We are delighted to announce the appointment of Duncan Wilson who will be joining as Director of the Trust in June this year.

Duncan has nearly 20 years of experience within the human rights field, both nationally and internationally. He will join the Trust from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where he has directed grant making related to access and accountability in the Public Health Program since 2014.

Prior to joining OSF, Duncan spent six years as the first Head of Strategy and Legal at the Scottish Human Rights Commission, during which time he led the development of Scotland’s first national action plan for human rights, as well as negotiations on justice for survivors of historical child abuse. He was previously the first head of economic, social, and cultural rights at Amnesty International, steering the organisation's entry into the field through strategy development, research methodology, capacity building, and global advocacy. He started his career working as a research coordinator to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education.


Office and Communications Manager
Reports to: Finance Director
Based at: The Trust’s office in West London

The Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Trust is a leading grant giving foundation, with a 2019 budget of £40.9 million. More detail on the Trust’s work can be found on its website

Summary of Role

The Office and Communications Manager will provide effective administrative and logistical support to the team of 17 working at the Trust, and will directly support the Trust’s Executive Director and Finance Director. The Office and Communications Manager is the first point of contact for those visiting, telephoning or contacting the Trust’s main email address, and has to deal with trustees, grantees and potential grantees from all over the world, as well as with the Trust’s suppliers and advisers.

The role includes the day-to-day management of the office, the organisation of events and meetings and the maintenance and updating of the Trust’s website. The Office and Communications Manager also provides general administrative support to the grant-making process, and is responsible for coordination of the production of the Annual Report.

Key Responsibilities

Office management:
• Dealing with suppliers of goods or services to the office
• Acting as the first point of contact to all enquiries made to the Trust
by telephone, mail and in person.
• Liaising with the office cleaner.
• Arranging IT support (with Trust’s designated IT personnel) as needed
• Carrying out duties relating to office health and safety and first aid,
with appropriate training provided as needed.
• Organising and overseeing any refurbishments/office moves etc.
• Maintaining leases and managing rate and rent negotiations
• Other general office administration including post, management of
supplies etc.

Events and Meeting management:
• Organisation of events when needed, including lunch presentations,
trustee meetings, conferences and workshops.
• Liaising with Trustees and International Board members (and their
staff) regarding travel and meeting logistics.
• Organising set up and clearance of meetings rooms, including catering.
• Taking meeting minutes.

Support to the Grant-Making Process:
• Supporting the grant administrator on preparing Trustee meeting (grant-
making) papers and covering the role during any absences.
• Proof reading reviews from the Programme Officers ready for submission
to Trustees
• Dealing with initial queries from those considering an application,
either by phone, email or post.
• Supporting the organisation and maintenance of accurate programme
documentation and files, including the archiving process.
• General support to the grant making process as required

HR responsibilities:
• Placing advertisements and issuing announcements
• Managing applications received
• Co-ordination of interviews
• Issuing offer and rejection letters
• Sending reference requests

• Co-ordinating production of Trust publications as needed, e.g. Annual
• Collating and reviewing material and content.
• Liaising with design/printing company to co-ordinate arrangements for
publication and distribution, ensuring that all materials are of a high
• Collating, proofreading, and uploading materials, as agreed by the
Trustees, programme staff and Executive Director, as applicable, for
inclusion on the Trust website

General support including diary management to the Executive Director as required.

The Office and Communications Manager may be required to undertake other duties, as determined by the Finance Director and the Executive Director and in consultation with the Office and Communications Manager, which are consistent with the duties set forth above. It is essential in a small, busy office, that the Office and Communications Manager is fully engaged with all aspects of the Trust’s operation.

Person Specification:
• Good standard of general education
• At least five years of work experience, preferably in the not-for-
profit sector.
• Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written.
• High level of numeracy and computer literacy. Proficient in Word and
Excel. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people
at all levels and from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
• Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks on time and
to an agreed standard.
• Ability to work under pressure and to manage multiple tasks.
• Demonstrated interest and commitment to human rights.
• Flexibility and a sense of humour.

SRT will only consider applications from candidates who already have the right to live and work in the European Union

How to Apply

Applications should be sent by email to
Please enclose with your application your CV and a cover letter of no more than two pages in total, summarising your experience and abilities as meets the responsibilities of the role and the person specification.
Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 6th May 2019.

Initial interviews will take place the week commencing 13th May 2019, and final interviews will be held the week commencing 20th May 2019.

Salary is £28,000.


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