Recruiting Board Members
Posted on May 10, 2021 by The Great Britain China Centre
London, United Kingdom
Design & Creative
The Great Britain-China Centre is a public body under the auspices of, but independent from, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). GBCC works to support the government's strategic relationship with China by broadening access and channels of engagement through political dialogues, legal exchanges and capability building. Working in close partnership with HMG and other UK institutions including parliament, the political parties, the judiciary and the legal profession, academia and business, GBCC occupies a niche role creating diverse entry points for UK-China dialogue especially on global governance, rule of law and justice issues. An ambitious new strategy for 2 has recently been approved and is in its first phase of implementation.
With almost fifty years of experience, GBCC has established unique networks in Chinese, British and international legal, judicial, academic and political spheres. Our relationships and influence have provided a trusted and consistent mechanism for exchange throughout changing political climates.
The Board of Directors comprises independent non-executives, including Members of Parliament, and is attended by representatives of the FCDO, the British Council and the China Britain Business Council. GBCC's Chair is Sir Martin Davidson, the Honorary President is Lord Mandelson, and Sir David Lidington recently joined as Honorary Vice President. The Board meets in London four times a year, and there is a number of sub-committees in which directors are expected to participate. GBCC's directors are also expected to commit time outside the formal Board commitment to use their expertise to assist the Chair and the executive team in achieving GBCC's strategic and operational goals. Board members are expected to spend approximately two days per month on GBCC business.
GBCC now seeks to strengthen its Board and would welcome applications from those with a keen interest in, and experience and knowledge of, China. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: fundraising and income generation; marketing and communications, human resource management, digital/online delivery, experience with academic and political engagement with China.
GBCC is eager to encourage diversity on its Board. Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age or ability.
Board meetings and sub-committee meetings are held during working hours, and typically take place at Portcullis House or the GBCC offices in Belgrave Square. Both venues are wheelchair accessible, and GBCC welcomes questions about reasonable special adjustments from prospective applicants.
During the pandemic, Board meetings have been held online. GBCC welcomes applicants who are not permanently based in the UK, but will prioritise those who can commit to attending the majority of Board meetings in person when that becomes possible.
GBCC is recruiting three new Board members for commencement in early October 2021. The appointment is for three years, with the possibility of renewing for another three-year term. The positions are not remunerated.
Applications, including a CV and a covering letter setting out why the candidate believes they would be suitable for appointment, should be sent by e-mail to
The application deadline is June 10, 2021
Candidates will be contacted after June 25th for interviews during the period July 5-16th, and successful candidates will be informed by July 30th. These dates may need to be adjusted in light of Covid restrictions. If a candidate would like to discuss any aspect of the Board position before submitting an application, please email the GBCC Chair, Sir Martin Davidson, also on