22 days ago
Founded in 1991, the Anne Frank Trust UK is an education charity that empowers young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. In the last year, we have delivered our programmes in 98 secondary schools, 54 primary schools and 12 prisons, as well as running 6 public exhibitions and reaching a total audience of over 70,000 people.
This is an exciting time for the Anne Frank Trust UK. With a new management team and forward strategy, we are enhancing our highly regarded education programmes, and launching innovative pilot projects around empowerment, creativity and voice. We are seeking a treasurer and two new trustees with education expertise to help guide, oversee and support these ambitious developments.
What will you be doing?
- Trustees of the Anne Frank Trust UK (charity no. 1003279) are at the same time directors of the limited company (no. 2612141). They are legally responsible for ensuring that the Trust meets its charitable objectives and provides public benefit - for example by agreeing strategy and policies, and through planning and monitoring of finance and performance.
- Trustees are elected by the board, following interview and recommendation by a recruitment panel, and may serve for up to two 3-year terms.
- By law, trustees must be aged 16 or over.
- The role is unpaid. Travel and other expenses are reimbursed.
- Board meetings of 2.5 hours take place four times a year on weekday evenings in central London or at our office in Kentish Town. Every year or two one of these meetings is replaced by a board away day.
- Every trustee is linked to one of the Trust's regions across the UK or to the prisons project. The link trustee undertakes to visit projects in that region once a year, and to meet staff and service users, in order to gain insight into the charity's frontline work.
- The treasurer is also a member of the Board's Finance and General Purposes Committee, which meets 4 times a year, usually 2-3 weeks before each Board meeting. The 1.5- to 2-hour meetings are held at times and venues convenient to trustees. The Committee is supported by the Trust’s new Director of Resources, Jonathan Bruck. As well as monitoring the charity’s finances, the committee reviews risk and organisational policies and infrastructure. It makes recommendations to the Board around budget-setting and policy decisions.
- Trustees may be asked to participate in other meetings with staff, such as recruitment panels or one-off planning meetings on specific issues. The treasurer may wish to meet regularly or occasionally with the Director of Resources and/or Finance Manager.
- Trustees are invited to events throughout the year, including the Trust's exhibition openings and an Annual Lunch held at the Hilton Park Lane every January around Holocaust Memorial Day to raise funds.
- Trustees may be asked to represent the Trust at external events or receptions, and generally to act as ambassadors for the charity, eg. by making introductions and connections, and welcoming guests and donors at events.
What are we looking for?
Applicants are asked to submit a CV and covering letter showing how they meet the following criteria:
- Substantial professional and/or personal experience of a field or fields relevant to the charity's work.
- Experience of one or more of the following areas: strategic planning, governance, evaluation, or direct experience of using the charity's services.
- Well-developed professional or social networks, with a willingness to make introductions to the Trust, eg of potential donors or for partnerships.
- A high level of literary and numeracy - eg for understanding reports and budgets.
- Ability to work as a team especially on decision-making.
- Understanding of the role of governance in charities. (Additional training is available.)
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- A passionate commitment to equality and diversity.
- Strong interest and belief in the work of the Anne Frank Trust UK.
- Sufficient time to meet the expectations of the trustee role, including willingness to undertake training or development as needed.
Additional criteria for treasurer:
- A qualified accountant or manager with significant experience in finance at a senior level.
Additional criteria for trustees with education expertise:
Either: Qualified teacher with significant experience of practice and leadership in schools.
Or: Policy maker, researcher or other expert in the education field.
Board meetings of 2.5 hours take place four times a year on weekday evenings in central London or at our office in Kentish Town. Every year or two one of these meetings is replaced by a board away day.
Finance & Education meetings take place four times a year and can happen before or after work.
The role is unpaid. Travel and other expenses are reimbursed.
How to Apply
Please submit your CV with a covering letter saying why you would like to join our board and how you meet the Person Specification.
Applications should be submitted via Reach Volunteering.
Please send applications by noon on Monday 18 November 2019.
Interviews will take place during the week beginning 25 November.