We’re Recruiting: Trustees

Switchboard is looking to recruit new trustees to continue to develop the organisation in line with our strategy.

Next year we will be celebrating our 45th year, which makes Switchboard the longest-running LGBT organisation in Brighton and Hove. Switchboard is in a solid position and we have an effective governance structure in place, a strong vision in place, clearly defined values and a strategy for the future.

The Board meets six times a year and trustees are asked to attend these meetings as well as getting involved in various Trustee subgroups that range from finance, fundraising, governance and HR. In addition to this, trustees have an annual planning day once a year as well as other involvement in team planning events.

Trustees are responsible for the strategic oversight of the charity ensuring that it is meeting its charitable objectives and working in line with the charity commission and in line with the organisations vision, mission and values. Trustees are also responsible for ensuring that the charity remains financially robust and that sufficient planning is in place to ensure the charities sustainability.

We are in challenging times, demands for services are increasing and all forecasts indicate this will continue, public sector funds are continuingly under pressure so need to diversify our income is a must. There are greater pressures for organisations to evidence impact, outcomes and value for money

We are looking for people with strategic vision, independent judgement and a willingness to give time and commitment to being a trustee. We would especially welcome individuals with previous experience of human resources, fundraising, the voluntary and community sector or being a trustee previously. Trustees aren’t paid, but it’s a rewarding experience and you can easily make an impact.

We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We positively welcome applications from people over 60, BAME/QTIPOC, disabled and trans and/or non-binary people as these groups are currently under-represented on our Trustee board.

To be considered as for the role of Trustee please send a brief CV and covering letter to our Chair Dawn Draper as to why you would like to be a Trustee at Switchboard and what skills and experience you will bring to the role.

For more information or an informal discussion on the role of trustee, please contact Dawn at dawn.draper@switchboard.org.uk.

Closing date: 22 April 2019 (interviews w/b 29th April)

Person Specification & Role Profile

Trustee Recruitment Information Pack