SAMSN NED & Chair Recruitment

Board Direction, on behalf of SAMSN - Australia’s leading organisation for male survivors of child sexual abuse and their supporters - is recruiting up to three new NEDs.​

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) was founded in 2011 by a small group of male survivors, who were searching for a support group to meet other male survivors and deal with the effects of child sexual abuse on their lives. Unable to find such a group, they started SAMSN. Today it is led by an experienced and passionate board and CEO.

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Why this role

SAMSN have seen an increase in scope and scale of the services they provide along with their geographic reach with new services being established and new senior staff engaged to complement an established CEO. They are now at a junction where new board members are required to support the further national growth which is on the table but also a need to stabilise and bed down and build new governance processes and policies. 

Great opportunities exist to be part of a passionate and experienced board overseeing a well resourced and financially healthy organisation. It’s an awesome opportunity to work with amazing professional people who recognise that there is so much more for SAMSN to do and achieve.

Person Specification

We are recruiting up to three Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) – one of whom might transition to Chair in the future. The successful candidates are likely to be able to demonstrate their success against the following criteria:

  1. Passion & Fit: Care. Thought. Heart. Tell us why this opportunity appeals to you. Evidence of being passionate about recovery and support and/or the community health/mental health sector including any lived experience or exposure to the issues addressed by SAMSN in the community. (This is the most important part of your application.)
  2. Governance: Prior governance experience is desirable but not essential – having been a Non-Executive Director (NED) before is not a prerequisite.
  3. Skills and Experience:
    • Finance/Accounting experience (being a qualified accountant is desirable but not essential), OR
    • Business acumen, OR
    • Fundraising, Communication and/or Marketing, OR 
    • Clinical expertise.

4. Networks and connections: With government, business or the health services sectors. (Ideally, with high-level contacts and influential people within government and/or relevant community and industry bodies)

5. Additional Information: Please provide any additional information that might support your ability to contribute including any information about working with small boards or in/with the Not for Profit/For Purpose sector.

6. Chair: One of the successful candidates may be considered to be appointed as Chair in the future. Please indicate whether you would consider becoming Chair and if so describe your NED experience – essential for the successful candidate.

Diversity: Both male and female candidates are equally encouraged to apply (the current Chair is a female).

Location & Remuneration & Timings

Board Meetings: Six times a year. 4 x in person in Sydney (City & Parramatta), with the remaining meetings held via Zoom.

Candidate Location: Candidates will ideally be Sydney-based (particularly to be considered for the role of Chair) – though applications will be considered from all Australian-based NED candidates.

Remuneration: This is a voluntary role though potentially remunerated in the future (reflecting how serious SAMSN takes board governance). Expenses will be paid where appropriate.

Timings: (as a guide)

  • Applications close: Monday 20th May 2024 (late applications may be accepted)
  • Applications reviewed w/c 27th May
  • Successful candidates contacted w/c 3rd June
  • Short-listed candidate interviews conducted w/c 17th June.
  • Feedback offered to all candidates late June


Please complete the form below and attach your NED CV.

Applications for this role has now closed. Late application may be accepted, to confirm please email ua.mo1716750540c.noi1716750540tceri1716750540ddrao1716750540b@tca1716750540tnoc1716750540.