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Become a CJA Trustee!

CJA Trustee giving a talk

As we prepare to embark on a new phase of expansion and growth, we are seeking to recruit three Trustees to join us at this exciting time and help us achieve our ambitious goals for a fair and effective criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) is a network of 160 organisations working towards a fair and effective criminal justice system. Our members include charities, social enterprises, think tanks, research institutions and staff associations. They work across the criminal justice system, in areas such as crime prevention, sentencing, policing, prisons, probation, victim services, mental health, drug policy and treatment, and more. The CJA is based in London but our work and membership extend across England and Wales.

“In a sector I love, it’s been a privilege to be a part of a wonderful Board for a forward-looking charity” – C.J. Burge, St. Giles Trust

We are looking for individuals who are motivated and committed to the work and mission of the CJA. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with one or more of the following skills and knowledge:

  • Finance. Charity finance and fundraising.
  • Legal. Knowledge of charity governance and data protection
  • Organisational development. Human resources, information/digital technology, learning and development.

The CJA values having a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and insights on the Board.  We welcome and encourage applications from:

  • Black, Asian and minority ethic individuals
  • Individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and/or bring an empathy, knowledge or understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Individuals based in/working on criminal justice and related areas in Wales and outside of London and the South-East
  • First-time trustees

This is a voluntary role without remuneration. However, travel expenses as well as other reasonable and necessary costs incurred (including childcare), as part of official Trustee business, will be reimbursed. We will also provide suitable training and mentorship for first-time Trustees.

For more information about the role, please see the CJA Trustee Recruitment Pack.

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 ‘Private and Confidential’ – should be sent to  If you have a disability and would like us to make reasonable adjustments should you be invited to interview, please advise us with your application.

Please also return the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form. This will be separated from your application upon receipt.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 5pm, 1 August 2021
  • Interviews (via Zoom): 13 and 15 September 2021
  • CJA Annual General Meeting: new Trustees to be ratified: October 2021
  • First Board meeting: 4 November 2021

Read what some of our current trustees have to say about the experience: 

C.J. Burge, St. Giles Trust:Having joined as a first-time trustee three years ago, I continue to find the experience immensely interesting and rewarding. In a sector I love, it has been a privilege to be part of a wonderful Board for a forward-looking charity, particularly as someone with lived experience of the criminal justice system. The role has given me great insight into the governance of an organisation. As we embark on the aftermath of the pandemic and a criminal justice system awakening to the unacceptable levels of racial and gender inequalities, it will be a crucial time for the CJA, and I look forward to continuing to support their mission for great change.”

Kimberley Lamb, Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation unit (VERU):I value being involved with the Criminal Justice Alliance as a Board member. As the newest member of the Board, I have felt welcomed and supported by my fellow Trustees as well as the staff team. It is a real privilege to gain insight into the amazing work that the CJA does, to be challenged constructively on how I can use my professional skillset to better the charity and ultimately to create greater impact for our members and beneficiaries.”

Kevin Wong, Chair of CJA Board, Policy and Evaluation Research Unit (PERU), Manchester Metropolitan University: “I have enjoyed every moment, first as a trustee, and now as Chair of the CJA. Our 160 members speak with the expertise of more than 13,000 people, and the broadest imaginable set of experiences. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to contribute to and strengthen the voices of these experts in pursuit of our common goal – that ofpromoting a fair and effective criminal justice system.”

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