Finance Trustee

Full Circle Docklands
Closing Date: 
Friday, 10 May, 2024 - 23:45
Contract Type: 
One evening per month
Details of Role: 

Location: Flexible with a mix of online and in-person meetings in Bristol.

Time Commitment: Approx. one evening per month. Additional time may be required.


The Opportunity

Are you a Finance expert and would like to play an important part in Full Circle Dockland’s ambitious future and help us support young people and families in our community?

Following a Governance refresh, we seek an individual who would like to be involved in our cultural journey, helping us build on what we've already achieved. You will be joining us as a Non-Executive Director on our Board, focusing on the delivery of our Finance strategy. An understanding of charities and community anchor organisations, as well as the regulatory context within which we operate would be helpful but is not essential. Training and support in these areas can be provided.

You will be keen to influence and drive the strategic direction and success of our deeply rooted and values-driven organisation through strong governance skills whilst keeping our service users and the community at the heart of strategic decision-making.

Diversity is vital to the success of our organisation, and our Board is no different. It's important to us that our Board represents the diverse backgrounds and communities from which our service users are from, who share our values and are keen to positively contribute their experience as part of our inclusive governing body. We therefore welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Why Full Circle Docklands?

Full Circle Docklands was founded in 1980 and continues to strive for inclusion and the provision of essential support for the Ashley Ward community. We support our community by providing various services for youths, elders, and families. We take a holistic approach to enhancing life opportunities by offering our service users a variety of aspirational activities and experiences.

We aim to support people of all ages to reach their full potential, regardless of their background. Our shared vision is to continue to develop new creative arts, media, sports, education, and training programmes that can inspire, motivate, and engage our community in BS2 and surrounding areas.

As we transition to a community anchor organisation, we are expanding our services and developing the sustainability of our organisation. We are also working with the Ethnic Minority networks in Bristol and other organisations in St Paul to develop our shared vision and objectives that further support our local community. Our key objective is to promote local cohesion, cultural awareness and inter-generational work among the families living here.

At Full Circle Docklands, we are committed to building a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive organisation that treats people respectfully and creates opportunities for all. We have strong community roots and are in the process of developing an ambitious five-year strategy. In the last year, we have undergone significant change in our operating environment, regulatory framework and with the needs and expectations of service users and colleagues. Throughout this process we have appointed new board members and a new CEO. Our new Governance structure is crucial in enabling us to continue to excel and support our vision of building a community anchor organisation that supports our community to thrive.

As our Finance Trustee your main responsibilities will be:

To provide oversight and strategic guidance on financial matters to ensure the effective financial management and sustainability of our organisation. This role requires a strong understanding of financial principles, regulatory requirements, and best practices in financial governance.


You will also:

  • Provide oversight and monitoring of the organisation's financial performance, including budgeting, financial reporting, cash flow management, and investment strategies;
  • Collaborate with the CEO and Finance Officer and executive leadership to develop and monitor the annual budget, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives and resource allocation priorities;
  • Evaluate financial risks and opportunities, providing recommendations for mitigating risks and optimising financial performance;
  • Monitor regulatory changes and industry trends impacting financial reporting and compliance, advising the board, CEO and senior management teams on necessary actions;
  • Oversee our asset management strategies, ensuring prudent financial stewardship and maximising returns within established risk parameters;
  • Evaluate project opportunities and risks, recommending policies and asset allocation strategies to achieve long-term financial sustainability.

Your qualifications will include:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, or equivalent) with significant experience in financial management and governance;
  • Proven track record of financial leadership and oversight within the non-profit sector or relevant industry;
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking ability to assess financial performance and identify opportunities for improvement;
  • Commitment to our mission and values, with a demonstrated understanding of the non-profit sector's financial challenges and opportunities.

Closing Date:

We are requesting expressions of interest by 10th May 2024. This closing date may be brought forward should we receive a significant response from suitable candidates.


How to Apply: 

To apply, please email to request an application form. Please note that an application form must be filled in to be considered as we do not accept CVs.

Full Circle Docklands is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from all sectors of the community. Successful applicants will be expected to undergo an Enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Contact Person: 
Full Circle Docklands
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
0117 9077 164
Postal Address: 
Docklands Community Centre 29 Brigstocke Road St Pauls Bristol BS2 8UA