Trustee with Legal Expertise

Job Title: Trustee with Legal Expertise
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: North Yorkshire
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary role
Reference: J58684
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 19, 2018 15:56

Job Description

About Survivors West Yorkshire

Survivors West Yorkshire (SWY) is a survivor led and focused service. Its vision is to support evidenced based services that are gender informed and accessible across West Yorkshire. Services which are user friendly and proactively involve survivors.

Our aim is to create a specialist service that connects survivors and their supporters to professional services using good practice standards. Our focus is on cloud based support offering off-line options if appropriate for the survivor.

Our objective is to innovatively support the self-empowerment of adult survivors of sexual violence- abuse by developing robustly evaluated psychological interventions.

About the role

Whilst the legal trustee does not need to be a specialist in a specific field, they should be knowledgeable regarding issues around conflict of interest and willing to familiarise themselves with the legal framework surrounding the organisation’s actions and plans as required. The legal trustee’s expertise and engagement will play a significant role in strengthening the current board of trustees.

By joining the board at Survivors West Yorkshire you will be part of a growing organisation that provides invaluable support to survivors of sexual violence. Your involvement as a Trustee will help enable the organisation to meet the increasing demand for their services whilst ensuring there is robust governance in place.

In addition to providing your skills, all members of the board must be highly committed to the cause of the organisation and share the same vision in order to take the organisation forward.

This is a great opportunity for those who are passionate about helping survivors of sexual violence.

Person Specification 

  • Legal experience from either the private or public sector, though experience of the charity sector would also be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of conflict of interest issues.
  • A commitment to the organisation.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • A willingness to speak their mind.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Knowledge of the issues for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
  • A commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of males

Time commitment

The board meets bi-monthly and additional time will be required to prepare for boards meetings and to provide ad hoc support if required

How to apply

Applications must be made via TrusteeWorks in the first instance. To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.