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.
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.
Candidates must demonstrate:
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.
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.