How many places are on offer?
Our Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a Trustee at Age UK Notts means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. As a Trustee you will make a difference to your local community and through the Age UK Network, to society as a whole. Our Finance Trustee supports the work of the board through their specialist financial and commercial experience, and also works closely with our Finance Team.
What is the purpose of this role?
Age UK Notts has a Board of Trustees with between 7 and 10 Trustees. Our Trustees ensure Age UK Notts has a clear strategy, and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. The Trustees are the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of our beneficiaries first. The Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration, and the role of the Finance Trustee is to maintain an overview of the charity’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.
Role Location: Nottingham
Role Support: You will be supported by other Members of the Board of Trustees and The Senior Leadership Team
What are the responsibilities of the role?
All Trustees will act as ambassadors and in the best interests for Age UK Notts and the wider Age UK network. Trustees are also expected to ensure the charity is carrying out its purpose for the public benefit as well as being compliant with Age UK Notts’ governing document and the law.
The specific responsibilities of the Finance Trustee include the following:
• To oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements, and to formally present these accounts at the annual general meeting and draw attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way
• To ensure the financial resources of the charity meet its present and future needs
• To ensure the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
• To present financial reports to the board
• To ensure appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
• To liaise with the Interim Chief Executives and Finance Lead about financial matters
• To advise on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan
• To support the Board in ensuring that the charity has an appropriate investment policy
• To support the Board in ensuring that there is no conflict between any investments held and the aims and objectives of the charity
• To support the Board in monitoring the charity’s investment activity and ensuring its consistency with the charity’s policies and legal responsibilities
• To ensure that the accounts are audited and prepared in accordance with SORP and company law, any auditors’ recommendations are implemented, the accounts are included in the annual report and are submitted to the relevant statutory bodies, e.g. the Charity Commission
and Registrar of Companies
• To keep the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
• To contribute to the fundraising strategy of the charity
What is the time commitment?
• The charity holds six full board meetings per year in Nottingham, with each meeting lasting around 2½ hours
• In addition, Trustees need to set aside a minimum of 2 hours reading time before each board meeting
• There may be specific occasions when a Trustee is required to attend an event to open/close it, for example a staff conference
• The charity board also has a Finance & Audit Committee which has its own Terms of Reference and has meetings separate from the Full Board Meetings. As Finance Trustee you would be required to sit on this committee and attend the additional meetings which happen 3 times per year to cover the pre audit/budget, post audit and at the 6 month point to review finances
• Trustees serve a three-year term of office and can be re-elected to serve additional three-year terms
What training will you be given?
You will be given a basic induction to the Charity and an opportunity to spend some time with the Senior Leadership Team and other key members of staff. There will also be a full suite of training on offer to help you develop in your role.
Skills and Qualifications:
The Finance Trustee must have:
• A commitment to the charity
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
• Strategic vision
• Good, independent judgement
• A willingness to speak their mind
• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• Financial experience and business planning skills
• Some experience of charity finance and fundraising
• The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
• A preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
• A willingness to be available to give financial advice and answer enquiries from staff on an ad hoc basis
What can you gain from this opportunity?
Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons, from a sense of making a difference, to gaining new experiences and new relationships.
Please note the following key information before you submit an application:
• You must be at least 18 years old
• You must be properly appointed following the procedures and any restrictions in the charity’s governing document
• The role of a Trustee is voluntary and is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed
• You must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified under the Charities Act, including if you have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud), are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement (e.g. an individual voluntary arrangement) with a creditor or have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing
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You will be given a basic induction to the Charity and an opportunity to spend some time with the Senior Leadership Team