Trustee - HR

Safe in Sussex

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Do you have HR experience? Are you interested in trusteeship? Would you like to contribute to a charity supporting women who experience domestic violence and abuse? If so, then this role could be for you. 

Safe in Sussex provides refuge to women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence and abuse. 

Our work includes:

  • Four refuges providing accommodation, one-to-one support for the women, and support for their children through play-led sessions. 
  • Support Groups for women in the local community. 
  • Healthy relationship education programmes for children and young people.
  • Drop-in facilities for all members of the community with any domestic violence and abuse issues. 

The charity is governed by a board of trustees who bring a range of backgrounds and skills. We are now looking for a new trustee who can bring HR experience.

Safe in Sussex uses an outsourced HR company for all its operational HR needs, so the HR Trustee is asked to provide oversight and governance and be a sounding board for the CEO on HR matters from time to time.

The Board meets once every six weeks. The general responsibilities of all Trustees include:

  • To agree and monitor Safe in Sussex’s strategic direction and ensure it pursues its objectives in keeping with these strategic directions.
  • Ensure the organisation functions within the legal, charitable and financial requirements of a charitable organisation.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation and the proper investment of funds in accordance with Safe in Sussex's stated aims and objectives and relevant legislation. 

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.


You don't need to have been a trustee before. We are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience in HR and employment matters.  
  • Is committed to Safe in Sussex's mission.
  • Is able to devote the necessary time and effort to their trustee role.
  • Has good, independent judgement and a willingness to speak their mind.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • Is a team player with good interpersonal skills. 


  1. The opportunity to contribute to a charity making a difference to the lives of women and children affected by domestic abuse.
  2.  The chance to meet new people and be part of a  positive team.
  3.  Personal and career development.

When do I need to be available?

Details On average we estimate the role will take about 5 hours a month. The board meets every six weeks and you must be able to attend most of these meetings. There will also be ad hoc emails to respond to and event days, such as strategy days and conferences. Outside of board meetings, there is considerable flexibility to help you fit the role around your other commitments.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

A2, Yeoman Gate
Yeoman Way
West Sussex
BN13 3QZ

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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
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    Women only
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  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
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