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Chair of Trustees and Lived Experience Trustee (2 roles) - Safe Spaces England and Wales

United Kingdom
Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
Closing on 26 February 2024

Safe Spaces England and Wales (SSEW) is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church, or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales.

Current Trustees are currently an equal balance of representatives between the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales. SSEW also works with an advisory committee of experts, including people with lived experience of church-related abuse.  The SSEW board of Trustees are seeking to appoint an Independent Chair of the Board and a Trustee with lived experience.

The Independent Chair will provide excellent leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, as well as a level of independent challenge and scrutiny. We are looking for someone with a good understanding of safeguarding, along with experience of leading a board, chairing meetings and charity governance.  
The Trustee with Lived Experience will have personal experience of church-related abuse and is able to use these knowledge and skills to guide and improve the services of the charity.  

Key criteria for all board members:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the objectives of SSEW, and the aspirations of the funding bodies to work with an independent provider to deliver Safe Spaces - better support for victims and survivors of Christian church-related abuse.
  • An understanding of safeguarding in respect of children and adults who have been abused.
  • Have experience of operating at a strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • May have experience of board governance in the charitable or third sector with some understanding of the statutory and charity safeguarding sectors.
  • Be emotionally intelligent, discrete, and reflective, with strong inter-personal skills, and the ability to engage effectively and work collaboratively.
  • Have a relevant academic or professional qualification, or qualified by experience.

You will be able to commit sufficient time to conduct the role well. The Board meets approximately 4 - 6 times per year, mostly online, however there could be in-person meetings planned in the future.  These would likely take place in London. The Independent Chair and Trustees may meet informally in between board meetings as required. The Independent Chair may on occasions be asked to represent SSEW at other key stakeholder meetings, subject to availability.

Please note: It would be beneficial to have some understanding of the Church and the dynamic that faith plays in the context of safeguarding, however in order for the postholders to be truly independent, they shall not be, or have been, an employee, trustee, office holder, or holder of any significant role in the Church of England, Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church in England and Wales, or be or have been closely connected to such a person.

For more information, please contact Sandra Smith, Associate Director, Charisma Charity Recruitment.  Applications should include your CV and supporting statement.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Closing date for applications:  26th February 2024

Interview dates with Safe Spaces:

  • Independent Chair interviews will take place Tuesday 26th March (AM)
  • Lived Experience Trustee interviews will take place Wednesday 27th March (PM)
Sandra Smith
Associate Director
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