Board Trustee and Member of Ovarian Cancer Action's Research Committee

Role and Organisational Profile

Position: OCA Board Trustee and Member of OCA Research Committee

Date: October 2021

The role holder will work remotely from home for the time being with occasional Covid-safe face-to-face meetings in central London. OCA has moved out of our office space over Covid and the team are working from home very effectively. We will be reviewing our working conditions over 2021 which may require the role holder to work in a London-based office. There may be occasional work outside regular office hours at charity events (with time off in return).

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.

Further, we are looking for a Trustee with a research specialism and the specific experience, knowledge and skills in medical research as an academic researcher and/or clinician.

Ideally, you will be a senior academic who is active in the research and/or clinical field.

You will sit on our Research Committee, working alongside other committee members, our Head of Research and Policy and our Grants and Impact Manager to set and oversee our research strategy. 

In line with our research strategy and as a member of the Research Committee, you will have oversight of progress on current grants, and recommend award of new grants to the OCA Board. The Committee will also approve the appointments and ensure effective management of our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

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.

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How to apply:

Please send a CV and supporting statement highlighting your relevant experience and reason for applying for the role to Alternatively, for a confidential conversation about the role please contact

The deadline for applications is 5.00 pm Wednesday 3rd November. Candidates can expect to be contacted by 8th November with the interview process completed by the end of November.

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