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About the organisation

The Equality Trust (TET) is the national charity that campaigns to improve the quality of life in the UK by dismantling structural inequalities of income, wealth and power. Our vision is of a more equal society, where everyone can live in dignity, with a good quality of life, able to reach their full potential. The need for effective, evidence-based and co-produced solutions to dismantle structural inequalities has never been clearer. We are working at national and local levels, across grassroots groups and decision makers, with Trade Unions and businesses, academics and third sector partners to achieve this shared vision.

About the role

TET is a charity and a company limited by guarantee and is run by a Board of Trustees (who are also the company directors). The Board normally meets four times a year, with additional quarterly meetings for both the Finance subcommittee and Fundraising subcommittee. Board meetings are a mix of in-person and online, while all subcommittee meetings take place online.  The Treasurer role is voluntary with reimbursement for expenses.

 

The Treasurer will

  • Chair the quarterly Finance committee, providing oversight and challenge
  • Keep all trustees informed about the financial performance of The Equality Trust
  • Monitor the strategic management of The Equality Trust's finances
  • Support the co-Executive Directors to plan annual budgets and monitor performance quarterly through externally prepared management accounts
  • Ensure that the charity is fulfilling statutory financial reporting obligations with the Charity Commission and Companies House
  • Oversee the appointment of the Independent Examiner, and liase as required during the preparation of the year end accounts (Jan - Dec financial year)
  • Liase with external accountant on management and year end accounts as appropriate
  • Act as a countersignatory on bank accounts (not as part of day-to-day operations)

 

In addition to the Board meetings outlined above, two Trustees sit on the Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee for The Equality Trust’s recognised staff union, the IWGB. Depending on your interest and experience, you may be invited to join that committee.

 

All Trustee terms are for three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term. For the Chair role, an individual can only serve as Chair for a maximum of two terms.

Our ideal candidate

The qualities we seek in all of our trustees are:

  • Passionate about the aims of TET and keen to contribute to our work
  • Have a strong understanding of inequality and related issues
  • Understanding of, or willingness to learn about, the role of a trustee
  • Desire to lead the organisation, to support and stretch staff, to unite on its strategy, to steward the assets and to look after its future
  • Willing and able to take on trustee and company director responsibilities for an initial three year term

To complement the existing range of skills of our trustees, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with experience in:

  • HR, to help bolster our strategic and operational approaches to staffing, including ensuring that we are  leading as a fair and inclusive employer
  • Academic research around inequality, to further boost our strong connections with institutions and individuals providing the evidence and insight we need to persuade decision makers across all sectors of the need for change
  • Fundraising from foundations and major donors

We encourage applications from anyone with lived experience of the issues to which inequality gives rise, even if you do not have the specific technical experience outlined above, to ensure that our Board has the empathy and focus which make for effective strategy.

 

Our Treasurer must have

  • Experience of accounting and reporting processess
  • Knowledge and experience of strategic financial management
  • Knowledge of the charity financial landscape
  • Experience of small charity finance management (desirable)

 

What’s in it for you

You will be providing a crucial role in ensuring the financial oversight of a small, impactful charity working across disciplines and sectors to tackle structural inequalities of income, wealth and power in the UK. You will be joining a small and committed team, at a crucial time in the UK political cycle, with a supportive culture and opportunities for development.

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Treasurer

The Equality Trust

Apply by

5 Oct 2023

Cause

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Location

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Role-type

Trustee

Time commitment

1-3 hours per week
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