We’re seeking to expand and strengthen our board of trustees in summer 2021. Our trustees drive our vision to build sustainable communities of genuinely affordable homes in neighbourhoods across London, working with our staff, residents and volunteers.

About RUSS

RUSS is a Community Land Trust building sustainable, permanently affordable and community-led housing in London. We are currently developing a 36-home scheme in Lewisham, driven by a community of future residents. We share the lessons from our project work through the RUSS School of Community-Led Housing. Over 1,000 members and volunteers contribute to our mission, including through helping to design and build our Community Hub in 2019.

The role

Trustees are responsible for ensuring that RUSS fulfils its charitable duties by delivering our on our vision. Trustees set the overall strategic direction of the organisation and monitor performance against objectives to ensure an effective and sustainable organisation. In addition to attending board meetings every six weeks and two strategic away days each year, trustees bring their energy and commitment to help further RUSS’s mission. Depending on your capacity and interests, this might involve leading projects, sitting on Board sub-committees, managing volunteers or contributing to specific areas of our work like fundraising or communications.

Who we’re looking for

We’re particularly keen to welcome applicants with experience in any of the following areas: community engagement, social housing, property management, organisational development, volunteer management, communications, law, IT and fundraising. Above all, we want Trustees who are committed to our aims and are willing to put in some real time to help us achieve them! RUSS seeks to reflect the community it operates in, and would welcome applications from women and people who are disabled, LGBTQ+ or from ethnic minority groups.

How to apply


Please download the Chair recruitment pack below. Feel free to get in touch with any questions ahead of applying info@theruss.org. We are open to the role being split between two Co-Chairs. If this is of interest, please let us know when you apply.


Email info@theruss.org with a copy of your CV and a supporting statement setting out why you’re interested in the role and your relevant background and skills. Feel free to get in touch with any questions ahead of applying. 

You can also apply for the role of RUSS Trustee on CharityJob.co.uk.

The deadline for applications is 2 May 2021.

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