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New trustees wanted

Can you help us end the use of animals in medical and scientific research?

At FRAME we’ve been working for over half a century to replace the use of animals in research and testing, contributing to the development and implementation of scientifically advanced, human-relevant approaches.

We directly fund research and new researchers to ensure that methods that improve upon the use of animals continue to be developed and implemented. We share information to ensure that those designing experiments know how to find new methods, and how to use them, as well as promoting transparency around the use of animals, and strong public engagement in the scientific issues and debate. We create change by actively promoting the uptake of human-centred methods for human disease research, working to reduce barriers to adoption, and constructively challenging educators and policy-makers around the inherent problems of animal models.

In order for us to continue with our mission for the next 50 years, we need to ensure that FRAME is a resilient organisation with sufficient skills, support and income to continue its work in the long term. Our trustees are critical to the future of the organisation, providing sound strategic and governance support, advice and insight to help us go further.

We are currently seeking new trustees to strengthen our Board.  We are open to applicants of all ages and career stages and from a variety of backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups or those with a disability, who are currently under-represented on our Board.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with an interest or experience in scientific and medical research and testing and the development of human-centred approaches. We’d also be interested in hearing from anyone who is passionate about eliminating the use of animals in research.

We are looking for Trustees who can demonstrate:

  • a commitment to our purpose and aims, and the strategic vision to support the FRAME’s future development
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to support the charity
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • sound, independent judgement and the ability to challenge constructively
  • the ability to work effectively as a member of a team and take decisions for the good of the charity

Expertise in one or more of the following areas would be welcome but is not essential:

  • human disease or drug research in either an academic or commercial setting
  • human relevant approaches to testing and safety assessment
  • being a funder (eg best practice in contracts, IP and risk management)
  • fundraising, business development, and income generation
  • influencing policy, in particular via collaborative partnerships
  • small charity governance
  • public communication of science such as science journalism
  • digital tools and strategy

Our Board of Trustees meets four to six times per year with a mix of online and in-person meetings (currently the majority are online but there would be the expectation of at least one in-person away-day per year). The overall minimum time commitment is around 20 hours. The role is unremunerated but all out of pocket expenses can be reclaimed.

To express an interest and to find out more about the role, please email:

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter stating why you are interested in the role and how you meet the person specification and additional area(s) of interest. Applications should be sent to:

We will be considering applications as they come in and will close the process when the vacancies have been filled, so if you are interested then please do send in your application as soon as possible.

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