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Current Vacancies


Are you an experienced leader or charity Trustee?


Are you knowledgeable about the voluntary sector or criminal justice?


Do you want to make a difference?


This is an exciting time for Sussex Pathways and now time to update our current Board of Trustees with a new Chair. We have a dynamic and motivated Board, a great leadership team and enthusiastic and committed staff and volunteers. Our current Chair is due to stand down in August 2024 after many years on the Board and as Chair, so we now need a new Chair who can lead us and act as line manager to the CEO.

If you are interested in wanting to make a real difference to people’s lives and to the community, and in helping us as we develop and expand, we would like to hear from you! 

The Organisation:

Sussex Pathways is a criminal justice charity based in Lewes, East Sussex. It works within prisons and the local community with the aim of reducing offending behaviours and empowering ex-offenders to make positive life choices.


The charity was founded in November 2008 in HMP Lewes in response to recognition that offenders were being released from prison back into the community with little support, and were often therefore reoffending and returning to custody within a short space of time.


From 2009, Sussex Pathways began taking on Postgraduate Social Work students each year as part of their final course placement, something which is now an integral part of the charity and its work. The charity has grown considerably since its establishment, adding full and part-time staff and a wide range of volunteers as it has taken on new projects.


In 2010 the charity was awarded a three-year grant from the National Lottery, which coincided with the setting up of its dedicated office space within HMP Lewes. Further grant funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation and a range of other funders has helped the charity to continue to grow.

In 2014 we became part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (SRJP), a hugely beneficial scheme bringing offenders and their victims together to achieve closure after crime.  We continue to be funded by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to deliver Restorative Justice within the bounds of the SRJP in HMP Lewes and across Sussex.


In addition to its initial work supporting those due to be released from HMP Lewes, Sussex Pathways also now delivers interventions and support work to female offenders and supports men leaving HMP Ford in West Sussex and HMP Rochester in Kent.



The Role

We are now looking for a new Chair of Trustees to lead our Board in making strategic decisions to support and develop the work of the charity.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced leader to bring their charity or commercial experience and leadership skills to support the Board and the leadership team to ensure our organisation can continue meeting the increasing demand for our services.

Working with our diverse and experienced team of existing Trustees, this is an opportunity to shape our culture, strengthen our capacity and increase our impact. With growth in mind, we are particularly interested in applicants with demonstrated experienced of supporting a charity or organisation through a process of change, or with the ability and skills to support this.


The next phase of Sussex Pathways’ development will seek to focus on areas including:


  • Developing the Board’s capability as we enhance our existing governance framework, with a focus on financial control and risk reporting.

  • Supporting the Board in reviewing and building its collective capability through a baseline review, capability gap analysis and subsequent work.

  • Ensuring a focus on all planned or future activity is linked to the charity’s governing document and main aims.

Knowledge of UK charity governance is desirable, as is awareness of criminal justice or social development issues, but more essential is previous experience as a senior leader in any field.  We are keen to hear from those with a record of developing organisations and who can demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and service users.

What Will You be Doing?

Provide leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees in order that the the Board can fulfil its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of Sussex Pathways.


Ensure that Sussex Pathways pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document, charity law, and other relevant legislation/applicable regulations.


Work with the Board of Trustees to support the staff and volunteers, ensuring that the organisation adheres to its core values.


Lead by example to enable the Board of Trustees to practice collaborative, informed, carefully considered, strategic decision making in order to deliver outcomes and continually develop the charity.


We welcome all applications, and we understand the importance of having a diverse board, representative of the communities impacted by criminal justice.


For more information about the role, person specification and how to apply please read our applicant pack.  Recruitment Pack.docx 

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