Treasurer for Parents & Children Together

Treasurer for Parents & Children Together

Trustee/Governor
J67307
At a glance

Skills

  • Accountancy
  • Accountancy (part qualified)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial management
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning

Where

Reading, RG1 4QS
Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit? Up to 50 miles; reasonable travel expenses reimbursed

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week or 3-7 hours / week
Up to 20 hours per month, including phone and online meetings. There are 8 meetings p.a. plus monthly contact with the Chair & Exec Leadership Team.

Do you have financial analysis, governance and team skills to join Parents & Children Together as Treasurer to our Board of Trustees? PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption charities, helping 100s of families every year.

What will you be doing?

Parents and Children Together has been building and strengthening families since 1911.

PACT is an adoption charity & family support provider (rated Outstanding by Ofsted) which helps hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption services and award-winning therapeutic support, and inspirational community projects across London and the south of England. We are one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies. Our mission is to provide adoption and community services to vulnerable children, women and families.

PACT also runs community projects supporting vulnerable children and adults facing a range of issues including domestic abuse, homelessness and debt. Our current community projects include the Alana House women’s community programme, Bounce Back 4 Kids and the Recovery Toolkit programme. Our vision is to help even more families in these ways and to design and provide quality services where there is currently unmet need.

Back in 1911, PACT was the idea of the then-Bishop of Oxford and was established as the social welfare arm of the Anglican Diocese of Oxford. PACT is now an independent adoption charity with strong partnerships with many different sectors and faith organisations, statutory bodies, corporate organisations and charities, promoting an inclusive and supportive culture.

Information from the Charity Commission about PACT

About the role

Our Board of Trustees voluntarily govern the charity’s activities. We are looking for a new Trustee to join our Board to take on the role of Treasurer.

Day-to-day responsibility for financial operations and control is in the hands of the Head of Finance. The Treasurer works with fellow Trustees and our Executive Team to develop financial strategies to support our ambitious plans, provide oversight of the charity’s finances & financial operations, to provide reassurance to the Board on the charity’s short and long-term viability.

The Treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the charity fulfils its duties and responsibilities for its proper financial governance and to give advice and guidance when needed to the Head of Finance, and to fellow Trustees if needed.

What are we looking for?

Your knowledge and experience:

  • Outstanding record of professional achievement in your field, with a reputation for excellence, and a particular focus on strategic finance, audit and risk, planning and performance.
  • Qualified as an accountant (to at least AAT, higher would be beneficial).
  • Understanding of risk management at Board level.
  • Experience gained as Trustee or Non-Executive Director in a charity, social enterprise and/or Social Care Sector would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Strong understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of charity Trusteeship (training provided to ensure up-to-date knowledge); agreement to and acceptance of these duties.
  • Investment experience would be beneficial.

 

Your skills and abilities:

  • Able to distil complex information and bring a pragmatic approach to its application; able to explain complex financial information to other Trustees, as needed.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills; appropriate level of digital skills.
  • Strong ambassadorial and influencing skills to inspire trust and confidence quickly.
  • Able to think and plan strategically.
  • Willingness to speak your mind and appropriately challenge other Trustees and staff; able to make unpopular recommendations to the Board, if necessary.
  • Able to galvanise external relationships and build support for PACT.

 

Your personal style and behaviour:

  • Independent, strategic and creative thinker.
  • Driven and self-managing with sharp commercial acumen.
  • Collaborative team player.
  • Sound judgement and political sense.
  • Committed to the values of PACT; leading by example in upholding these values and demonstrating the utmost integrity.
  • Trustees are required to agree to abide by the Trustees’ Code of Conduct and to declare their business interests, as appropriate.

What difference will you make?

What do we get?

  • Your skills, knowledge and experience of financial governance
  • Your abilities to help our charity grow in line with our strategic plans
  • Enhancement to our overall governance and the Board of Trustees; improvement in our charity governance and operational growth
  • Your participation in our collective decision-making, contributing to all areas of our charity work
  • Your accounting or financial qualification
  • Your enthusiasm

 

What do our beneficiaries get?

  • The ability to increase support for more vulnerable children, women and families
  • A well-governed charity, sustainable for the future
  • A forward-looking and agile organisation, with a well-informed Board of Trustees

What's in it for the volunteer?

What do you get as a volunteer Treasurer for our organisation?

  • An opportunity to exercise your financial governance skills and knowledge, possibly in a different environment or context
  • A chance to create, adapt and implement financial strategic growth for the organisation
  • A chance to augment your experience of charities
  • A boost to your career and CV, if needed
  • Satisfaction of helping vulnerable children, women and families, and thus giving something back to your community
  • High-quality induction, training from us and other charity-support organisations

A few more details

You will need to be eligible to be a charity trustee & company Director, which we will explain. Trustee appointments are subject to satisfactory references and, upon appointment, a satisfactory Enhanced Child Workforce DBS check.

Contact Mike Allen, Trustee Recruitment & Liaison, via REACH for more information and arrange to have a no-obligation initial informal discussion (phone, WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, Meet, Skype, etc.).

Before you apply

This appointment is being managed for us by inVOLve Community Services, a charity-support organisation, who offer a no-obligation discussion by phone or video. A detailed Role Description and Person Specification can be made available to you.  If you want to progress your interest or need more information, inVOLve Community Services can easily arrange for a discussion between you & Jan Fishwick, CEO, before we submit your CV to PACT.
Causes
  • Voluntary sector support
  • inVOLve is a local charity that supports other local charities and community groups throughout Bracknell Forest and Wokingham Borough.