Each member of our Board of Trustees is a volunteer, chosen because they have a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience that will help us respond to key challenges. The Board of Trustees oversees the strategic direction of Islamic Relief Worldwide, working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to provide oversight, advice and guidance.
Our new governance structure means that the first seven people elected to the Board of Trustees represent partner offices in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Over the course of 2021 there is scope for the Board to double in size as more partners elect representatives to the IGA, the IGA in turn elects more Board members, and a number of independent trustees are selected by the global family from outside Islamic Relief.
A term for an Islamic Relief Worldwide trustee is four years, and each trustee is limited to two terms. Elections will take place at the end of each four-year term and additionally if a place on the Board becomes vacant in the middle of a term.
Key responsibilities of Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Board of Trustees
- To oversee the organisation in accordance with its statutory obligations, making sure that we satisfy our regulatory requirements as a charity
- To act in a manner which supports the organisation in meeting aims and objectives as set out in our governing documents, and in ensuring our long-term security
- To focus on strategic planning and governance when setting our priorities and objectives
- To evaluate performance and progress, and approve relevant new policies and procedures
- To appraise the executive management team and be involved in making appointments to and dismissals from this team.
Following election through the International General Assembly on 22nd August 2020, the following trustees were elected on to the Islamic Relief Worldwide Board of Trustees.