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Victim Support seeks new Trustee – legal experience welcomed

Closing Date
8 February 2021
Meetings held at different locations in Eng & Wales
Time Commitment
4 board meetings + 1 strategy day

Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales. It aims to ensure that people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve, and helps people to feel safer and to move beyond crime.

The charity helps people by providing free, confidential advice, emotional support and practical help through local Victim Support teams across England and Wales, and a national contact centre. The work of its 2,000 staff and volunteers supports people affected by all types of crime including burglary, hate crime, fraud, theft, child sexual exploitation and modern day slavery; its offering includes a range of specialist services, including services for children and young people and those affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. It also runs the National Homicide Service to support families affected by murder and manslaughter, and provides key support services to people affected by terror attacks.

Victim Support is independent of the government, the police, local authorities and the criminal justice system, but its unrivalled national overview gives it the ability to share best practice and innovate in its services, as well as to champion victims’ rights from a strong evidence base.

As the charity works towards a world where there are fewer victims, and where those affected have stronger rights, better support and real influence in the criminal justice system, joining the Board of Trustees is an opportunity to make a real impact and be part of its success story.

Role specification

The Board at Victim Support currently has three vacancies for Trustees. As a Trustee, successful appointees will:

  • Be an ambassador for Victim Support and for its work
  • Help to shape the strategic direction of Victim Support
  • Make sure Victim Support has policies in place that comply with current legislation and promote good practice
  • Make sure that staff, money and other resources are used appropriately, and that this is always monitored properly
  • Support the fundraising, income generation and outward-facing activities of the charity
  • Spend time with its services, getting to understand their work
  • Make sure that the needs of victims, witnesses and families affected by tragic incidents and crime are always at the centre of decisions taken by Victim Support
  • Attend training sessions, some of which are embedded into each Board meeting, to promote their knowledge and professional development in the role of Trustee


Person specification

Victim Support needs a Board which reflects and represents the people it supports and the voices it champions. The charity would therefore particularly welcome applications from Victim Support volunteers or anyone wishing to become a volunteer, anyone who has worked in an organisation helping victims, and anyone with personal experience of crime, or the criminal justice system.

Beyond this, skills in safeguarding, legal matters, income generation or fundraising, procurement, and insurance and risk would be particularly welcome; most important, though, is the willingness to engage closely with the charity’s work, and the enthusiasm to steer and support its strategy.

Victim Support welcomes applications from those seeking their first board role, and will provide appropriate training.

Required for this role

  • Trustee ready Sitting on a trustee board requires the ability to take a more advisory approach than in executive roles. If you have not previously held any trustee or non-executive positions, you should demonstrate a track record of influencing the direction of your organisation at board level. If you already have significant trustee or non-executive experience, please detail this.



Victim Support would like its Board of Trustees to be as diverse as the communities with which it works. As a result, whilst the charity would encourage anyone interested to consider an application, it would particularly welcome applications from those from groups currently under-represented on the Board. It also offers a full induction and training opportunities to all Trustees to support them fulfil their role.


Terms of appointment

The position of Trustee is unpaid. However, all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred on charity business will be reimbursed in line with the charity’s Volunteer Expenses Policy.

Time commitment

Trustees are asked to prepare for, attend and contribute to all Board meetings and join sub-committees and ad hoc working groups as required. Meetings are held at different locations throughout England and Wales. Regular annual commitments include:

  • Four full-day meetings of the Board (during working hours)
  • One Strategy Day
  • Potential to become a member of a Committee (People, Remunerations or Finance, Audit and Risk)
  • Visits to local offices as appropriate
  • Attendance at occasional fundraising or networking events.

The estimated total commitment for Trustees is c. 8-10 days per year in total.

Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years, with the possibility of extension for a further period of three years.


This process is being run in-house by the organisation, who will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round.

Connected parties

The team at Victim Support is happy to be contacted by anyone who is considering applying regarding any questions; please contact verena.meyners@victimsupport.org.uk. All applications must be made through Nurole.


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