Board Members/Directors

Job Title: Board Members/Directors (three positions)

Salary: Unremunerated, but travel expenses will be paid.

Location: Nationwide (home-based)

Deadline for applications: 9am on 3rd July 2020

Interview dates: W/c 6th July 2020

About Open Rights Group

Open Rights Group exists to promote and protect our rights online; from our right to freedom of expression and privacy to protection from government mass surveillance. We do this by protecting and extending human rights and civil liberties which history tells us are often overlooked or eroded during periods of rapid change. 

We challenge threats to privacy by both the government through the surveillance of our personal communications and private companies, who use personal data to increase profits. We challenge threats to free speech through the criminalisation of online speech and online censorship. 

Our activities include public education and awareness raising, constructive engagement in policy making using our expert research, campaigning and where necessary legal interventions. 

We have three areas of work: digital privacy, free speech online and government surveillance.   

Founded in 2005, we have over 3,200 paying members and a grassroots movement of more than 40,000 supporters and 9 local groups across the UK. Open Rights Group’s main office is based in London, UK and we have a small office in Edinburgh.  


We are an inclusive organisation and celebrate different backgrounds, approaches, and points of view. We make every possible effort to encourage diversity at Open Rights Group. In this recruitment we would like to increase the gender and ethnic diversity of our Board. We see this as vitally important. 

Who we are looking for

We recognise the enormous benefits of a diverse Board and encourage applications from a range of backgrounds and experiences. We are ideally looking to recruit candidates who identify as female or non-binary and candidates from BAME backgrounds. 

We are looking for exceptional people who share our commitment to privacy and free expression online and who are driven to help guide our strategy and to oversee its delivery. You do not need to be an expert in human rights or free speech and privacy to apply: our Board is enriched by a wide mix of skills and perspectives. 

Open Rights Group completed a skills gap analysis of our current Board members and the below skill sets, areas of interest and qualifications are in response to the needs we identified within that process. The below four areas are not exhaustive or exclusive. We welcome expressions of interest from all interested candidates from any background. But in particular, we would be keen to welcome people with qualifications or experience in any of these areas: 

  • Governance, organisational leadership and development
  • Grants and trusts fundraising
  • Finance (ideally a qualified accountant)  
  • Political engagement and Media/public relations expert

Practicalities of being an Open Rights Group Board member

We aim to make the meetings accessible for everyone; our meetings will take place online for the time being. In terms of time commitment, we expect Board members to attend the 4 annual meetings, find time to read the papers and be available occasionally to support staff as and when needed. Additionally, Open Rights Group Board members are invited to attend our quarterly Advisory Council meetings and participate in our Advisory Council mailing list. Advisory Council participation is optional for Board members.  

Appointment term

Open Rights Group Board members generally hold Board positions in 3-year cycles (with the option of being re-appointed for another term).  

The appointment process

Our accountability to Open Rights Group members is very important to us, so we strive to be democratic in the way that we approach Board recruitment. We ensure our members are involved in the process where possible. We have different appointment cycles to achieve this aim. One where our members elect three directors, one where our Advisory Council elect three directors and one cycle where the Board appoint three directors on the basis of a skills gap analysis. In this cycle, our Board will appoint three directors.  


To apply to become a Board member, please submit your CV and an expression of interest (one side of an A4) outlining your suitability for the role  to no later than 9am 3rd July 2020.  

We’re planning to hold the interviews on w/c 6th July 2020.

If you would like to discuss the role, what we are looking for, or your interest in the position in advance of the deadline please do not hesitate to get in touch with Al Ghaff (