The current Chair of ADD International, Saghir Alam OBE, will complete his full term at the end of 2017. The Board of Trustees is therefore seeking to appoint a new Chair in time for its meeting in November 2017. We’re looking for an exceptional person to lead a high performing Board of Trustees and drive their strategic objectives.


We have recently appointed a new CEO to take up post at the beginning of September 2017, and are now looking to ensure top class complementary leadership of the Board.

Our vision.
A world where all disabled people are free from discrimination and oppression and have full equality within an inclusive society.

Our mission.
To achieve positive and lasting change in the lives of disabled people, especially those living in poverty.

Five countries.
We currently work in five countries across Africa and Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.

Right now, disability is arguably the hottest, fastest-rising issue in international development and ADD International is at the heart of this, amplifying the voices of disabled people living in poverty.

This rise is taking place from an incredibly low starting point – there are approximately 1 billion disabled people in the world according to the World Health Organisation – and around 150 million with very high levels of need. Shockingly small numbers of disabled children go to school leading to low literacy and low employment, and, for most disabled people, even basic health services are inaccessible. Disabled people are frequently discriminated against, stigmatised, and excluded from wider society – often by their own families.

Based in the UK we work out of five offices in developing countries in Africa and Asia with a staff team of approximately 100 people and a turnover of about £3m. In the UK, we have an office in central London and in Frome, Somerset.

This video, introduced by our previous CEO, explains a bit more about ADD International’s work and the role of Chair of Trustees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y2W9_6aZUg

Roles and responsibilities of the new Chair.

  • To be an effective leader of a high performing Board of Trustees.
  • To enable the Board to sustain a successful long-term strategy.
  • To chair meetings of the International Board, to ensure that it agrees annual objectives and plans for ADD International and to enable it to make soundly-based and timely decisions on key specific issues as they arise.
  • To ensure that the Trustees play their part in the delivery of ADD International’s objectives and plans.
  • To promote good relations with key stakeholders and partner organisations.
  • To be an effective ambassador, representative and spokesperson on major occasions.
  • To promote good governance and organizational culture that furthers ADD International’s vision and objectives.
  • To support and regularly review the performance of ADD International’s newly appointed Chief Executive, and provide such advice as is required.
  • To ensure the timely appointment and re-appointment of Trustees as well as their appropriate membership of the Board’s Sub-Committees.
  • The Chair’s term of appointment runs for four years, renewable for a further four.  To support the Chair, the Board may appoint up to two Deputy Chairs.

Do you have what it takes?
You may live in the UK or abroad. Whichever it may be, in order to apply you must:

  • Be a disabled person, or have extensive knowledge and lived experience of disability and associated issues.
    Be dedicated to disabled people, especially those living in poverty, achieving their rights as well as respect and well-being.
  • Have proven ability to carry out effectively the roles and responsibilities of the position.
  • Be able to devote on average a minimum of two days per month to ADD International, remotely when appropriate.
  • Experience of living or working in developing countries (desirable).

The application process.
We need to appoint a Chair by November 2017.  A panel nominated by ADD International’s Board will oversee the appointment of the Chair.

How to apply.
Interested applicants should send the following attachments by email:

  • Their CV (max 3 pages)
  • Covering letter (max 1 page)
  • Completed equal opportunities form (available on our website)

These should be sent to jess.gleeson@add.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 11 September 2017

Shortlisting and appointing a candidate.
The panel will decide shortlisted candidates.  Those candidates will then be invited to meet the panel in person (or if necessary to have a Skype interview them), and will also have an opportunity for discussion with a group of ADD managers and staff.  The panel will then make their final recommendation to the Board for approval.

Prior to their interview, shortlisted candidates will be offered the opportunity to learn more about ADD International at first hand including bilateral discussion with Trustees and senior management.

The fares and reasonable expenses of shortlisted candidates (including air fares from abroad) will be reimbursed.

The planned timetable for the process is:


  • June: the position is advertised and recruitment packs made available.
  • 11 September: closing date for applications.
  • 2 October: shortlisting completed and all candidates will be notified of the outcome.
  • Week beginning 23 October: shortlisted candidates will have their interviews with the panel.
  • Week beginning 30 October: all shortlisted candidates will be notified of the outcome.
  • 9-10 November: the successful candidate will be invited to attend our International Board meeting in the UK and to be officially appointed Chair Designate.

For more information and an application pack, please visit our website: https://www.add.org.uk/about/jobs-add-international/were-recruiting-new-chair

About ADD International

ADD International (formerly known as Action on Disability and Development) is a disability rights organisation with 30 years of experience. We fight for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia.

Whether it is visual, hearing or mobility impairments, neurological conditions, intellectual disabilities, albinism or more, we believe it is not the impairment, but the barriers in society, that limit people from reaching their full potential.

We work in areas of extreme poverty alongside disabled people’s organisations run by disability activists at a local and national level, supporting them with the tools and resources to build powerful movements for change. In this sense, we’re an ally to the disability movement.