Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee

Job Title: Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Unknown
Salary: Pro-bono
Reference: ICEAW Trustee
Contact Name: Molly Dyer
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 11, 2021 09:08

Job Description

About SafeLives

SafeLives is the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone, and for good. Every year, over 2 million adults aged 16-59 in the UK experience some form of domestic abuse, and SafeLives works with organisations to transform the response to domestic abuse; it listens to survivors, putting their voices at the heart of its thinking. Last year alone, nearly 13,500 professionals received SafeLives’ training, and over 70,000 adults at risk of serious harm or murder and more than 85,000 children received support designed by SafeLives. In the last four years, over 2,000 perpetrators have been challenged and supported to change by interventions SafeLives created with partners, and that’s just the start. In the year to June 2020, SafeLives' income was c. £7m.

SafeLives’ approach is built around providing the support that you would want for your best friend. It focuses on early intervention, helping people become safe sooner and challenging perpetrators to change, so action is taken before someone is harmed. SafeLives tests innovative projects, looking for long-term solutions, and combines its national data, research and expertise to improve services and influence policy across the UK. The charity trains domestic abuse professionals and provides support and knowledge to frontline staff and commissioners, alongside running change programmes in the public, private and voluntary sectors to increase understanding of domestic abuse and its impact.

The pandemic has highlighted the urgency of SafeLives’ mission, and in the coming years it will continue to expand its work, reaching into wider society to improve the response to domestic abuse and keep families safe sooner. Driven by its strategic goals of acting before someone is harmed, identifying and stopping harmful behaviour, increasing safety of those at risk and supporting people to live their lives post harm, SafeLives seeks to maximise its impact and ensure it remains a sustainable and financially secure organisation. SafeLives is committed to its values of being human, rigorous, and brave, and to Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EEDI), and it believes that, together, we can end domestic abuse. Forever. For everyone.

Role specification

SafeLives is looking for a new Trustee with a financial background who will also chair its Finance Committee. The new Trustee and Finance Committee Chair will support the Board in the development and implementation of SafeLives’ strategy in line with the charity’s mission, and will monitor and review SafeLives’ performance in line with its strategic objectives. As Chair of the Finance Committee, the new Trustee will oversee the finances of the charity and make recommendations to the Board.

Alongside this, the main responsibilities of a Trustee will be to:

  • Approve SafeLives’ annual budget, operating plan, audit and material business decisions
  • Ensure that SafeLives complies with all legal and regulatory requirements and responsibilities
  • Ensure SafeLives’ commitment to equity, equality, diversity and inclusion, with a diverse Board and staff and create a culture which invites all parts of UK society to feel part of what the charity does

Trustees will act as ambassadors for SafeLives, representing the charity with stakeholders and engaging with the wider team and SafeLives’ work. All Trustees will support SafeLives’ fundraising and wider income generation activities.

Person specification

The new Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee at SafeLives will be a qualified finance professional who will be able to take a broad approach to financial strategy, and will bring significant governance expertise.

For this appointment, candidates should have held a senior level position in a financial role, either within the commercial or not-for-profit sector. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of EEDI and be able to build strong relationships and networks both within SafeLives, with stakeholders, and within the wider community.

Above all, the successful candidate will be committed to SafeLives’ aims and approach to addressing domestic abuse and wider safeguarding issues.

Additional information

For further information on SafeLives and this role, please see the full recruitment pack available on our website here: 

Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated; however, reimbursement is made for all reasonable expenses with regard to Trustees’ duties on behalf of the charity. The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board. The time commitment for the Chair of the Financial Committee will be c. 12 days per year. The Board meets four times each year, and these are expected to resume in person in the future, with three meetings in London and one in Bristol, and the Finance Committee meets four times per year virtually. Trustees will be energetic ambassadors for the organisation, taking opportunities to get involved in SafeLives’ conferences, fundraising and wider work, and may also serve on one of SafeLives’ committees.

First round interviews will take place on 29th June, with second round interviews on 13th July and final interviews on 22nd.

Board Meeting Dates for 2021: 8th June, 21st September, 7th December.


SafeLives wants a team which is diverse and a culture which invites all parts of UK society to feel part of what it does, encouraged that its work speaks to their background and experience. It encourages applicants from the broadest range of backgrounds in line with its commitment to equity, equality, diversity and inclusion. SafeLives recognises that Black women and men are under-represented in leadership positions within the third sector and commits to be part of the change necessary to promote Equity at all levels in society and the workplace.

SafeLives is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexuality, transgender status and working patterns. It is keen to have a Board that appropriately represents all the communities it serves as an organisation. It sees no ‘them and us’ in domestic abuse, and warmly welcomes applicants who have direct or indirect experience of their own, whether disclosed or not.

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