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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 27th August 2021

  • Advertised from 26th July 2021


Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis provides support and advocacy services to women and girls from age 13 years who are survivors of any form of sexual violence, abuse or sexual exploitation, no matter when this has happened in their lives. We are part of a national network of rape crisis centres and connect with a range of partnerships locally and nationally to both deliver services, and to influence policy and practice in this area. Our funding comes from a range of central and local government funds and, to a lesser extent, some trusts and grants.

We believe in a gendered definition of violence against women and girls, this is reflected in our work and in all our policies and protocols. As well as our core support project, and helpline, the charity delivers a range of discrete services including prevention and education work. We have specific programmes for BAME women, and also provide support for women as they engage in the criminal justice system.

We are currently recruiting new Board Members.

We are an ambitious, forward-thinking organisation and our posts are open to women only applicants as we are a woman only service, covered by the occupational requirement exemption under the Equality Act 2010.

We are looking for Board Members with a range of skills who can fully articulate our values, and our fundamental belief that violence against women and girls has at its root, the unjust imbalance of power between men and women, and that this reflects deep rooted and structural inequality in our society.

To support us in achieving our ambitions and as part of our focus on succession planning, we are now looking for enthusiastic and committed women, who share our passion for the community, to join our Board.

As a Board member at GCRC you will be part of a team that is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation together with ultimate control of corporate governance and financial management. In this role you will also help shape the future of the services we provide for survivors. The Board works closely with the Director and the senior management team in setting and achieving the organisations aims and objectives.

This is a great time to join our Board in its next period of change and transformation, necessitated by the learning from the pandemic, and the conclusions of an organisational review last year. You will join us at a time when we have just recruited a new Director and have had the benefit of some interim leadership support, we are now working to reset our strategy, and our approach to services.

The role offers you the opportunity to lead on the strategic direction of a growing organisation, playing a key role in delivering high quality services to survivors, defining goals and targets, and working with our team to scrutinise our performance.

We would welcome applications from women who have skills and knowledge in one or more of the following:

• share our values and the values of the Women’s sector.

• have a genuine commitment to strengthening our local communities.

• have specific experience of finance, health and safety, politics and public policy in Scotland, digital services, strategy development, experience of Human Resources or PR.

• have the confidence and ability to question and challenge effectively.

• have a good understanding of governance and the roles and responsibilities of being a board member.

Board members learn new skills around governance, finance, and strategic planning. Being a Board member can be a rewarding and enriching experience. This role will provide you with the opportunity for personal and professional development. At GCRC, you will learn about the wide range of activities undertaken within a progressive, service focused organisation operating within the Women’s sector, and you will be able to use and develop a wide range of skills, knowledge, and experience.

This is a voluntary unpaid position however appropriate expenses can be paid in line with our Expenses Policy. In terms of time commitment, you would be expected to prepare for, attend and contribute to Board meetings (held Six times a year); ad-hoc sub committees/meetings; have the option to attend an annual Group Strategy event and take part in training sessions. We value commitment and experience as much as qualifications and all Board members will receive a comprehensive induction together with ongoing training and support to assist them with this challenging and rewarding role. Board meetings are currently conducted remotely using Zoom.

Application notes

Applicants are invited to submit a CV of no more than 2 pages, and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, setting out why you want to join us, and how you meet the Job Description. These should be sent to Claire Gilfillan, by Friday 27 August 2021.