Our trustees are a fundamental part of what we do

Become a trustee

We’re looking for volunteer trustees from diverse backgrounds who want to help make sure WISH is around for another 35 years. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for management oversight and the strategic leadership of Wish. Being a board member involves attending meetings every two months to review current issues, verify our financial position, ensure effective safeguarding, advise and instruct the director, take decisions on upcoming projects, and develop strategic direction.

Some trustees may be involved in WISH’s work outside of meetings – for example, through fundraising, helping us deliver new projects, or meeting the women who use our services. Other trustees may limit their involvement in the formal meetings. The role normally lasts for three years and is voluntary, although we do pay travel expenses.

Download the Job Description

Read the Trustee Application Pack   [There is a variation with less colour here ]

How to apply

We welcome your questions at all points of the process – so feel free to ask them.

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User-led values

WISH is striving for best practice in being an organisation led by women who have or have had mental health issues. This means we want women with relevant experiences to get involved. We will make reasonable adjustments so that women can participate in the leadership of WISH as a trustee or in ways that suit their circumstances, where they are in their lives, and their state of health.

Being user-led does not mean that only women with experience of mental health issues can be trustees: we welcome any woman who can bring valuable insights, experiences, or skills to the board.  75% of our board members have experienced mental distress.


We are inviting applications from women with all kinds of backgrounds, skills, and experience, including: finance, legal, governance, fundraising, policy, knowledge of the mental health and criminal justice systems, public affairs, and human resources. We particularly want to hear from women with experience in the business or commercial world. Wish also needs to build a more diverse board in terms of race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please complete the form below, and we will contact you for a chat to talk more about the role, your skills and experience, and the application process.

Not ready to be a trustee?

We also welcome women who would like to contribute to our work in other ways. These include providing advice on particular policy issues, consultancy on projects, providing external supervision to staff, or consulting as an expert by experience.

Become a trustee

If you’d like to become a trustee, fill in the form below

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