Job description

Our friendly team are looking for trustees for our counselling charity!

Do you have professional experience in finance, marketing, strategy, or HR? Can you help guide the charity towards fulfilling our goals and annual plans?

If so we'd love you to join our team of trustees, helping strategically guide and advise our organisation.

This is a great opportunity to give something back and to add to your CV.

We’re working remotely and hosting trustee meetings through Zoom. So you can join us from anywhere in the country.

Why not come and join us?

About SBC - South Bucks Counselling

South Bucks Counselling is a charity which has been practising in the heart of High Wycombe for over 30 years.

Many of us experience times during our life when we are feeling emotionally challenged. We struggle to cope and to make sense of our emotions and feelings. This might be triggered by grief, stress, relationship changes, anxiety or a number of other factors. Talking to someone about how we think and feel is important to finding the route through to rebalancing our minds.

We care about the work that we do and make sure that the service we offer is right for our clients delivered by the right people. Evidence has proven the relationship with a client’s counsellor is the key to success. We have a team of practitioners, and we will carefully select the therapist to suit the client's needs. This will provide the foundations for counselling.

What are we looking for?

Trustees attend between 6-10 meetings annually and work as a team to guide and direct the charity. With our adoption of virtual meetings, you can be anywhere with a strong internet connection.

The trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, developing and supporting the organisations aims while ensuring we meet our legal and ethical obligations.

Ensuring the charity carries out our purpose for the public benefit
Ensuring compliance with the charity’s governing document and the law
Act in the charity’s best interests
Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
Act with reasonable care and skill
Ensure the charity is accountable

Key Requirements

A commitment to the purpose and goals of South Bucks Counselling
Integrity and honesty in all dealings with and on behalf of the agency
A willingness to work with other trustees, staff, counsellors and key stakeholders
An understanding of and respect for the legal and regulatory framework in which we operate
A commitment to strict confidentiality within the trustees and organisation where appropriate


To help determine and progress the organisation towards our goals and purpose
To oversee sound management of our financial resources
To attend and actively participate in regular trustee meetings
To assist in recruitment for the organisation, performance management, and workforce planning
To advise and assist in financial decisions
To maintain strict confidentiality within the trustees and the organisation where appropriate
To provide candid and constructive criticism, advice, comments and praise
To help ensure adequate funding and financial performance to allow for the agency’s existence
To work with the other trustees to expand and grow the agency’s reach
To lead on areas such as safeguarding, fundraising, marketing where necessary
To support the Chair of Trustees

Practical Considerations

This is a volunteer role where expenses are not paid.


Ideally those with professional skills are recruited.

As per legal requirements you must be 18 or over to be a trustee.

You must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified (this includes those who are disqualified from being a company director, those who are bankrupt or have an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA), have an unspent conviction for certain offences, have been removed previous as a trustee from a charity, or who are on the sex offenders’ register).

An enhanced DBS check will need to be taken (at the charity’s expense) along with professional references.


Trustees meet 6-10 times a year, now using Zoom, generally for an evening or a weekend morning.

Accountable to

The Chair of Trustees.

Refreshed on: 23 February 2021
Closed date: 09 April 2021
Tags: Finance, Trustees