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Trustee - Legal Governance

Trustee - Legal Governance
Artizan International
Description of the role:

Artizan International is seeking a trustee to join the current board to strengthen the governance function of the charity. Particularly, we are keen to strengthen our legal governance.
We are a growing charitable organisation with ambitious plans and expansion of its services.
To make our organisation better and stronger, we are looking for more diversity, some fresh perspectives, dynamism and an enthusiasm to help improve the lives of those living with disabilities.

If you have a background in the legal profession at any level, or feel you have skills or qualities that could help us, and have a passion to support those who are marginalised we’d be delighted to hear from you. You would be required to participate in and offer your experience in about 4 meetings per annum and contribute to some additional occasional work (e.g. research, project oversight etc) between meetings.
This is not a paid position.

If you want to explore this opportunity please email in the first instance to the Chair of Trustees at

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

Legal knowledge or background

Practical information:

4 times a year for meetings and small amounts of contribution in between


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
39 Oxford street
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 30.09.2021
Organisation Information

​Artizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just £400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.