About Emmaus Brighton & Hove

We know that overcoming homelessness often means more than a roof over your head. That’s why Emmaus supports people to work their way out of homelessness, provides purpose as well as a stable home for as long as someone needs it. In the past 21 years Emmaus Brighton & Hove has provided a unique solution to combatting homelessness to over 1,000 Companions (residents) many of whom have complex needs. We continue to grow, evolve and develop the Emmaus Community yet face many challenges. Emmaus Brighton & Hove is one of 29 Communities in the UK and part of a worldwide movement.

The role

To provide oversight, governance and guidance to the Board of Trustees and support the executive leadership team in the strategic development of the charity. This is an exciting opportunity to join the board of an ambitious and innovative charity through delivery of its strategic plan from 2020 onwards.

What we’re looking for

  • Commitment to the vision and values of the Emmaus movement
  • Commitment to the development strategy of Emmaus Brighton & Hove
  • Strategic vision
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A strong understanding and commitment to overcoming the many challenges of homelessness

With particular skills in the following fields

  • Legal
  • Multi-site retail/enterprise/online shopping
  • Change management
  • IT/marketing/social media strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Historic buildings/planning/architect/building services
  • Social care/alcohol, substance misuse/support services

Time commitment

This is a voluntary, unpaid role (reasonable travel expenses will be paid). Each year you will commit to:

  • Attending 5 board meetings and AGM
  • Attending up to 10 committee meetings
  • Additional time commitments which may be necessary to fulfill the role as a Trustee


Emmaus Brighton & Hove, Drove Road Portslade East Sussex BN41 2PA.

For more details on Emmaus www.emmausbrighton.co.uk  and www.emmaus.org.uk

To apply

Please see the attached papers outlining the person specification and duties. To apply please send your CV and a supporting statement to Glynn Jones, Chair of Trustees, care of: christine@emmausbrighton.co.uk

Please mark the subject heading Trustee application.


Emmaus Brighton & Hove

Trustee – Person Specification

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Can demonstrate experience of working at a strategic vision level
  • Evidence of demonstrating good, independent judgment
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and

           liabilities of trusteeship

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Can demonstrate application of Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and  leadership
  • Can demonstrate leadership skills
  • Experience of committee work
  • Evidence of applying tact and diplomacy
  • Evidence of good communication and interpersonal skills