Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

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Birthrights Trustees – come and join our team!

Are you excited by Birthrights’ ambitions to work towards long term, systemic change that empowers women and birthing people? This is an exciting time to join our organisation as we embark on a new 10-year strategy.

Birthrights was founded in 2013 with the understanding that at the heart of the poor experiences and outcomes of maternity care for so many, is a consistent failure to listen to the voices of women and birthing people and a complete disregard for their fundamental human rights. Our work has never been more urgent. 

We are looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board. In particular, we are keen to hear from candidates with specialist skills in the following areas:

  • Finance, with a view to taking on the role of Treasurer
  • Fundraising
  • Legal ideally in the Human Rights field
  • HR
  • Campaigning
Download Trustee Recruitment Pack


As a trustee you will work with a dynamic and passionate team of Trustees and Employees who champion the rights of women and birthing people. Come and join our small and caring team of change makers!

Our Board of Trustees meets quarterly, mostly virtually but we like to meet 1-2 times in person either in London or the midlands (as this is nearest to where most are currently based).

Please download the Trustee Recruitment Pack for the full information about the role, the requirements, the person specification and more. The details of how to apply for the role are also contained within this pack. If you have further questions after reading it, please email: careers@birthrights.org.uk. You might also want to scroll down this page, to watch a short video showing you more about Birthrights’ work.

If you would like to find out more about Birthrights and becoming a trustee and ask questions ahead of applying, please register to attend one of our free, online information sessions:

Our recruitment principles

Birthrights prides itself on respectful and inclusive recruitment practices, and it is important that we follow these practices in recruitment to all positions at Birthrights. These include:

  • Always letting candidates know the outcome of their application, even if they are unsuccessful.
  • Sharing information about the role and organisation in different formats (e.g. recruitment packs, videos, drop-in sessions).
  • Encouraging applications in formats that enable candidates to shine (e.g. written, video, audio).
  • Giving candidates at least a week’s notice ahead of interview.
  • Sharing interview questions with candidates in advance.
  • Providing feedback to all candidates who have been offered an interview.

We welcome applications from individuals from communities who have experienced and continue to experience multiple forms of oppression, including those from racially minoritised, LGBTQI+, Deaf and disabled, migrant and neurodiverse communities.

Associate Trainers

Our training sessions are run by two trainers – one with in-depth knowledge of human rights law and how it applies to maternity care and one who is a midwife or doctor with practical experience of delivering human rights-centred care. If you are interested in becoming a Birthrights Associate Trainer, please contact us.

About Birthrights

Birthrights is the UK charity that champions respectful maternity care by protecting human rights. We provide advice and legal information to women and birthing people, train healthcare professionals to deliver rights-respecting care and campaign to change maternity policy and systems. Find out more about our services in this short video or read our vision and strategy.