Citizens Advice South West Surrey

Trustee with Citizens Advice South West Surrey- posted 16.11.2023


● complete an induction for your role
● maintain an awareness of how CASWS is operating
● read papers for board meetings and attend 4-6 meetings per year
● work on specific projects with other trustees or staff within CASWS to 
further the strategic objectives of CASWS
● take an active discussion during board meetings and work with other 
trustees to: 
- set policy and strategy direction, set targets and evaluate the performance 
- monitor the financial position of CASWS that it operates within its means 
and objectives, ensuring that there are clear 
- ensure that all the finances and supporting financial control systems of 
CASWS are in order including that full financial records are kept for all 
transactions, that money is only spent for the purpose given, and that 
proper financial controls are in place to safeguard the organisation’s 
- monitor the financial position of CASWS ensuring that it operates within 
its means and objectives, ensuring that there are clear lines of 
accountability for day to day financial management
- seek the views of all sections of the community and monitor how well the 
service meets the needs of the local community
- ensure that the service plans for the recruitment and turnover of staff and 
- review its own work and how effectively it operates including action for 
● be an active member of one of the sub-committees that support the 
board. The current sub-committees are Finance, HR and Governance and 
● be the Trustee lead in at least one of the Leadership portfolios that 
underpin the governance and oversight of CASWS

● make a positive impact for people in your local area by ensuring that 
CASWS is sustainable and meeting the needs of the community
● meet people and build relationships with trustees, staff and other 
● build on your governance, leadership and strategy skills
● increase your employability
And we’ll reimburse expenses too.
What do you need to have?
You don’t need specific qualifications or skills but you’ll need to:
● understand and accept the responsibilities and liabilities as trustees
● be non-judgmental and respect views, values and cultures that are 
different to your own
● have good listening, verbal and written communication skills
● be able to exercise good independent judgment
● preferably have governance experience at board level
● have good numeracy skills to understand accounts with the support of the 
● be willing to learn about and follow the Citizens Advice aims, principles 
and policies, including confidentiality and data protection
● be willing to undertake training in your role
How much time do you need to give?
Trustee boards usually meet in the afternoons or evenings and you’ll likely need 
to give approximately 15-20 hours per month and you may need to attend other 
meetings if you’re involved in specific projects, or meet with volunteers and staff 
occasionally within CASWS. We can be flexible about the time spent and how 
often you volunteer so come and talk to us.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and we particularly welcome 
applications from disabled people, people with physical or mental health 
conditions, LGBT+ and non-binary people, and people from Black Asian Minority 
Ethnic (BAME) communities.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee and would like to discuss flexibility 
around location, time, ‘what you will do’ and how we can support you please 
contact us. You can do this by filling in the on-line Application form.

Mission Statement

We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

We have a town centre location in Haydon Place, Guildford, offering a telephone,  and appointment service five days a week.

We use the information we gather carrying out this work to campaign for social justice, so that individuals do not suffer through a lack of knowledge or an inability to express them selves effectively.

We provide an increasingly vital front-line service for those in the greatest need in our local community.

The benefits of our work are not limited to improving our clients’ financial situation but also contribute to improving their health, reducing their stress and improving their confidence in dealing with their own problems.