Finance Trustee

Safe in Sussex

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We are a women led charity supporting women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse, through providing refuges and educational programmes.  We are looking for a finance trustee to oversee our financial management.

The finance trustee will be a board member and will be expected to attend up to 10 board meetings a year and monthly finance meetings either in person or via zoom. 

The trustee will oversee the work of the finance manager and provide updates to the board on the health of our finances.  The trustee will be influential in planning the strategic direction of the organisation and help to ensure we have the resources required to meet our strategic objectives.

Our current finance trustee has been with the organisation for a number of years and has indicated her wish to retire during 2021. Her successor will be a key member of the board taking the lead in ensuring the financial health of the organisation. 

All book-keeping is done by the employed finance manager, and bid-writing duties are shared between the CEO and deputy CEO. The annual accounts are externally audited, so the finance trustee role is mainly oversight and strategic at an exciting time in the organisation's genesis.

Safe in Sussex has an annual budget of around £1.2 million and up to 40 members of staff.  


Safe in Sussex is restricted by its constitution to women only at Board level. 

We are seeking a finance professional with a minimum of three years experience at senior level who can operate at the strategic level. 

It would be helpful for that person to be able to explain complex finances to non-finance people and to have a flexible and innovative approach to the needs of the organisation to balance core funding with project funding in a challenging environment.


The Safe in Sussex Trustee Board is a friendly group of women with a shared interest in the provision of services for women and children who experience domestic abuse, and the development and delivery of community programmes which help to address abusive behaviour and encourage healthy relationships.  This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to that work in a vitally important way.

Practical Considerations

Applications are considered by the chair and secretary in the first instance and suitable candidates are invited to attend board meetings as an observer. At the third meeting, if all parties are happy, the candidate is invited to join the board, when appropriate checks and training are organised. References are taken up prior to the third meeting by the chair.

When do I need to be available?

Details Board meetings take place every six weeks and finance meetings monthly. There are occasional additional meetings
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

A2, Yeoman Gate
Yeoman Way
West Sussex
BN13 3QZ

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    As Safe in Sussex is affiliated to Women's Aid we are currently only able to recruit female Board members, due to their current stipulations on affiliated Board composition.
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training