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Legal Trustee

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
RH1 1RJ, Redhill
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
3 Jul 2021

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Charity, Legal
Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Are you passionate about ending domestic abuse and social injustice? Can you help East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services not only to sustain its current life saving services but also to thrive in a challenging world?

ESDAS were created in partnership with survivors and the local community in response to the injustice many adult and child survivors experienced particularly in having to flee their homes to escape abuse and therefore losing their networks. ESDAS takes a strengths-based, needs-led, trauma-informed approach for supporting women to build resilience and foster independence.

We are looking for a courageous, committed and innovative individual who wants to play their part in ending the social injustice of domestic abuse and violence. The right person will join a board of like-minded people who each bring their relevant experience and expertise to their Trustee role.

Trustees' 6 main duties

  1. Ensure ESDAS is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
  2. Comply with ESDAS's governing document and the law. 
  3. Act in ESDAS's best interests. 
  4. Manage ESDAS's resources responsibly.
  5. Act with reasonable care and skill.
  6. Ensure ESDAS is accountable.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment and we want our Trustee Board to be reflective of the community we serve. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

What are we looking for?

If you're passionate about helping adults and children who are or have experienced domestic abuse and violence, can empathise with the challenges facing our client group and would enjoy a trustee role that is likely to broaden your horizons, we'd love to hear from you.

We are looking for trustees who can offer new insights and solutions that will contribute to the further development and direction of our organisation. We are particularly interested in a trustee with legal expertise who will undertake a lead role for the Board on all matters associated with the legal aspects of the organisation.

What you will gain from this role:

  • Opportunity to actively contribute to alleviating the suffering and harm caused by perpetrators of abuse. 
  • Opportunity to work with our small but innovative Trustee team to develop and shape the future ESDAS Strategy and plans.
  • Opportunity to work closely with the Board of Trustees and gain an insight into charity governance.
  • Experience in using your creativity and expertise to help others recover and thrive.
  • Working with a diverse and motivated team of volunteers and Trustees.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable expenses

Time Commitment

  • attendance at a minimum of six Board meetings a year
  • one day per month to deliver on projects linked to your specialism
  • ad hoc events and meetings such as away days

How to apply

Applications are through Reach TrusteeWorks. Please email your CV or Linkedin Profile, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work with the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information to: For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact the TrusteeWorks team to arrange a call with the organisation.


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