VOICES Treasurer Trustee Candidate pack
Our Financial Trustee / Treasurer is a vital member of our Charity. They support our staff team in ensuring that we are being responsible with our money and working to the highest professional standards.
We are looking for someone with passion, experience and expertise who really wants to help us make a difference to the lives of those we support.
VOICES is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexuality, transgender status and working patterns. We are keen to have a Board that appropriately represents all the communities we serve as an organisation.
We recognise that there there is “No Us and Them” in domestic abuse, and warmly welcome applicants who have direct or indirect experience of their own, whether disclosed or not.
Please do not hesitate to apply if you have no experience of being a Trustee - financial qualifications, experience of working in finance and a passion for what we do are our key criteria.
Who are We?
We are a domestic abuse Charity supporting the people of Bath & Northeast Somerset since 2014. VOICES is an independent Charity, founded and inspired by people with lived experience of domestic abuse. Our mission is to place the voices of people with lived experience of abuse at the heart of practice and policy making both locally and nationally, and to provide a high-quality, holistic and trauma-informed local service directly to victims and survivors and their families.
Although we currently only provide group programmes for women, we seek to ensure that anyone approaching us for help is supported to find that help, whether it is from us or from another organisation.
We currently support c. 150 people managing the impacts of domestic abuse on their mental and physical health and other aspects of their lives. Services provided by us include personal support in identifying and acting upon abusive relationships, personal resilience building, access to legal support, working with statutory, third sector and commercial partners (e.g social care, policing, courts, family support services and housing associations) and practical day to day support. We work with clients throughout their journey of recovery and are unusual in not limiting support to a specific timeframe. Our clients may be in abusive relationships, trying to leave, facing post-separation abuse or addressing impacts from historic abuse.
Our success is demonstrated by our growth and by success in attracting national grants (including a 5-year Reaching Communities grant from the National Lottery) and by our strong network of national and regional partnerships. Our ambition is not only to strengthen our service offering but to develop our role in training, research and consultancy support so that the voice of experience is integral to raising awareness and improving support for those who are victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse.
You will be joining a charity in a strong financial position, with an ambition to build on our successes and growth over the last few years. We will be looking to build on our existing activities and also bring in innovative new projects. We are seeking a qualified accountant (or qualified by experience) or finance professional for this role who cares about our mission and helping VOICES develop. The financial trustee will provide valuable financial leadership and scrutiny within our Board, alongside our contracted professional accountancy support.
We are a friendly and welcoming organisation and are passionate about what we do. You’ll be joining our Board of Trustees at an exciting and challenging time with opportunities to build on our success over the next few years. If you have the time and enthusiasm to be part of VOICES, please do get in touch.
Each individual member of the trustee board has a responsibility to contribute to the discharging of the board’s duties. They can do this by:
The additional responsibilities of Financial Trustee / Treasurer include to:
What skills are needed?
You’ll need an accountancy qualification, and we’re also looking for someone who can demonstrate some or all of the following:
Lived experience of any of the issues we address as part of the impact of domestic abuse (including benefit issues, homelessness, debt, ill-health, disability, discrimination and/or employment problems) is not seen by VOICES as a concern but rather as an additional resource and source of insight.
What difference will you make?
You will be a key player in the next stage of growth for our services, one of which involves providing legal support to our clients. Your skills and expertise will enable us to confidently plan and execute putting in place these high-demand services and ensure our users can access the support they need.
What’s in it for you?
You will experience being involved in a very exciting new chapter of our history and expansion of our services. You will play a key role in making it possible. This will give you the opportunity to showcase your expertise for the benefit of our clients.
The Board meets every quarter (meetings last 2-3 hours) and the Finance Sub Committee meets every quarter c. 3 weeks before each Trustee meeting.
In addition to attending board meetings (conducted via Zoom if not in person), the Treasurer Trustee should expect to spend about 1 day per month on the work involved in this role. Other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – may be necessary both with the CEO and Administrator and with the Chairs of the Board and Finance Sub-Committee.
In order to express an interest, please submit your CV and a brief paragraph, stating why you wish to be considered for this role and why you’re the person for us.
Where there seems to be a potential ‘fit’ we (Chair and CEO) will then offer an introductory conversation at your convenience.
A formal application process involving a structured conversation with a group of Trustees will then follow. The details of this process will be shared later.
Please send expressions of interest to:
Chair of Trustees
P O Box 5184
Bath BA1 0RZ