Finance Trustee

Would you like to join our Trustee Board?

Chailey Heritage Foundation has been changing the lives of young people with disabilities since 1903. Today, we are one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young people with complex neurodisabilities, supporting 270 young people across all our services. We have a special school (including boarding facilities), as well as a wide range of residential and day services for young adults. Over 430 staff and 60 volunteers help every day to deliver our mission that each young person should have every opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what the challenges.

Following the recent retirement of one of our Trustees, we are now looking to appoint a new Trustee who has experience in finance; any additional experience in investment management would be helpful but not necessary.

The Charity has a highly experienced and engaged Trustee Board and you will play a vital role in governance and shaping the strategic direction of the Charity. The Board meets in East Sussex four times a year (usually February, April, July and December) plus one strategic planning day. We would also expect a new Trustee to join a sub-committee and, in this case, it would be our Trustees’ Finance Committee. This sub-committee meets five times per year (some meetings can be up to four hours) has responsibility for:

• annual budget setting and three year forward planning for the Charity

• overseeing and presentation of the Annual Report & Accounts to the Board

• monitoring the Charity's financial performance and cash flow

• financial risks

• the Charity's assets and reserves

• approval of financial policies and procedures

• procurement and oversight of financial services (audit, investment management and banking)

• oversight of insurances.

The Charity has an experienced Finance Director, who reports directly to the Chief Executive and to the Trustees’ Finance Sub-Committee. We are seeking someone to join our Board who is able to commit the time and energy to help our Charity pursue its next phase of development. We are particularly interested in strong team players.

Our Boards benefit from people with a diverse blend of skills, perspectives and life experiences. In appointing our new Trustees, we will be taking into account personal profile, including individual protected characteristics, skills and experiences.

As part of our commitment to transparency, we have a formal application process for all Trustee appointments. An enhanced DBS check will also be required.

This is a voluntary position but reasonable out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed if required.

If you would like an informal conversation with our Chief Executive, Helen Hewitt, (which we highly encourage) please contact Fiona Duff 01825 724444 ext 706 or

Our latest Annual Report & Accounts can be found here:

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