Do you have expertise and skills in finance, commerce or the legal profession? You might be an experienced accountant or finance specialist, a lawyer, or someone with experience of SMEs or corporates in the commercial sector. Most importantly, do you have a commitment to ending violence against women and children? Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid is recruiting new Trustees, and we are especially keen to hear from women with finance, commercial or legal backgrounds.

In challenging times for charities, could you help us secure long term financial viability and sustainability so that we can continue to provide vital services to women and children affected by domestic violence, FGM, forced marriage and honour based violence?

New Trustees would serve on the BSWA Board; the Board is supported by a Finance and Audit Committee, and we are hoping to recruit a Trustee who may be a successor for the current Committee Chair.

The duties of a Trustee are:

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e. memorandum and articles of association), charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
  • In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions.  In practice this can involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, and providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or on other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.

Trustee Person Specification

  • A commitment to the organisation and its values
  • A willingness to devote necessary time and effort required for the role
  • An understanding of strategy and the importance of a strategic vision
  • The ability to exercise independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

The Board of Trustees are individually and collectively responsible for the overall governance of the charity, including its financial health.

For at least one Trustee role we are looking for someone with qualifications and experience in accountancy (ACCA, CIMA, ACT), treasury management, banking, book-keeping, or financial services.

Applications are particularly welcome from women from Black Minority Ethnic Groups and women who are representatives of the diverse community of Birmingham and Solihull. This post is applicable to women only: Section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act applies.

For further details of the role and how to apply, or to arrange an informal conversation please contact To learn more about Women’s Aid visit our About Us page.