Trustee and Company Secretary

Safe in Sussex

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We are a women led  charity supporting women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse through refuges and educational programmes. 

We are looking for a trustee with excellent administrative skills to support the work of the board and the organisation. You will be taking over from our current Company Secretary who is moving into the role of Co-Chair. 

 Your role will be to:

  • Take minutes of board meetings.
  • Be responsible for the completion of the official returns to Companies House.
  • Participate fully in board meetings and play an important part in the strategic direction of the organisation.

The Company Secretary is essential to the effectiveness of the board of trustees in steering the organisation. By joining Safe in Sussex you will play a key role in determining the future of the organisation and ensuring it maintains its high standards of governance.


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

We are looking for someone who:

  • is organised and methodical, with an eye for detail.
  • has excellent writing skills and who can produce concise and relevant minutes of meetings.
  • Is able to deal with official board correspondence.

The role is also responsible for ensuring the board of trustees complies with the relevant charity and company regulations so you should either have an awareness of these, or be willing to learn.

An understanding of the charitable and voluntary sector and its governance will be an advantage, and empathy for the aims and objectives of Safe in Sussex.


The role of company secretary is an excellent stepping stone for anyone who has ambitions to progress in the governance of the charity and voluntary sector.

An experienced company secretary is an asset for any organisation and is a useful way to prepare for other roles - either paid or voluntary - within the sector.

This trustee will also contribute to the organisation's objectives to improve the lives of women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Practical Considerations

Applications are considered in the first instance by the co-chairs and suitable applicants are invited to attend three board meetings as observer.

If all parties are happy the applicant is invited to join the board after the third meeting.

References will be taken up prior to the third meeting and the usual checks and training will be organised thereafter.

When do I need to be available?

Details Board meetings are held every six weeks and there are occasionally other meetings in between. Regulatory requirements are usually annual.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

A2, Yeoman Gate
Yeoman Way
West Sussex
BN13 3QZ

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  • 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)
    Our constitution stipulates women only on the board