About the organisation
/together is one of the most powerful and diverse coalitions ever assembled in the UK - one that everyone is invited to join, from community groups across the country to some of the UK’s best-known organisations.
Chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Steering Group includes a broad range of organisations and individuals from the NHS and ITV to the Scouts, the Women’s Institute, UK Sport, trade unions and the CBI.
Our aim is to help build kinder, closer and more connected communities in the aftermath of COVID-19 through four strands of work:
Building a new narrative of connection based on better understanding;
Increasing social contact and civic participation;
Building a strong coalition to promote the practical policy ideas that can make a difference in bridging social divides;
Helping to grow and strengthen a wider movement committed to connecting communities and bridging divides, encouraging network effects.
For further information, please see www.together.org.uk.
About the role
The Trustee will monitor the financial standing of the charity, liaising with the external accountants and supporting their reports to the Board and Director regarding cash-flow forecasts, income and expenditure and the overarching strategic management of the organisation’s financial resources
The Trustee will oversee the charity’s financial risk-management process and report on the charity’s financial health to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals; and will act as a countersignatory on applications to funders and ensuring that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion
The Trustee will liaise with external auditors on financial issues, ensuring that the organisation’s finances are responsibly managed and invested for the betterment of the organisation’s work and for the beneficiaries it serves
As a growing charity with energy and ambition, the Trustee will need to be able to commit to attending Board Meetings four times a year with optional attendance at the quarterly Steering Group meeting. Trustees meetings are currently carried out remotely, however in the future we plan to carry the meeting at Lambeth Palace. Additional calls on your time may be required on occasion; for example, with your specific expertise you may be asked to provide some insight and support to the Director, support staff/ Trustee recruitment, review tenders and share expertise.
General responsibilities as a Trustee
Contribute to the Board’s decision making, exercising independent judgement (declaring any interests) and exercising reasonable skill, care and diligence in carrying out activities;
Contribute to Board meetings, helping to give strategic direction to the organisation, setting policy and targets and evaluating performance;
Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and creative thinking when considering how the charity can deliver against its strategic objectives;
Safeguard the values of the charity and act as an ambassador for the charity and its mission;
Be familiar with the rules that govern the charity notably in respect of Charity Law, Company Law and all other relevant legislation and regulations.
In relation to Finance:
Lead the Board’s duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept and that financial resources are controlled, invested and spent in line with governance, legal and regulatory requirements;
Oversee planning/budgeting processes in participation with the Board and constructively challenge where required; create greater transparency and accountability to improve resource allocation and charity’s image as per SORP guidelines;
Ensure all strategic plans are financially appraised and budgets aligned to both short-term and long-term objectives with performance variances understood;
Monitor the charity’s financial risk-management processes advising the Board on any areas of weakness;
Liaise with the external accountant on the preparation of the annual report and accounts providing guidance to the Board as appropriate.
Our ideal candidate
Qualified accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness and knowledge
Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders
Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement
Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
Good communication and leadership skills
Desirable but not essential:
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices
Knowledge of charity SORP and impending changes
Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, financial/accountancy, understanding of HR issues, experience of Trusts or other grant giving bodies particularly fundraising and legal knowledge
A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management
The Board are particularly keen to see applicants from diverse backgrounds and those who have experience outside of the financial services industry.
What’s in it for you
This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a nationwide effort to build kinder, closer and more connected communities. A critical mission which can help the country better face the challenges ahead.
The role involves interaction with several high profile stakeholders - a chance to build an amazing network and would be a standout role on any CV.
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