We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1087481) and a company limited by guarantee (no 3895635). Our registered address is Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

We were founded in 1998 as the Brighton and Hove Community and Voluntary Sector Forum (CVSF). We are governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association (PDF)


Our trustee board

Of our 14 trustees, 10 are elected from our membership and 4 are co-opted by the board to ensure that they have the right mix of skills and experience to do their work.

Trustees retire by rotation at our annual general meeting (AGM). Trustees serve a maximum of six years service. The board elects three honorary officers every year. A Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer. The board meets quarterly and provides leadership, strategic direction and accountability.

The trustee board appoints three sub-committees to support its work:

  • Finance and Risk Sub-Committee
  • Personnel and Equality Sub-Committee
  • Strategic Development Sub-Committee

If you have any questions about our governance arrangements, get in touch with our Chief Executive and Company Secretary, Sally Polanski, on or 01273 234032



Feedback from the board's last meeting

After every board meeting one of our trustees writes a news post on what happened at the meeting:



We are committed to providing high-quality, accessible services. If you are unhappy with a service we’ve provided, we want to hear from you. Without your feedback we cannot improve.

To feedback get in touch with our Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Sumner, on or 01273 234032

Before making a formal complaint, please first read our Complaints Policy (PDF)