Independent Chair– Safe Spaces England and Wales (SSEW)

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The role of Independent Chair will be voluntary, though reasonable expenses will be paid (NCI expenses policy)

Are you looking for a new trustee/director level voluntary experience that will make a real difference to victims and survivors of abuse?

Do you have significant leadership experience at board level in the charity or third sector?

Do you have an interest and understanding of safeguarding?

If yes, Safe Spaces England and Wales (SSEW) is seeking an Independent Chairperson to join their board of directors and would like to hear from you.

The Independent Chairperson will provide leadership to the SSEW board, comprised of two directors from the Church of England, and two from the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The SSEW board will oversee the management of the contracted Safe Spaces service, an innovative new helpline for victims and survivors of church related abuse.

The Independent Chairperson will use their board-level governance experience to:

  • Provide a level of independent challenge and scrutiny to the directors of SSEW
  • Ensure that the directors act in accordance with their legal obligations including their duties as company directors
  • Ensure that the Board regularly reviews its major risks, and satisfies itself that systems are in place to manage and mitigate the risks
  • Ensure that all decisions taken at meetings are implemented in a timely way
  • Ensure the Board communicates effectively with key stakeholders and shareholders for the Safe Spaces service
  • Ensure that the Board fulfils its duties to ensure sound financial health of the company with systems in place to ensure financial accountability
  • Chair meetings of the Board of directors and Advisory Committee effectively, sensitively, and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision-making process (it is anticipated that these meetings will be held back to back for convenience)

Proposed interview date: 16th November 2020

More information about Safe Spaces England and Wales:

The Church of England and the Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) have come together to commission a new support service for victims and survivors of church related abuse, known as Safe Spaces. Victim Support, a national independent charity, has been contracted to deliver the service.

In order to ensure agile, arms-length oversight and decision-making in connection with the Safe Spaces contract, the Archbishops’ Council (Church of England) and CaTEW have formed a new charitable company, Safe Spaces England and Wales, to manage the contract.

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