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About the CJA

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We are a Second Chance Charter employer, committed to ensuring that people with convictions can access employment.

Do you want to help us reimagine, redesign and rebuild the criminal justice system?
We are recruiting for a Chair or Co-Chairs who share our values and ambitions to work with our team.
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Chair or Co-Chairs of Trustees

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm, Sunday 18 June 2023.

The Chair is responsible for leading the Board of trustees, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. The Chair’s role is also to work in partnership with the Director, helping them achieve the aims of the  organisation and to optimise the relationship between the Board and staff.

CJA Chair of Trustees Recruitment Pack

This is a voluntary role without remuneration. However, travel expenses as well as other reasonable and necessary costs incurred (caring responsibility costs), as part of official Trustee business, will be reimbursed.

To apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (of no more than 500 words) outlining why you are interested in the role and what you could bring to our Board. Please also provide details of two referees.

Applications – marked ‘Application- (position)’ – should be sent to If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may need for interview and/or to take part in Board meetings, please advise us in your application.

Please also return the Recruitment Analysis Form. This will be separated from your application upon receipt.

‘The CJA is an incredible organisation making real change in the criminal justice sector, championing and elevating hidden and marginalised voices. We are in an exciting time of growth and development, heading in a new strategic trajectory as we start further ambitious, but much needed, work with our 200+ members, focusing on systemic change, constructive criminal justice journalism, race equality and lived experience leadership and informed decision-making. We are excited to bring on board new expertise and fresh perspectives, as we work together, with a brilliant and inspiring CJA staff team, to achieve sustainable, systemic change, through the collective power of our membership network.’

CJ Burge, Vice-Chair