Financial Trustee

VOICES
www.voicescharity.org
Contract Type: 
Trustee/Director
Location: 
South West
Contract Details: 
Volunteer
Details of Role: 

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.  

The role:  

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: 

  • Contributing to leadership of the Charity by actively contributing to setting its strategy, defining goals, setting  targets and evaluating performance 
  • Maintaining an awareness of the business of VOICES 
  • Ensuring that VOICES is a good employer for its staff
  • Being available to staff to support specific initiatives and areas of work in a co-operative and coaching way
  • Regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in quarterly full Board meetings (and those of the Finance sub-committee)
  • Monitoring whether the charity complies with its governing document, with the standards expected of it in English law and by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, and whether it  meets Women’s Aid membership standards
  • Challenging how the charity is doing in meeting the needs of its beneficiaries and delivering public benefit.
  • Monitoring the financial position of the organisation and ensuring that it operates  within its means and objects, and that there are clear lines of accountability for day-to day financial management
  • Supporting the development of the organisation through participation in agreed  projects and sub-groups
  • Acting in  the best interests of VOICES at all times 
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the  course of duties as a trustee.  

 

The additional responsibilities of Financial Trustee / Treasurer include to:  

  • Chair the Finance sub-Committee of the Board of Trustees (quarterly) meetings to provide scrutiny and assurance in terms of the Charity’s financial health, controls and management
  • Explain, guide and advise the Board on the key assumptions and financial implications  of the charity’s budgets, operational and strategic plans 
  • Ensure that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy and a realistic budget  that meets the service’s needs 
  • Support any paid finance staff member to explain, guide and advise VOICES on the  approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements with the organisation’s  framework 
  • Liaise directly with VOICES’ accountants where necessary, support the relationship between VOICES staff and accounting professionals and provide scrutiny of related contractual obligations and benefits to the charity
  • Present accounts at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in an accessible way for  CIO members and staff
  • Ensure that annual accounts are prepared in compliance with SORP (Statement of  Recommended Practice) Accounting for Charities and submitted by the deadline to  the Charity Commission and/or Registrar of Companies, and make arrangements for  them to be audited or independently examined as required 
  • Keep the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Monitor the organisation’s income and expenditure position and in conjunction with  any paid finance staff member present accessible reports at least quarterly to ensure  board members understand the accounts and implications 
  • Understand the accounting procedures and key internal controls to be able to assure  the board that the charity's financial integrity is sound 
  • Work with VOICES staff, such as the CEO to give information and advice on financial  matters  

 

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:  

  • Some experience or knowledge of charity finance, risk, fundraising and pension  schemes 
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences 
  • Willingness to be available to management to provide advice and guidance on  financial matters 
  • Commitment and availability to attend trustee board meetings
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of local needs and resources 
  • Commitment to the aims, principles and policies of VOICES including those relating to  equal opportunities, independence and policy influence 
  • Willingness and ability to act in the best interests of VOICES 
  • Ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and  employers 
  • Willingness and ability to learn, develop and examine one’s own attitudes 
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically and exercise good, independent judgement 
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team 

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. 

 

Time commitment  

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. 

Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 15:00
How to Apply: 

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:  

Brigid Musselwhite 

Chair of Trustees  

VOICES  

P O Box 5184  

Bath BA1 0RZ  

or: 

brigid@voicescharity.org

 

Contact Person: 
Brigid Musselwhite
Contact Email: 
brigid@voicescharity.org
Postal Address: 
P O Box 5184 Bath BA1 0RZ