Commercial Trustee

Role and organisational profile

Position: Trustee (Commercial)

Date: October 2021

About Ovarian Cancer Action

Action. One third of our name and 100% of what we’re about.

One woman dies in the UK from ovarian cancer every two hours. Although five-year survival rates for ovarian cancer are improving, other cancers, such as breast cancer, had better survival rates two generations ago than ovarian cancer does today. We’re here to change all that. And we’re following two routes to achieve that change: awareness raising and scientific research.

Raising awareness for the quickest impact

We’re campaigning to increase awareness and improve understanding of symptoms among the public and GPs. The symptoms of ovarian cancer can easily be attributed to other, less serious conditions such as IBS, or even to the menopause, but the sooner ovarian cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of survival. So education is vital. And we know it’s where we can make the quickest impact.

Funding research for the biggest impact

The biggest impact we can make comes from our main area of focus: scientific research. Over the last fifteen years, our efforts to fund and facilitate the very best ovarian cancer research have achieved dramatic results. But, of course, there’s more work to be done. We’re now committed to funding the next generation of research and to accelerating progress in three main areas: preventing the disease, diagnosing it early, and developing effective, personalised treatments. We believe this approach will help more women survive ovarian cancer than ever before. 

About the role

Ovarian Cancer Action is looking for Trustees to play an essential role in the governance of the charity, ensuring that the way OCA is governed is to the highest possible standard. Trustees will oversee the strategic direction of the charity, working alongside the Chief Executive and senior staff in accordance with the charity’s objectives, vision and values. The Trustee will also maintain direct contact with the Chair.

The successful applicant will have a commercial background able to support the charity through its next stages of growth, contributing to developing strategy to support sustainable scaling. This trustee will bring senior leadership experience within a commercial organisation, for example an entrepreneur, a leaders with business development or having held a C-level position within a business.

In this role, the new Trustee will act as an ambassador for the charity, promoting its vision to improve the survival rates of ovarian cancer in the UK. The successful candidate will be committed to advancing OCA and will bring insight and expertise to support its development and increase its impact.

This is a volunteer unremunerated role, with responsibilities both under Company Law as a Director and under Charity law as a Trustee.

How to apply: 

Ovarian Cancer Action is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform, for the Trustee appointments. To find out more and apply please request Nurole membership, which is free and completely confidential. 
You can access further details and request membership for the Trustee role - Commercial here.
If any assistance is needed please contact Alternatively, for a confidential discussion about the role, please contact
The deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 3rd November.