Income Generation Trustee

Website Worthing Women's Aid t/a Safe in Sussex

Could you join our Board as our Fundraising Trustee, supporting the work of the Board and CEO to relieve the distress and suffering of people, with a particular focus on women and children who have suffered or are exposed to domestic abuse?

What will you be doing?

Our Trustee Board has gone through a transformation over the past two years and has a new generation of trustees who bring specific areas of expertise to the role of governance. We have a new Strategy and a strong ambition. We are looking for a fundraising expert who- in addition to usual trustee functions- can support our ambition through…

  • Opening doors and bringing in connections – either personally, or via a volunteer board of connectors and donors.
  • Bringing a substantial background as a senior charity Fundraiser with a sound understanding and experience of charity fundraising at strategic and operational levels.
  • Bringing overall leadership and drive as the Co-Chair of the Fundraising and Communications Committee ensuring the development of the overall governance of the charity’s fundraising and communications functions
  • Ensuring that there is the right breadth and depth of fundraising and communications skills on the Fundraising and Communications Committee, with access to the right networks, in order that the charity is in the best possible position to develop and deliver high quality strategies in fundraising, marketing and communications.
  • Ensuring highest standards of probity and integrity in policies and practice related to fundraising
  • Assessing risks and measuring the impact of fundraising interventions in the light of best practice.

Experience of the refuge sector is not essential but any successful candidate will be expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and empathy with our values, aims and objectives.

What are we looking for?

We seek a candidate who has the time and energy to commit to Safe in Sussex and the confidence and skills to act in a governance role and bring their fundraising expertise.

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • Experience in high value fundraising, who understands the region (and its potential for fundraising growth), and is comfortable taking a leadership role in a major capital campaign. This could include experience in corporate partnerships, trusts or major donors.
  • Relevant networks or strong networking skills who can open doors and bring in connections – either personally, or via a volunteer board of connectors and donors.
  • Professional charity fundraising knowledge, notably in individual giving (including digital), corporate and major donor fundraising and community fundraising
  • Knowledge of the UK charity fundraising sector
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Familiarity with the operation of trusts and corporate social responsibility.
  • Comfort in approaching high net worth individuals through targeted campaigns.
  • Professional experience working in Communications would be an advantage but is not necessary.

We aim to operate a supportive environment where fellow Trustees and members of staff are encouraged to develop their skills to their fullest extent and this role will play an important part in achieving that aim. An understanding of the charity and voluntary sector will be an advantage and knowledge of the governance of charities is essential. We are also looking for someone who has understanding of, and empathy with the aims and objectives of Safe in Sussex.

Safe in Sussex is a feminist, non-discriminatory and non-judgmental organisation that welcomes and values the diversity of each individual’s lived experiences. As a Board, we seek to recruit and retain a diverse mix of individuals who are representative of the diversity in our local communities. We are aware that we need to increase our diversity so if you are from a minority group, we very much encourage you to apply and we welcome your application.

What difference will you make?

This role plays an important part in the robust governance of the charity by working with and supporting the Chair, the Board and the Senior Management Team to ensure the success of the organisation. As part of a small governance team, your specialist skills will be valued and respected and will be utilised to enhance the effectiveness of the Board.

Before you apply

Please do send an expression of interest via Reach in the first instance, we can then send you the application pack and brochure. Applications will be considered in the first instance by the Chair of the Board and may involve a telephone interview. Suitable applicants are invited to submit a written application and then, if selected, to attend three board meetings as an observer. If all parties are happy the applicant will be invited to join the board after the third meeting. References will be taken up prior to the third meeting. The usual checks, induction and training will be undertaken.


Worthing, BN11 1UN
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Local enough to be able to attend meetings and relevant events.


Mostly outside office hoursEstimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month or 1-3 hours / weekWe would like you to be able to commit for at least two years, ideally for a three year term


09 Oct 2022

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