14 days ago
For well over 125 years CESSAC has been providing homely, welcoming centres for Armed Forces personnel in places where they are either culturally or geographically isolated. It currently operates at 10 Service establishments in Cyprus, Germany, the Falklands and the UK. Each centre is mainly an alcohol & religion-free cafe/coffee shop where all ranks and their families can relax and feel supported. CESSAC is therefore unusual in not fundraising because most activity is met by primary trading. It is a member of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) and the Council of Voluntary Welfare Work. Its Royal Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and President Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL. In 2017, the charity’s turnover was £1.7 million.
The trustees are looking to augment their number with someone who has a financial background, appointments would normally be for up to nine years. Although the charity is not religious in operation, it was established by Anglicans and, ideally, trustees should be recorded as members of the Church of England, although a limited number of non-members are welcome. The charity is based in Portsmouth, which is where the trustees normally meet 4 times a year. Meetings currently taken place in the morning with lunch offered on completion. Reasonable expenses can be claimed.
Details about the charity can be found on the Charity Commission website (reg no 226684) and on its own: http://www.cessaha.co.uk/cessac. Note the website is primarily used by a separate 'sister' organisation - CESSA HA, a registered social Housing Association run by some of the same staff, that provides sheltered housing for ex-service personnel and their families over the age of 60.
Anyone interested please contact me (Patrick Keefe) to learn more, either about the charity or the informal recruitment process.