Finance Trustee

Job Title: Finance Trustee
Location: Unknown
Reference: J57654
Job Published: March 28, 2018 14:56

Job Description

About the organisation

Healthy Minds is the working name of Calderdale Wellbeing, a mental health charity based in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

We define mental health not just as the absence of distress but as a state of wellbeing in which each person realises their own potential. We recognise different factors can affect people's wellbeing and so we provide a range of services for people according to their needs.

Only 25-35% of people with mental health problems access treatment at all; the remainder self-manage to varying degrees of success.  Healthy Minds offers a user-led service to anyone who identifies as having mental health need. We believe people are always doing the best they can and, provided with opportunities and support, they can thrive.

About the role

From small beginnings, Healthy Minds has grown in size and reputation; today we are a trusted voluntary organisation offering a genuine, accessible, complementary alternative to statutory mental health services. It’s been a rapidly developing organisation because of the commitment of trustees, staff and volunteers. 

Due to the growth the organisation has experienced, we want to ensure that we have robust governance in place to match and financial oversight is a priority for us. The Finance Trustee will provide their skills and expertise to the board and help to ensure that the organisation’s finances are responsibly managed.

What impact will the opportunity have?

By joining the board at Healthy Minds you will be part of an open, passionate and collaborative organisation that provides invaluable support to those affected by mental distress in Calderdale. In addition to the services provided, we are also a lead in the wider voluntary sector regarding mental health. For example, we were among 8 organisations selected nationally by Mind to pilot peer support approaches. We have also been shortlisted for national programmes by Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and the NHS Realising the Value project to lead on peer support.

Your support will enable us to continue the important work we do around mental health and to provide continued support to our beneficiaries.

Person specification


  • Financial skills and experience.
  • Ability to deal with the challenges of managing funding and long term planning.
  • Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • Willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort to the oversight and work of the organisation.
  • Dedicated to the organisation’s cause and objectives


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices.

Time commitment

  • The average time commitment is 3 hours a month
  • The board meetings are held once every two months
  • Finance meetings are held once every two months
  • Around twice a year a longer session is held, such as a strategy planning event or a team builder, which lasts longer than the usual two hour meetings
  • Standard meetings last for two hours

Please note that agreed expenses are reimbursed

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to join the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.