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Citizens Advice West Sussex seeks new Trustee

Citizens Advice West Sussex seeks new Trustee

Closing Date
6 September 2022
West Sussex
Time Commitment
1-2 days a month

We at Citizens Advise West Sussex are looking for a forward thinking trustee with ambition and expertise to help us deliver on our dual mission in the future; giving the advice people need to solve the problems they face and advocating to address their underlying causes.

Trustees are volunteers who are expected to use their skills, knowledge and experience to help guide and govern their local Citizens Advice. They work with the Chief Executive and other staff to shape strategy and give direction.

If you believe this role is suited to you, please contact us now!

Please note this is a West Sussex role and therefore can be based within this County and there is flexibility within this location.

As a Trustee Volunteer your main duties and responsibilities will be;

Each individual member of the trustee board has a responsibility to contribute to the discharging of the board’s duties. They can do this by:

  • Maintaining an awareness of the business of the bureau
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in meetings
  • actively contributing to setting policy and strategic direction, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance
  • Monitoring whether the service complies with its governing document, whether it meets Citizens Advice standards and how well the advice needs of the local community are being met
  • Monitoring the financial position of the bureau and ensuring that it operates within its means and objects, and that there are clear lines of accountability for day-to-day financial management
  • Supporting the development of the bureau through participation in agreed projects
  • Actively seeking to further the strategic objectives of the bureau, and acting in the best interests of the bureau at all times
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.

Our personal skills and qualities for all our trustees include;

Each individual member of the trustee board brings skills and qualities to the board. They add to the collective knowledge and experience by providing:

  • Commitment and availability to attend bureau trustee board meetings
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources
  • Commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the CAB service, including those relating to equal opportunities, independence and social policy
  • Willingness and ability to act in the best interests of the bureau
  • Ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and employers
  • Willingness to participate in democratic process which develops CAB policies by area and nationally
  • Numeracy to the extent required to understand CAB accounts with the support of a treasurer
  • Willingness and ability to learn, and to develop and examine their own attitudes
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, and exercise good, independent judgement
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

Citizens Advice West Sussex Trustee

We are looking for a new trustee who will join a team who are collectively responsible for the overall management, governance and strategic direction of the national charity, and for developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with governing documents, legal and regulatory guidelines.

You should have a proven record of achievement in your own field, operating at a strategic level, confronting challenges and driving through initiatives.

We are looking for someone who has local Citizens Advice expertise and is able to bring that perspective and insight to board discussions, in the context of their responsibilities as a trustee of the national charity. This person could be a current trustee or senior manager in local Citizens Advice, or someone who has recent and substantial experience in such a role.

The benefits of becoming a Trustee at Citizens Advise West Sussex;

  • A chance to make a difference within your community
  • Use your skills and experience in a new context
  • Learn how a charity operates
  • Learn about the impact of high quality, impartial advice
  • Understand the strategic role of Trustee Boards
  • Contribute to the future direction and sustainability of a key local organisation
  • Work with people from a wide range of backgrounds engaged around a common purpose
  • Something a bit different to add to your CV!

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