Vacancy: Trustee, the Constitution Society

By: The Constitution Society
Position Title:

Trustee

Deadline:

31 May 2024

Summary:

The Constitution Society seeks up to two new trustees with an interest in the UK constitution to join an active board and contribute to the work of the Society. The position is unremunerated. The Board meets four times per year, for one to two hours. Attendance at Society events and conferences, which take place two or three times per year, is strongly welcomed. The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed twice at the discretion of the Board. The Society is based in London and meetings will take place in person or virtually, and candidates will therefore be UK-based.

The Constitution Society:

The Constitution Society is an independent educational foundation founded in 2009. It promotes public understanding of the UK constitution and works to encourage informed debate between legislators, academics and the public about proposals for constitutional change.

The Society advocates the maintenance of basic constitutional standards and a considered approach to constitutional change. Where such change is required, it argues for the careful preparation of legislation, with broad consultation and adequate time for scrutiny and debate. It also monitors current constitutional developments, and assesses them against the core principles identified by the distinguished members of the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group.

The Society works across five areas:

  1. Publications: it regularly publishes papers by leading experts on a wide range of constitutional topics. All papers and reports are publicly available on its website.
  2. Promoting debate: it organises occasional conferences and seminars on issues of current constitutional importance, attended by leading experts from the civil service, academia and the legal profession as well as senior politicians. Recent topics have included the future of the Union; reform of the Human Rights Act; prospects for a UK Constitutional Convention and the constitutional consequences of Brexit.
  3. Independent research: its academic staff carry out in-depth research on constitutional topics, often focussed on issues which have not been widely studied. Recent and current projects include an interview-based investigation of the ways in which members of the House of Lords understand their role as ‘constitutional guardians’; the constitutional implications of referendums and the evolving role of Parliamentary Select Committees.
  4. Supporting the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association: it provides financial support for the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA). UKCLA is the United Kingdom’s national body of constitutional law scholars affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law. Its objective is to encourage and promote the advancement of knowledge relating to UK constitutional law, broadly defined, and the study of constitutions generally. UKCLA organises and supports seminars, runs a blog (followed by over 4,000 people and read by many more) and maintains a register of PhD projects related to UK constitutional law.
  5. Supporting the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group: The United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG) comprises experts and practitioners covering a range of areas of the UK constitution. Its principal purpose is to assess developments – actual and anticipated – in the UK constitution. Areas of interest include, but are not confined to, government accountability; arrangements for the upholding of the rule of law and individual rights; the territorial governance of the UK; and how the key aspects of such issues can be distilled and communicated to the public.

The Constitution Society is a registered charity. It is entirely independent, with no connection to any political party, and it does not take any money from

government. It relies on funding from individual donations and grants from educational trusts and foundations.

Website: https://consoc.org.uk

Essential Criteria:

Experience in the constitution:
Some experience in the operation of the UK constitution, likely in a professional capacity, and a demonstrable interest in the subject. 

Strategic Vision:
Demonstrable ability to think strategically and contribute to the development and implementation of the Society’s long-term goals.

Communication Skills:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Collaborative Approach:
Proven ability to work collaboratively with fellow trustees, staff, and external stakeholders. 
The ability to bring new people into constructive engagement with the Society.
Willingness to actively participate in meetings, contribute to decision-making processes, and work towards consensus.

Desirable Criteria:

Engagement:
Experience in public engagement activities related to constitutional issues and/or experience in education.

Communication:
A track record of effectively communicating key concepts to the public or specific target audiences.

Digital Literacy:
Strong familiarity with digital platforms and an understanding of how technology can be leveraged for educational and awareness-raising initiatives.

Networking:
Established networks within legal, academic, or civil society communities that can be leveraged for the benefit of The Constitution Society.

Experience of Governance:
Some experience of the governance of small research units or charities.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV and a covering letter addressing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria outlined above to info@constitutionsoc.org.uk. The covering letter should also include your motivation for wanting to serve as a Trustee of The Constitution Society.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2024.

The Constitution Society is committed to equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of age, disability, race, religious belief, sex, or sexual orientation.