Dec 052018

Trustee - Central England Law Centre

Organisation: Central England Law Centre
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 28th December 2018
Region: West Midlands

Vacancy Details

Trustee vacancy

Central England Law Centre is seeking to recruit three new trustees to join our high-calibre Board and executive team in developing and executing the organisation's strategy.

This is an opportunity to contribute to an award-winning organisation which leaves no stone unturned in the quest for social justice for society's most disadvantaged people.

Our services focus on those people in our community who are on the edge. They are often isolated and excluded from much of what is regarded as mainstream and they are ‘vulnerable'. By which we mean their lives are not stable and things can easily go wrong. This might be because they are living in poverty and any change in their circumstances can lead to a significant problem; it may be because they have a disability or a long term condition; it may be because their immigration status is unresolved. They may be a victim of domestic violence; or they may be homeless or threatened with homelessness.

We know that the law can offer these people protection and it offers an opportunity for them to resolve their problems, to remove barriers that are holding them back - to move forward in life and to fulfill their potential.

The Law Centre has taken every opportunity to provide services to meet community need and to fill the gaps left by the cuts to legal aid and other funding. Apparent disasters like the closure of the former Birmingham Law Centre, have been turned into opportunities, and Britain's second city now benefits from the new Birmingham Community Law Centre thanks to the Central England Law Centre team.

Central England Law Centre is tackling injustice at many levels.

Despite a savage reduction in legal aid income, we have taken a decision not to charge for our services. We have attracted a wide range of funding whilst remaining true to our fundamental principles. We provide an individual casework service of the highest quality. We are also working closely with partner organisations to tailor services for groups that would otherwise miss out.

We are the UK's largest Law Centre, employing 65 staff and 100 volunteers across Coventry and Birmingham. Our services are rooted in the communities we serve and we use legal expertise to improve the lives of those who are vulnerable and socially excluded due to poverty, illness or disability.

We are looking to recruit trustees from the following backgrounds:

  • Finance;
  • With local knowledge of Birmingham;

You will be joining an experienced Board of Trustees from a wealth of backgrounds, all with a shared interest in access to justice. Your skills will help Central England Law Centre to continue to go from strength to strength, expending our team and developing our profile and influence to deliver the organisation's aims and mission.

In keeping with the charitable nature of the organisation's work, the role is unremunerated. Trustee meetings are held monthly in the evening in Coventry and usually last approximately 2.5 hours.

Ideal candidates will have experience of playing a strategic leadership role in a complex organisation, and of contributing to non-executive governance. They will have a strong commitment to the aims of Central England Law Centre. A clear understanding of the principles of good governance, and of the appropriate division between executive and non-executive responsibilities will be key.

Supporting our Trustees

You may not have been a Trustee before. If that is the case we support all our Trustees to develop with a full induction programme and bespoke training and ongoing support. In return we hope that you will find being a Charity Trustee rewarding and fulfilling whilst developing your skills and, dependant on the stage of your career or personal development, perhaps further your career prospects at the same time.

What difference will you make?

Strong governance, finance expertise and local knowledge is essential for our mission and so we are looking for trustees who can provide this to help us reach the organisation's fullest potential. We believe that our strategy and reach can be developed and expanded even further with the right guidance and so we are looking to build on the skills and experience of our well-established Board of Trustees.

How do you apply?

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Please apply by sending your CV to

Advert Start Date: 3rd December 2018
Contact Telephone Number: 02476253162
Contact Name: Sue Bent
Contact E-mail:

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