Could you help us to create a better Surrey for everyone?

6th September 2022

NEW VOLUNTEER ROLES: Community Foundation for Surrey – Independent Trustees and Vice-Chair


We are recruiting up to three Trustees who are passionate about a fairer Surrey for all. You will bring your business/voluntary sector experience to help shape the future direction of the largest country-wide funder of the voluntary sector. You will be able to derive huge satisfaction from working with fellow Trustees and the Foundation’s staff to improve the lives of those in need in our county. As a result of your time with us, you will leave a positive lasting legacy.

We play a unique and trusted role in Surrey, bringing together those who can donate with the many wonderful charities in our county who are supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. Our vision is for a stronger, fairer Surrey enabling everyone to support organisations who are making a positive difference to our communities so that no one is left behind.

We award around £3M a year, and currently have an endowment of £15M, but over the next few years, we will need to significantly grow our giving if we are to meet the rapidly increasing levels of need within our communities as we face an economic crisis.

At this critical time in our development, we are looking for volunteer Trustees, including an additional Vice-Chair role, to help us to grow and develop the Foundation so that we can be sure we are making the best possible impact with the funds we are able to raise. The Trustee role is a voluntary position, although all travel costs will be covered.

We are particularly looking for Trustees who can help us to ensure that our Board is as diverse as the local communities that we serve, to bring together a range of opinions and lived experience on our Board.

In addition, we are seeking specific experience in:

  • IT/systems transformation
  • experience of working in the voluntary sector at CEO and/or Chair level in a small to medium-sized charity or CIC
  • representation from the north and west of Surrey.

You should be able to attend four daytime meetings (two-three hours each) per year and an annual Away Day (offices in Woking; all meetings are hybrid to support remote attendance). There are plenty of additional opportunities to visit funded projects and organisations, and each Trustee is expected to actively participate in a Board Sub-Committee (minimum two meetings per year). In this recruitment round we are specifically seeking someone to Chair our Funder Plus Sub-Committee which has oversight of our programme to match skilled volunteers to provide business skills to smaller voluntary sector organisations.

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term of office with the option to renew for a further two terms of three years.

Next steps

For a copy of the role description, please contact Application is by CV and covering email to the same email address. The application deadline is 30th September 2022.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Chief Executive, Community Foundation for Surrey (