Chair of the Board of Trustees (voluntary role)

We have a great opportunity to join our thriving and dynamic organisation as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

We are seeking a Trustee to be responsible for Chairing the SARSAS Trustee Board. This is an great opportunity to help SARSAS realise it’s vision of a world without sexual violence.

The purpose of this role is to lead the Board of Trustees for SARSAS, providing strategic and governance oversight and direction for the sustainability of the organisation and its work for the benefit of our clients.

Appointment: for an initial three-year term (with re-election up to a maximum of three consecutive years) 

Closing date: midnight on Monday 27 May 2024.

We are also looking for non-Chair Trustees who have a background in HR, Law or Communications. If you are interested in the non-Chair post, please follow the below instructions. Clearly state on the application form that it’s for a non-Chair Trustee role.

Key accountabilities

  • Work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the SARSAS has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and that the charity, the Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer are focused on achieving these.
  • Ensure, that the Board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity.
  • Help the Chief Executive Officer to achieve the charity’s mission.

Key competencies

  • Experience of leadership within a board/committee setting
  • Ability to think strategically, plan and set direction
  • Experience of line management/supervision
  • Decision making and risk management
  • Experience of partnership working
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Understanding of and commitment to the feminist agenda and sexual violence
  • Commitment to best practice in governance and service delivery
  • Ability to build and secure trust and value from relationships
  • Ability to achieve through collaboration and team working

Role responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that the Trustees govern SARSAS in the long-term interests of its service users.
  • Ensure SARSAS has a clear mission and vision and that there is a common understanding of these by the Chief Executive and the Trustees.
  • Ensure that policies set by SARSAS support the vision, mission and strategic priorities and objectives.
  • Ensure the charity is legally compliant and works towards best practice in relation to Charity Commission standards and the Rape Crisis England & Wales National Service Standards.
  • Manage governance and risk.
  • Ensure that the board’s delegated authority is recorded in writing.
  • Ensure that the Chief Executive Officer’s performance is reviewed informally at regular one-to-one meetings throughout the year and more formally annually.


SARSAS exists to relieve the trauma and distress and help rebuild the lives of victim-survivors who live in Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and BANES, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. We campaign and educate to raise awareness and bring an end to sexual violence. Partnership work with a variety of agencies locally and nationally is a priority to enable social change.

We work to feminist principles: this underpins both what our service is and how it is run. Our work is guided by a trauma-informed approach that understands how traumatic experiences can impact victim-survivors and keeps an awareness of their effects at the forefront of our approach to support.

Watch our 2021 GSK Impact Awards Winners video for a taster of the work we do.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

At SARSAS we strive to create a workplace that reflect the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We want to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates diverse voices. We actively encourage applicants with protected characteristics to apply.

We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to recruitment and selection whilst ensuring there is no discrimination in our processes and that our team and prospective employees are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made to accommodate additional requirements. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

For more information, contact or call 0117 929 9556.

How to apply

Download and read the job description and person specification

Download and complete the application form

Return your completed application to by midnight on Monday 27 May 2024

Interview date: Friday 7 June 2024
Please ensure you are available for an interview on this date.

If you have any questions, please email or ring our Bristol office on 0117 929 9556 and speak to Sarah Alloway, HR Officer.

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