Trustees with Accounting/Finance or English Language Teaching (ELT) Experience for IH London

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Job Description:

Location: Remote 
Report to: Chair of Board of Trustees 
Time commitment: Quarterly Board and Committee Meetings (normally remote), ad hoc issues etc 
Remuneration: this is an unpaid voluntary role, with reasonable expenses reimbursed


Contribute actively to the setting and shaping of IH London’s strategic and long-term direction 
Ensure that IH London complies with any relevant legislation and applies its resources effectively aligned with its objectives; 
Protect and promote the reputation of IH London, acting at all times in the best interests of the charity; 
Facilitate the financial stewardship, stability and sustainability of IH London and ensure that risk is well managed and mitigated

Person Specification:

We are looking for candidates who can bring a wealth of experience and provide oversight at a senior level to join our strong and committed Trustee Board including:

Proven leadership skills – You will display a record of successfully leading a UK-based organisation ideally complemented by a solid understanding of charity funding and governance models. You will have a proven track record of working at strategic and senior levels, with an ability to provide sound governance and oversight alongside objective, independent judgement.

Strategic thinking ability – You will demonstrate a proven ability to think strategically, analyse complex concepts and actively contribute to the strategic direction setting of IH London, both over the long and short term.

Communication skills – Demonstrable effective written and oral communication skills, the ability to influence others and to advocate on behalf of IH London.

Specific expertise – we are particularly looking for Trustees with skills or experience in one of the following:

Accounting/Finance: to work closely with our CFO (ACA/ACCA qualifications would be desirable)

ELT: to provide guidance and oversight in relation to our English Language teaching.

We actively encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds who can bring to the Board the skills, experience, and commitment to help drive progress on diversity and inclusion as a feature of our transformation.

Application process:

If you are interested in joining the Board of one of the world’s most respected English Language educational brands, please submit a CV and a brief covering letter explaining your interest in the role and how your skills can contribute to our success to

Applications should be sent by 12pm on 29 February 2024

A brief conversation with the CEO will be held with shortlisted candidates on 5-6 March 2024

Interviews are expected to be scheduled for 12-13 March 2024

About the school and city

International House London is an established and well-known language school, with over sixty years of experience in providing language courses and teacher training programmes. 

Our spacious and fully equipped school is based near Covent Garden and we are a founding member of the International House World Organisation.

International House London welcomes over 8,000 language students from 150 countries each year. Our students enjoy learning in the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere of IH London.

IH London opened in 1959. We are the no.1 language school in Central London, judged by the latest British Council inspections and reported in the EL Gazette (2019). Every year we train over 500 new teachers and enable them to embark on exciting new journeys across the globe to inspire and teach others.