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Come and join our Board of Directors

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of women and children?

Do you have expertise in any of the below and a belief that your skills will contribute to the strong and effective governance of a medium-sized charity?

  • Communications, Marketing & Fundraising
  • Knowledge of the UK Criminal Justice System
  • Senior management / Transformation / HR

Then please read on and apply! We are looking to appoint up to 4 new Trustees to the Board.

Advance is a nationally recognised women's charity based in London working to support and empower women experiencing domestic abuse to be safe and those with short-term sentences to reduce re-offending and stop families breaking up. Established in 1998, we provide practical and emotional support to women and their children, through services based at our Hammersmith offices and at co-located offices across over 20 London boroughs.

From the Domestic Abuse Bill to the #MeToo movement to the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown, never before have women experiencing abuse been so centrally in the public eye. And while these discussions about women have been raging, our work with them continues. We support over 9,000 women and their children every year.

We work in partnership with agencies in a coordinated community response, including local authorities, Family and Children's Services, the Police, Health Services, Probation Services, Magistrates and Crown Courts and other service providers.

This is an exciting opportunity for a trustee to join our experienced and committed Board.

You will join a dedicated and skilled group of 10 Trustees and support the charity through a significant period of growth. Our staff team now includes over 80 skilled and passionate women across our programmes in London and we run two women's' centres in London.

As part of the Board, you will be responsible for the governance, strategic direction and sustainability of the organisation alongside a highly committed and welcoming team. Your commitment will extend to:

  1. Board of Trustees meetings 4 times / year (Evenings)
  2. Contribute to the work of 4 x sub-committee / year (Evenings)
  3. Ad hoc availability as matters arise (by telephone)
  4. Participate in 1 strategy away day 1 / year (Saturday)
  5. Commit to the Board of Trustees for at least 2 years

This is a voluntary, unpaid appointment, although reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


Any interested applicants can email us at and we will send you an application pack or alternatively, you can find it at

Please email completed forms together with your CV to, Christine Losecaat MBE, Chair at

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 10 August 2020 via Zoom with the first Board meeting scheduled for 22 September 2020 from 17:00.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and aims to have a board of trustees that reflects the communities we work with. We particularly encourage applications from people with disabilities, from people who are Black or Asian or another minority ethnic background and from the LGBT community. Advance is a registered charity (Number 1086873)

Closing date for applications: 30 July 2020

Interviews: w/c 10 August 2020 via Zoom

You can find more information on our website, where you can also find our latest Annual Report