Legal Trustee

Legal Trustee

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal


Redhill, RH11RJ
Mainly at home, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? 30


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week, 3-7 hours / week or 7-15 hours / week
Minimum of 6 Trustee Meetings a year, one day per month to deliver on projects linked to specialism, ad hoc events and meetings such as away days

Are you passionate about ending domestic abuse and social injustice? Can you help ESDAS not only to sustain its current life saving services but also to thrive in a challenging world?

What will you be doing?

We are looking for a courageous, committed and innovative individual who wants to play their part in ending the social injustice of domestic abuse and violence. The right person will join a board of like-minded people who each bring their  experience and expertise to their Trustee role.

Trustees' 6 main duties

  • Ensure ESDAS is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
  • Comply with ESDAS's governing document and the law. 
  • Act in ESDAS's best interests. 
  • Manage ESDAS's resources responsibly.
  • Act with reasonable care and skill.
  • Ensure ESDAS is accountable.

You will also be responsible for scrutinising board papers, leading discussions on your portfolio of responsibility, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which you have legal expertise.

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment and we want our Trustee Board to be reflective of the community we serve. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

What are we looking for?

If you're passionate about helping adults and children who are or have experienced domestic abuse and violence, can empathise with the challenges facing our client group and would enjoy a trustee role that is likely to broaden your horizons, we'd love to hear from you. As well as an interest in charity governance and/or a knowledge of working with or supporting people experiencing domestic abuse; we are looking for Trustees who are able to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the organisation as we progress though our next phase of development.

We are looking for trustees who can offer new insights and solutions that will contribute to the further development and direction of our organisation. We are particularly interested in a trustee with legal expertise who will undertake a lead role for the Board on all matters associated with the legal aspects of the organisation.

What difference will you make?

ESDAS takes a strengths-based, needs-led, trauma-informed approach for supporting women to build resilience and foster independence. Many of our staff, volunteer and Trustee team are experts by experience and all are driven by the belief that abuse is not and should not be accepted as inevitable. Founded in 1993 ESDAS has a proven track record of delivering high quality life saving services to survivors and our work has achieved both local and national recognition.

To fully understand the work we do please take a moment to watch this short film – the content can be challenging to watch but it shows you the reality of what we do at ESDAS

What's in it for the volunteer?

What you will gain from this role:

  • Opportunity to actively contribute to alleviating the suffering and harm caused by perpetrators of abuse. 
  • Opportunity to work with our small but innovative Trustee team to develop and shape the future ESDAS Strategy and plans.
  • Opportunity to work closely with the Board of Trustees and gain an insight into charity governance.
  • Experience in using your creativity and expertise to help others recover and thrive.
  • Working with a diverse and motivated team of volunteers and Trustees.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable expenses

Before you apply

Please email your CV or Linkedin Profile, along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work with the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information to: For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact the TrusteeWorks team to arrange a call with the organisation.
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Men
  • Women
  • East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services is an independent charity providing outreach and associated services in the borough of Reigate & Banstead and the...