Jan 182021
 
Refuge – Board Trustees

Board Trustees - Refuge

Recruiter: Refuge
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Unremunerated role + expenses
Posted: 15 Jan 2021
Closes: 22 Feb 2021
Job Function: Board Member, Trustees
Industry: Charities

At Refuge, we believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse, and we help empower survivors and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. We provide high-quality services for those who have experienced violence; protect survivors by advocating for a strong criminal justice response to perpetrators; and prevent future violence through education, training and awareness-raising.

Our sector is going through a period of rapid change: perhaps the most important recent development is the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020, which we believe offers the prospect of a genuinely transformative shift. We are responding by building capacity and developing a new approach – a process significantly helped by the fact that our track record, and uncompromising focus on the interests of survivors, mean that we are highly influential with policy-makers. So this opportunity to join our Trustee Board offers an uniquely absorbing, rewarding role in eliminating the scourge of domestic violence.

Trustees oversee Refuge’s governance, compliance, strategy and planning. We advise and support the executive team, enabling them to achieve our aims as effectively as possible. Our watchwords are openness, inclusion, challenge and support in equal measure, and we bring a range of different experiences, professional backgrounds and skillsets to this vital work. As we strengthen the board with these appointments, we would like particularly to encourage interest from those with knowledge and expertise of crime / law enforcement; treasury / accountancy; social / community services; operational experience (including complex multi-site / multi-service (distribution) experience); or the use of technology / digital tools in service provision.

The wider non-executive repertoire – independence of thought, an enquiring mind, commitment to the principles of public life, ability to absorb and interrogate complex information and draw sound conclusions – is non-negotiable. However, we recognise that candidates may exhibit all of these skills and behaviours without yet having held a non-executive role, and would encourage those looking for their first trusteeship to get in touch.

We believe that greater diversity on our board would increase our effectiveness. If you would like to discuss the role or your profile with our consultants at Cadence Partners, please contact Shani Newbold on +44 20 7947 4960 or email refuge-trustees@cadencepartners.co.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

For more information about the role, please visit www.joinrefuge.co.uk If you require the candidate materials in an alternative format, please request it using the same contact details.

Closing date: 22 February 2021.

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