Alleviating poverty, bringing hope

Noah’s values and ethos simply expressed are care, compassion, and commitment, and love for the people we work with and serve. Our values are practically expressed in humble service, helping those in need, in poverty and experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation.

In living out these values as an organisation we will seek as a priority to recruit trustees, staff and volunteers who are committed to and actively live out these values in contributing to the work of our teams.

Find out about volunteering opportunities with NOAH here


HR Trustee

About Us:
NOAH (New Opportunities and Horizons) is a Luton-based charity working across Bedfordshire offering hope and support to people experiencing disadvantage. Founded in 1987, NOAH has earned a reputation for positively affecting people’s lives including those who are homeless and rough sleeping. Our forward thinking and solutions-based approach to alleviating poverty has allowed us to aid those most in need within our community. Together, we have created an organisation capable of achieving extraordinary positive impact on peoples’ lives.
NOAH works with the whole person to find permanent and individually tailored pathways out of homelessness and other forms of poverty. Our support is offered to people who are homeless, severely excluded, or both, at a pace and level suited to each individual. It ranges from providing hot meals and medical care, to offering accredited training and support in finding a job. We continue to be there for our people long after finding permanent accommodation and employment.

What we’re looking for:
A Trustee with experience working at a senior management/leadership level in HR, to help us to strengthen our staff and volunteer management and achieve our ambition of developing Rainbow Recruitment, our new social enterprise which aims to secure employment for our clients. They will have the specific responsibility for providing thought leadership on HR and support the Board to understand any relevant HR issues that need to be considered as part of strategic planning and operations.

For this role, experience within the homelessness and/or poverty sector is desirable but not essential. However, it is key that candidates have a true passion supporting the most disadvantaged in our community. At NOAH Enterprise, we recognise and respect the fundamental dignity and worth of every individual and wish to support them in improving their life quality. Our work is founded upon a Christian ethos and it is expected that Trustees respect this. However, in selecting candidates we will focus on skills, perspectives, diversity and values, rather than religion.

Trustees will be expected to attend quarterly Board meetings, which are held during the day (over Zoom in case of continued social distancing restrictions). You will also be asked to join one or two sub-committees which tend to meet every two months. Candidates should be open to providing occasional ad hoc advise or guidance over the phone or in face-to-face meetings.

Trustees are not paid, but reasonable out of pocket expenses will be met.

To apply: Please download the information pack here and send your CV and covering letter outlining your reasons for applying to Marlijn Wijkhuizen by Friday the 30th of October (end-of-day).