Trustee with Medical Expertise


Prisoners Abroad is a human rights and welfare charity providing humanitarian aid, advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. We assist British citizens during their incarceration, when they return to the UK and need access to resettlement services, and we also support their family and friends throughout the trauma.

Every year thousands of British people are detained in over 90 countries around the world. Prisoners Abroad translates human rights law into practical life-saving actions. A non-judgmental approach is our foundation stone. Our overseas programme provides a lifeline to British citizens imprisoned overseas who often face harsh conditions, including insufficient food, lack of access to clean water, overcrowding and no proper space to sleep.

Many prisoners experience physical and mental health challenges as a result of poor conditions and harsh treatment. Prisoners are often being held in countries that are far away from family and for many, there is also a language barrier which increases levels of loneliness.

We are currently recruiting for a trustee with medical expertise who will bring their specialist knowledge of prisoner health to our Board and help develop services to our beneficiaries.  This involves sitting on the panel that reviews deaths in custody; supporting staff on service user health issues, medication and grant decisions; and liaison with the FCDO’s pro bono panel.

As our Medic Trustee, you’ll be influencing and making a difference at the strategic level on global prisoner health issues while deepening your own insight into the complex set of related policy and operational issues for Prisoners Abroad as a UK charity.  

We are a warm and welcoming organisation, doing vital work with prisoners and their families. 

To download the short application form please click herePlease send your completed application form to Pauline Crowe (email address below).

To download a recruitment pack which contains the role description and further information including a statement from Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the previous post holder, please click here

If you would like to discuss the role prior to applying, please email our CEO directly at: [email protected].


We particularly welcome applicants who will add to our Board’s diversity, for example women, ethnic minorities and mid-career / pre-retirement professionals.

This is an ongoing process, for a voluntary, unpaid appointment.