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  • Citizens Advice South Somerset trustee recruitment

    Citizens Advice South Somerset are recruiting a Chair and Vice Chair to join our Board of 9 Trustees.

    Citizens Advice South Somerset is a local charity that was established in 1961 and a member of the National Citizens Advice network. Our work focuses on helping clients to prepare for, and manage through, key life events and change. We are passionate about our work, delivering excellence in prevention and advice services, and held in high regard by our local partners and stakeholders.

    Having completed his 3 year term of office our current Chair of Trustees, Rod McDonagh, will be stepping down in the autumn.

    Chair of Trustees: We are looking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees who can provide leadership to the Board and support for the Chief Executive. The Chair's aim is to enable the Trustees to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. Our new Chair will have experience of governance and strategic leadership, a flair for relationship management and be forthright in their commitment to our values and development objectives.

    Chair's Responsibilities include:

    • Ensuring that the Charity achieves maximum impact for its beneficiaries
    • Representing the organisation in an ambassadorial role to assist our CEO in building positive relationships with our stakeholders
    • Managing timely and effective governance processes where the Board has oversight and control of all the organisation's business (financial affairs, growth opportunities, partnerships etc)
    • Maintaining regular contact with the CEO between Board meetings and undertaking the CEO's annual appraisal

    Vice-Chair: We are also keen to recruit to the role of Vice Chair. This is a new position on our Board and aims to provide support and assistance to the Chair, CEO and Board. The Vice Chair will deputise for the Chair and will have lead responsibility for the annual appraisal of the Chair of Trustees on behalf of the Board.

    We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board of Trustees and welcome applications from all sections of the community. These are very rewarding roles and in return for your commitment and time we offer training and reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

    For more information and an application pack, please contact Angela Kerr, CEO: or phone 01935 847 661

    An informal information event for prospective applicants will be held on: 22nd August from 5.00pm in our Yeovil offices. Interviews will take place on the 3rd September 2019

    For information about our organisation visit:

    Charity number: 1054134, Company number: 3173414

    Citizens Advice South Somerset