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Hastings, East Sussex (GB)
0.00 - This is an unpaid Trustee role
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Charity and not for profit, Social justice
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

About ESRA

We help people in East Sussex to live free from addiction and follow an abstinence base programme. Our recovery hub is run by staff with lived experience and volunteers, most of who are in recovery themselves. We provide a range of health and well-being services that are inclusive, accessible, and responsive to the needs of local people in recovery.

The Chair will play a key role in the strategic direction of ESRA and support the Board with their leadership skills.


What will you be doing?

The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Management Team to account for ESRA’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each Trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity.

The Chair will also support the CEO and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely to achieve agreed objectives.

Main Responsibilities of the Chair

  • Strategic leadership
  • Governance
  • External Relations
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Relationship with the CEO

Please request a copy of the candidate pack for a full list of responsibilities


What are we looking for?

We are interested in an individual who brings the following: 

  • Have commitment to the mission and values of ESRA
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to motivate a team
  • Show willingness to devote the necessary time and effort for the role
  • Strong inter-personal, networking and relationship building abilities
  • Someone with existing charity experience, for example either on a charity Board, or a CEO of a charity
  • Experience of working in drug and alcohol services is desirable

We warmly welcome candidates from a range of cultures, backgrounds, contexts, ages and experience. We would also love to hear from candidates with lived experience of addiction. We strongly value the contribution that people with these characteristics will bring to our Board discussions.


What difference will you make?

This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to help ensure that the charity continues to provide its valuable services, to empower people in East Sussex to live free from addiction.


Time Commitment and Location

  • The Board currently meets quarterly
  • There is an away day once a year
  • Ad hoc communication in between Board meetings with the CEO
  • This can be a hybrid role, so the new Chair doesn’t necessarily need to be based in Hastings


Before you apply

The TrusteeWorks Team at Reach Volunteering are supporting ESRA with their Trustee recruitment.

Applications should be made via TrusteeWorks in the first instance.

To apply please send your CV/LinkedIn profile along with a supporting statement explaining why you are interested in the role, the skills and experience you will bring to the Board and what you would hope to get out of the role.

Please send enquiries to:

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