About the organisation
Refugee Futures works with partners in Stockton-on-Tees to ensure local opportunities are accessible to refugees and people seeking asylum, and that they are able to maximise their abilities and connect with and feel included in the local community. Ultimately, we hope more people will opt to remain in Stockton once their status is secured.
We are a relatively new charity with a board of six trustees which leads the governance of the organisation, chaired by Peter Chapman and supported by the executive director, Heather Petch, OBE and a small, committed team of staff and volunteers.
For further information about our goals, what we believe in and what we do, plus a profile of existing trustees please click on the link below to access our Strategy 2022-25 v3.
About the role
We are actively seeking a Trustee Finance Lead to help us: deliver our mission and be a sustainable and trusted charity which manages the money it is entrusted with wisely; complies with relevant legal requirements; and, manages risk appropriately. For this role we are looking for someone with accounting or relevant financial expertise but training in the responsibilities of a charity trustee will be provided, if necessary.
All board members have responsibility for working together to ensure the charity’s resources are well managed, including its finances. We believe that we would benefit from have a trustee who is able and willing to support the board in its role of ensuring effective financial oversight.
We expect trustees to commit to one day of training and introductions (including online sessions you can undertake in your own time), attend Board meetings - six two-hour meetings a year plus one all-day meeting - and to give adequate time to prepare for these meetings, approximately 2 – 3 hours per meeting.
To access our latest annual accounts (2023/24) please click on the link below.
Our ideal candidate
Ideally, we’re looking for someone with good experience of charity finances, but we would also welcome anyone with accounting or financial expertise who is motivated to learn about charity finances and being a trustee, to get in touch. We will, where appropriate, provide access to training opportunities.
Whether you come with relevant personal/life experiences and/ or professional experience we are looking for people who are:
- Generous with their time
- Effective and responsive listeners
- Interested in cultural diversity
- Good team players
- Dependable (its important people turn up).
To be an effective board of trustees we also need some people with some of the following abilities:
- Forward thinking, able to identify issues to consider now in relation to future plans and trends.
- Longer-term thinkers with the strategic abilities to help Refugee Futures to prioritise, to maximise use of resources and be sustainable.
- Ability to thrive on organisational development and change.
- Practical, able to ask difficult questions to bring strategy and vision down-to-earth.
- Approachable qualities.
- Good communicators able to articulate the difference we make and positive narratives about people seeking asylum including via social media and report writing.
- Analytical thinkers and/or able to approach problems and issues from alternative perspectives.
- A positive attitude to learning, which is key to our development, collective decision-making and team work.
The Board is a welcoming group and we wish to build on its strengths, including a diverse range of life and work experience in the public sector, charities and other not for profit organisations, business, and also with lived experience of the immigration and asylum process.
What’s in it for you
You will make a big difference! By volunteering with us you will support Refugee Futures to continue to grow. Allowing us to welcome and connect refugees and people seeking asylum across Stockton and the wider Teesside area.
If you want to talk about the role please get in touch by email with Peter or Heather by 30 October 2023: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org OR phone Heather on 07549 413492 or Peter on 07734 424192. We will call you back within 48 hours!
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