Clergy Support Trust, formerly known as Sons & Friends of the Clergy, is a charity with a rich heritage, contemporary outlook and highly dedicated team of trustees and staff. Established in 1655 and governed by a Royal Charter from Charles II, we are one of the oldest Anglican clergy support charities, and now certainly the biggest. We provide financial grants and other support to serving and retired Anglican clergy, ordinands and clergy families, where there is particular hardship or need, whether financial or health-related. In 2019 we gave out over 1,600 grants totalling some £3.1 million.
We are actively looking for new trustees to join our board, known under the Royal Charter as the Court of Assistants. This is an exciting time, as we relaunched our charity in March 2019 with a bold and inclusive new brand and an ambitious four-year strategy aimed at making our grant-making more focused and doubling the number of clergy families which we help. The re-brand exceeded our expectations, and already we saw a two-thirds increase in the number of beneficiary households helped in 2019.
Having conducted a review of the current skills, expertise and demographic mix within the board, trustees are particularly keen to improve its diversity. They would therefore be glad to receive applications from candidates from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background and from women. They have further agreed to prioritise the recruitment of new trustees with expertise in the area of investment (essential) and law (desirable).
We are seeking people who are proven leaders within their field, who have strategic acumen and the ability to see the bigger picture. They will need to be excellent communicators with highly effective interpersonal and influencing skills, sound and independent judgement, and the ability to think creatively. Candidates will need to share our deep commitment to the wellbeing of Anglican clergy families, without necessarily being Anglican themselves.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please visit our website where you can find out more information. Please also download below our candidate brief, which gives details on how to apply, together with our 2019-22 strategy document.
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