Vacancies

Trustee vacancies – would you like to help shape our future?

Many people in our city are really struggling to make ends meet.  Right now, some are having to choose between paying bills and feeding themselves and their children.  Many are finding it hard to pay essential bills, like gas and electricity.  They may have a disability, be in low-paid insecure jobs or be caring for a relative.  They may have experienced a crisis.  They might be just like you.

Coventry Independent Advice Service provides independent, community-based advice, across the city.  Every weekday, we offer ‘drop-in’ sessions across the city for advice on debt and welfare benefits.  We also offer appointments for more complicated or time-consuming matters. We currently work in 10 Coventry neighbourhoods, offering our service from local venues including Family Hubs, libraries and community centres.

Trustees help to shape the future of our charity.  The people we help come from a range of backgrounds. We are therefore keen to ensure our charity trustees reflect the diversity of our city and bring a wide range of skills and experience to our board. We need our board to think creatively and be innovative. We believe that having a diverse board will improve our decision-making processes.

We are looking for new trustees who share our vision and desire to help people solve their problems, to address poverty and increase equality in the city.  As a trustee, you will be a member of the board who help guide and support the charity to deliver our strategic plan.

We are particularly looking for people whose background, experience or career path will bring something extra to our board. We particularly welcome applicants from people in the city who are currently under-represented among our trustees, including young people, people from black and minority ethnic communities, from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community.

Trustees are not paid for their work but will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.  The annual commitment will be around 4-6 meetings a year plus a board strategy event.  There will be other opportunities to engage if you want to offer more!  Induction and ongoing support is available.

If you share our enthusiasm and want to help shape our future, we would love to hear from you!

For an initial informal discussion about the role, please contact Alan Markey, Director of Service, on 024 76521100 or email alan.markey@covadvice.org.uk

If you are ready to apply, you can download the Trustee Application Form using the link below. Please return the form by email to alan.markey@covadvice.org.uk