PACT is an adoption charity (rated Outstanding by Ofsted) and family support provider which helps hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption and award-winning therapeutic support and inspirational community projects across London and the south of England. We are one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies. Our mission is to provide adoption and community services to vulnerable children, women and families.
Our Board of Trustees voluntarily govern the charity’s activities and we are looking for a new Trustee to join our Board and to take on the role of Treasurer.
Day to day responsibility for financial operations and control is in the hands of the Head of Finance. The Treasurer will work with fellow Trustees and our Executive Team to develop financial strategies to support our ambitious plans and provides oversight of the charity’s finances and financial operations so as to provide reassurance to the Board on the charity’s short and long-term viability.
The Trustee Treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the charity fulfils its duties and responsibilities for its proper financial governance and to give advice and guidance when needed to the Head of Finance. As a member of the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer supports appropriate decisions and good governance by the Board.
- Outstanding record of professional achievement in your field, with a reputation for excellence, and a particular focus on strategic finance, audit and risk, planning and performance.
- Qualified as an accountant (to at least AAT, higher would be beneficial).
- Understanding of risk management at Board level.
- Experience gained as Trustee or Non-Executive Director in a charity, social enterprise and/or Social Care Sector would be an advantage but not essential.
- Strong understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of charity Trusteeship (training provided to ensure up-to-date knowledge); agreement to and acceptance of these duties.
- Investment experience would be beneficial.
- Able to distil complex information and bring a pragmatic approach to its application; able to explain complex financial information to other Trustees, as needed.
- Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills; appropriate level of digital skills.
- Strong ambassadorial and influencing skills to inspire trust and confidence quickly.
- Able to think and plan strategically.
- Willingness to speak your mind and appropriately challenge other Trustees and staff; able to make unpopular recommendations to the Board, if necessary.
- Able to galvanise external relationships and build support for PACT.
DBS checks required.
We ask for approximately 20 hours of your time per month, which includes attendance (currently virtual) at 8 meetings per annum, monthly involvement in Business Review meetings and ad hoc away-days and promotional events.
Although we are currently governing and managing the organisation online virtually, you will need to be able to access our Head Office in central Reading, Berkshire.
Role Description & Person Specification available, plus a no-obligation informal chat via phone or video, at your convenience.
Read more about Parents and Children Together (PACT)