The Advonet Group is recruiting Trustees. We have been providing independent advocacy across the city of Leeds for over 20 years; supporting individuals at risk of being marginalised to have the voices heard, their needs understood, and their rights respected.

Our vision is people having their voices heard and taking greater control over their lives, no longer marginalised. Our mission is enabling people to better communicate their needs, understand their choices and obtain their rights.

As Trustee, you will be a leader of the organisation, responsible for its’ governance. You will also have a say in its strategic direction, supporting the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team in their management of the organisation. The expectation is that trustees will:

  • Determine mission and strategy: Set the organisation’s direction and determine how it will get there.
  • Be accountable: Act with integrity, be held to account for the actions of the organisation to maintain public confidence and trust.
  • Make effective decisions: Be informed and rigorous, debating the issues affecting the operation of the organisation.
  • Manage risk: Monitor systems which identify risks and control the use of resources and assets including finances.

We are keen to hear from anyone who shares our passion and values and feels they could be of benefit to the Board. You do not need previous governance experience – a full induction will be provided.


We are particularly interested in applications from people with experience in marketing, communications, human resources, health/social commissioning and fundraising.

Women, LGBTQ+ people, people under 25, the African Caribbean community, deaf and/or blind people are under-represented as Trustees at the moment. We would particularly welcome applications from people in these groups.

All trustees are linked to a particular service area within the organisation as a ‘link trustee’. We are especially keen to find a volunteer with lived experience of autism, to be the Board’s connection with our Leeds Autism AIM service.

The board meet once a quarter. Its Resources, Quality & Operations and Development subgroups meet quarterly. The board currently holds Board Meetings in person and subgroup meetings remotely.

Why volunteer?

As a trustee, you will be able to use your skills and experience. You will also have a direct influence over the direction and management in this growing organisation, which has nearly doubled in size in the last 10 years.

How to apply

Please write to [email protected] to request an application pack. The deadline for expressing interest is Friday 20th May at 5pm.

If you would like to have an informal chat with us about the role, please get in touch to request this, either using this email or calling our office on 0113 244 0606.

Please let us know if you need any support with your application or to apply in a different way. We will be pleased to work with you to ensure this is possible.