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Treasurer Grace Eyre

Join our Board as a Treasurer and play a key role in supporting people who have learning disabilities and/ or autism to live the lives they want across Sussex and London.

  • Location: Home-based with some travel in Brighton & Hove
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 12 p.m. Tuesday 7th May

Who we are looking for.

Grace Eyre is looking for a qualified Treasurer / Finance Trustee to join their Board of Trustees. With an accountancy qualification or qualified by experience, ideally, we seek an individual with experience in capital build financing and monitoring — alongside experience in charity finance and accounting.

Having knowledge and experience in adult social care, learning disabilities/autism, or housing would be beneficial, but we welcome applicants from all sectors to bring broad perspective and financial acumen.

We also welcome applicants from minority and ethnic communities who are underrepresented on the Board. We value diverse perspectives from the widest possible range of backgrounds.


Grace Eyre Trustees are responsible for the Code of Conduct:

  • Act within the governing document and the law,
  • Act in the best interest of Grace Eyre as a whole,
  • Manage conflicts of interest effectively,
  • Respect confidentiality,
  • Have a sound and up-to-date knowledge of Grace Eyre and its environment,
  • Attend meetings and other appointments or give apologies,
  • Prepare fully for meetings and all work for Grace Eyre,
  • Actively engage in discussion, debate and voting in meetings,
  • Acting jointly and accept a majority decision,
  • Work considerately and respectfully with all.

Time commitment

The Board of Trustees hold 6 meetings a year. Each meeting requires 3 hours with reading time. The Treasurer would also Chair the Audit and Risk Committee.

  • Audit and Risk Committee – meet 3 times a year.
  • Remuneration Committee – meet once a year.
  • Big Build Committee – currently meet 6 times a year with occasional attendance by the Treasurer.

Trustees are also welcome to attend one of the many events and internal team meetings.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rachel Davies

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Welcome from the Chair

Liv Corbishley - Professional Portraits and Headshots by Andreea Tufescu Photography

Thank you for your interest and taking the time to look more closely at the opportunity to join the Grace Eyre Board of Trustees on a voluntary basis.

The charity has a rich history dating back to 1898, founded by female social care pioneer Grace Eyre Woodhead. Today, we support over 600+ individuals and their families across Sussex and parts of London with a turnover of more than £9 million.

It is an important organisation providing essential services to people with learning disabilities and autism at a time of cuts to social care.

We are a trusted, high-quality service that provides housing to supported living, supports work and travel and enables strong relationships. We also campaign and protect human rights.

The level of enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment from our staff is clear, as it is visible at every level of the organisation — along with the energy and passion the people who use the services feel towards Grace Eyre.

We want to be user-led, ensuring our services and organisation is shaped by those we serve; our Charter is a vital thread in all we do.

We are proud that colleagues with lived experience sit as Trustees on the Board and Committees. It is truly an inspiring environment and one, as a Board, we are honoured to be a part of.

We have much to achieve in the coming years to ensure we continue delivering Our Plan 2020-2027, including income diversification, refurbishing our headquarters (Big Build project), and providing our services to many more people.

Therefore, we are seeking applicants who are dedicated to drive forward our plans and can demonstrate their success and leadership within finance.

It is a very exciting and challenging time as we navigate towards making the Big Build a reality and safeguarding the charity and day-to-day activity, so we are seeking an individual with professional expertise to be our Treasurer.

As a charity committed to increasing our diversity, equality, and inclusion, we welcome applicants who are underrepresented on the Board. We value diverse perspectives from the widest possible range of backgrounds.

I hope that you will seriously consider joining the Board of Trustees and becoming part of our journey.

Liv Corbishley

About us

The Grace Eyre Foundation is one of the oldest charities in Brighton & Hove. We were founded by social care pioneer, Grace Eyre Woodhead, in 1898.

We campaign for people who have learning disabilities and/or autism to live the lives they want, and this is something we are serious about.

We offer a range of specialist services and solutions to enable access to better housing, care, support and employment opportunities.

Our vision

Grace Eyre’s vision is for a society where people with learning disabilities and autism can fulfil their dreams and wishes, are respected as equal citizens, and are part of, and contribute to, their communities.

Our mission

Grace Eyre’s mission is to deliver our Charter created by people with learning disabilities and/or autism who want: to be listened to; have access to housing; be part of their community; have strong and supported relationships; have jobs; travel around; try new things and to be healthy.

Our values

Our organisational values are a shared set of standards that everyone at Grace Eyre can aspire to and help us to bring our vision, mission, Charter and our plan to life.

Our values are:

  • Welcoming – everyone invited
  • Encouraging – in it together
  • Pioneering – aiming high
  • Joyful – having fun
  • Celebratory – sharing success

We are leaders in Supported Living and Shared Lives services and support people to lead enriched and active lives in the community through our activities and project delivery.

We are always looking for innovative opportunities and partners to enhance our work and outcomes in supporting people’s choices and ability to live independent lives.

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    Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Tuesday 7th May 2024
    First interviews: Monday 13th May 2024
    Second interviews: Friday 17th May 2024 or Monday 20th May 2024

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