Guide us on our journey

About YHA

YHA is a leading social enterprise charity with a 90-year history of making travel and adventure available to all. We improve health, wellbeing and life skills through brilliant hostel stays and the experiences we create at around 150 locations throughout England and Wales.

As an ambitious and progressive organisation, we’re determined to extend our reach to people from more diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on young people — in line with the priorities outlined in our 10-year strategy: Adventure. For the first time and a lifetime.

What it’s like to be a Trustee

YHA’s Board is committed to being reflective of the communities and society we serve. We value personal expertise and lived experience — your personal characteristics and life outside of work — as well as your technical expertise and career history. We believe that a diversity of experience and expertise makes us a stronger organisation.

Our 15 Trustees hold overall legal responsibility for the charity. We come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing both professional skills and lived experience, and also benefit from the input of our newly established Youth Advisory Team. We are inspired by our passion to create opportunities for young people, especially those who have greatest need, and we share a high level of commitment to YHA.

We have built an inclusive culture in which everyone contributes, diverse views are respected and acted on, and decisions are reached in an environment of trust and mutual respect. Relationships between Board colleagues, and between Board members and our talented executive team, are strong and supportive whilst always ensuring that we provide an appropriate level of challenge.

We realise that being a Trustee can incur financial expenses such as travel or the cost of covering care.
We are committed to ensuring that these costs are not a barrier to the application or to carrying out
the Trustee role.

Find out more about the current Board of Trustees.

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We have now completed our recruitment process for the Board of Trustees for 2022/23.

To express an interest in the 2023/24 application pack and process please email [email protected] where your contact details will remain on file, and you will be notified once we commence the process next time.

Our charitable object

To help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities, particularly by providing youth hostels or other accommodation for them in their travels, and thus to promote their health, recreation and education.

What is involved?

Becoming a Trustee is a serious undertaking but one which we believe is hugely rewarding.

The Board is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategy and for guiding the work of the organisation in relation to areas such as finance, capital strategy, risk management, property, hospitality, and organisational performance.

Board members must be able to work collaboratively, listen to other people’s point of view and offer constructive challenge and criticism.

Commitment

Trustees are expected to virtually attend the AGM and two face-to-face meetings held at YHA hostels, with three or four other virtual meetings throughout the year. 

You are also expected to contribute in other ways: for example, as a member of one of the Board sub committees, and occasionally by representing YHA at official functions.

New Trustees will also need to commit to our Trustee induction programme which includes online sessions, and a half day face-to-face session in the network with our operations managers and hostel managers.

Become a Trustee

We have now completed our recruitment process for the Board of Trustees for 2022/23.

To express an interest in the 2023/24 application pack and process please email [email protected] where your contact details will remain on file, and you will be notified once we commence the process next time.

Trustee recruitment