Trustee with finance expertise

Trustee with finance expertise

Trustee/Governor
J60295
At a glance

Skills

  • Financial management

Where

Watford, WD17 1DU
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? Ideally locally based (London/Herts)

Time

Mostly during office hours Should be able to attend 4 meetings of the Board and 4 meetings of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, and keep in touch by email between.

Trustee with financial expertise sought by early years charity based in Watford, to work with and possibly succeed our current Treasurer in 2022.  Experience in HR and/or communication and marketing would be a bonus.  

What will you be doing?

Early Education is an incorporated charity and UK-wide membership organisation which promotes high quality early childhood education and supports early years practitioners throughout the UK. Our small staff team is based in Watford.  

We seek a trustee with previous experience in financial management to strengthen the skills base of our Board.  Experience of fundraising, marketing and communications and/or human resources would be an advantage.  Experience as a charity trustee is desirable, but financial experience is more important.  

You will support the Board of Trustees and Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP) in scrutinising the charity’s financial affairs.  Our current Treasurer has just been appointed for a further 3-year term; we will seek to identify a successor at least a year in advance.  There will therefore be opportunities to transition into this role for the right candidate. 

The Board meets four times a year, as does F&GP; you should able to commit to attending these meeting (in Watford) and undertaking the general duties of a trustees.

We are keen to increase the diversity of the Board, and therefore would particularly welcome applications from men, and people from minority ethnic communities.

Job description:

  • to be a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • to work with and support the Treasurer to ensure that adequate financial controls are in place and that the organisation operates within a sound financial framework
  • to work with and support the Treasurer and senior staff who have responsibility for financial matters, in order to be satisfied that the financial information presented is comprehensive and accurate

What are we looking for?

Candidates must demonstrate:

  • commitment to the organisation with willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to perform an effective role
  • sound financial skills and experience and ideally knowledge of HR, fundraising and/or marketing and communications
  • the ability to communicate complex financial information clearly and without unnecessary jargon
  • strategic vision and ability to think creatively
  • understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • good, independent judgement
  • tact and diplomacy, impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • good communication and interpersonal skills

What difference will you make?

Early Education is a small charity with a big impact.  We seek to influence government policy on early childhood education, and we also provide a vital source of expert support to practitioners and teachers working with our youngest children, especially in areas of deprivation.  Like most small charities we are operating in challenging financial conditions, and maintaining the financial health of the organisation is vital.  Increasing the financial skills of our Board of Trustees will enable us to reach our centenary as an organisation in five years time in good financial health - and then to continue our work for many more years.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to use your finance skills to make a difference to an organisation committed to providing every child with a good start in life.  Our Board of Trustees include member representatives who are passionate about improving the quality of early childhood education in the UK.  They come from organisations across the UK which are involved with early childhood education and the training of practitioners.  While many have experience of managing budgets, they will hugely appreciate your input as a finance specialist able to grasp the detail in financial reports, and your ability to explain complex financial matters in ordinary language.

Before you apply

To apply please write and tell us how you match the fit the person specification and job description and what you would do for Early Education. Your application should be no more than two sides of A4 with the details of two referees.
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