Trustees, British Nutrition Foundation

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) was established in as a charity in 1967 and their objects, established at that time, are still relevant today:

• To advance the education of the public, and those involved in training and the education of others, in nutrition; and,
• To advance the study of and research into nutrition for the public benefit, and to disseminate and publish the useful results of such research.

BNF, a registered charity, delivers impartial, authoritative and evidence-based information on food and nutrition. Its core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all, working with an extensive network of contacts across academia, education and the food chain, and through BNF work programmes focussing on education in schools and nutrition science communication.

The key role of BNF’s Trustees is to ensure that the Foundation delivers its charitable aims, is impartial, transparent and acts with integrity. BNF’s Articles of Association require a majority of members to be leading academics from the nutrition science community, supported by leaders in education, communication and the food chain.

BNF’s funding comes from a variety of sources including EU projects; contracts with national government departments and agencies; conferences, publications and training; membership subscriptions; donations and project grants from food producers and manufacturers, retailers and food service companies; funding from grant providing bodies, trusts and other charities. BNF is not a lobbying organisation nor does it endorse any products or engage in food advertising campaigns.

  • Role description
    BNF is seeking two experienced individuals to join its Board of Trustees. In particular, it wishes to appoint individuals with skills and experience in HR and Finance functions. Applicants must have no personal financial interest in the commercial food industry.

    The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for:

    • Ensuring that BNF has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving its charitable objects;
    • Ensuring that BNF complies with all its legal and regulatory requirements;
    • Answering to the Charities Commission and Companies House in respect of BNF’s performance and its behaviour;
    • Acting as guardians of BNF’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over those assets’ security, deployment and proper application;
    • Ensuring that BNF’s governance is of the highest possible standard;
    • Determining the outcome of all applications for all Corporate members of BNF;
    • Appointing a selection committee for the recruitment to BNF’s senior leadership team;
    • Appointing the Chair and members of BNF’s Investment Committee;
    • Appointing, or assisting with the appointment of, those individuals integral to BNF; and
    • Individual Trustees will be asked to take special interest in specific aspects of agreed strategic priorities.
  • Person specification
    Required experience:
    • Individuals with skills and experience in HR and/or finance sectors;
    • Successful experience of operating within a Board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation;
    • Ability to contribute strategically across a wide range of issues;
    • A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making;
    • Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
    • Preparedness to make recommendations to the Board and a willingness to speak one’s mind;
    • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis;
    • Good independent judgement and strategic vision;
    • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship;
    • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive;
    • An ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team;

    Desirable HR experience:
    • Proven track record of producing high quality results in management and leadership of HR services;
    • Developing people strategies alongside supporting policies and procedures;
    • Designing remuneration strategies and advising/chairing Remuneration Committees;
    • Practical application of Safeguarding policy;
    • Ensuring diversity is represented in all HR decisions made by the Board.

    Desirable Financial experience:
    • Financially and commercially astute;
    • Strong understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
    • Appreciation of the nature of risk management at Board level.
  • Additional duties and terms of appointment


    The role of Trustee is unremunerated.


    Time commitment

    The Board of Trustees meets four times a year, usually in January, April, July and October, in Central London at the BNF offices. There is also an expectation that Trustees attend the BNF Annual Day, which is usually held in November. Trustees may also serve on the Investment Committee or the Remuneration Committee, which, where possible, will be held on the same day as the Board of Trustees meetings. A commitment of between 5 to 6 days per year is required.


    Location of meetings

    BNF, New Derwent House, 69-73 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TA.



    Reasonable travelling expenses will be reimbursed.



    Trustees may serve for a maximum tenure of three, three-year terms with an independent review by the Nominations Committee at the end of each three-year term. Trustees may be invited by the Nominations Committee to reapply for further three-year terms, up to the maximum of three terms.

  • Application Process
    • Please submit:
      • A detailed and up-to-date CV;
      • A supporting statement that explains your reason for wishing to become a Trustee of BNF, as well as detailing how your skills and experience will benefit the organisation; and
      • An Equalities Monitoring Form, downloadable below.
    • Alternatively, please submit applications via email to Paige Torrance, Talent Manager at WIG, at [email protected].
    • The closing date for applications is Tuesday Midday, 31 March 2020.
    • All applications received are considered by the BNF Nominations Committee, chaired by Iain Ferguson CBE.
    • Interviews will be held in London – April 2020.

    If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Paige Torrance on 0207 222 1166 or at [email protected].


    Trustee opportunities - British Nutrition Foundation


    Equalities Monitoring Form