increasing our impact. As the medical profession continues to change, we want to build on our successes, and continue to meet new and emerging needs.

We are very fortunate to have a high profile and dedicated trustee board which includes senior representatives from across the medical profession. We are looking for additional trustees to join our board and help provide strategic direction to the charity.

We would like to ensure the continued diversity of our Board, and ideally applicants should have direct knowledge of the challenges currently facing the NHS. As well as relevant experience within the medical profession, expertise in the following area of equality, diversity, and inclusion would also be of interest, and we encourage applicants from across the UK.

Minimum time commitment

Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at RMBF offices in Wimbledon prior to their first Board meeting, and a Grants and Awards Committee meeting. The post includes:

  • attendance at four trustee meetings, currently taking place late afternoon, alternating between a Central London location, and Zoom, although this remains under review
  • the provision of additional support (usually by phone or email) around specific areas of expertise
  • invitation to the annual general meeting (AGM) of RMBF, which takes place during the day in September
  • strategy day held approximately every 2/3 years
  • attending ongoing governance and trustee training sessions as required, and to keep skills current.

Person specification

 Our trustees must have:

  • a commitment to the objects and goals of RMBF
  • a willingness to meet the minimum time commitment
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • a willingness to actively contribute at meetings
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the benefit of RMBF

Duties of our trustees

The duties of an RMBF trustee board trustee are to:

  • Ensure the RMBF pursues its charitable objectives in ways which are relevant and appropriate for doctors, their families and medical students
  • Contribute actively to the Board by providing strategic leadership to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, and evaluating performance
  • Safeguard the RMBF’s reputation, in particular by ensuring it operates legally and ethically, within its constitution; by ensuring the success of its charitable work; and by ensuring that it remains financially viable.

RMBF Governance

For information, other committees supporting the RMBF are:

  • The Grants and Awards Committee which meets on the first or second Wednesday of alternating month
  • the Finance Committee which meets in December, March and June immediately preceding the Board
  • the Compliance Committee which meets in June
  • the Staffing Committees which meets in March

For more information on the role of trustee, please contact Michelle Zal, Administration Manager at [email protected] or call 020 8545 8444 in the first instance.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering statement by  Friday 31st May 2024 to [email protected].  Interviews will take place on Thursday 13th June at RMBF offices in Wimbledon.

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