5 days ago
Right to Remain
Do you want to make a difference in these challenging times for migrant rights? Do you have the skills and experience to help a small national organisation continue to punch above its weight?
Right to Remain is seeking to recruit volunteer board members for our Management Committee, including a new Treasurer. We are looking for people with the skills, experience, energy and time to commit to our vital work. Our Committee is responsible for the governance of Right to Remain – that is, not directly managing its day-to-day work, but “steering the ship”, making major organisational decisions, providing oversight to ensure what needs to be happening is happening, supporting staff when needed and shaping strategy.
ABOUT RIGHT TO REMAIN
Right to Remain’s vision is a world in which everyone can exercise their right to remain with dignity and humanity, where they need to be.
People leave their homes and come to the UK for many reasons. People are fleeing war, persecution and poverty; are coming to join family in the UK; are coming here to work or study. It’s not easy to make it here, and when people arrive the struggle isn’t over. People are faced with a Hostile Environment denying them basic rights, and major obstacles to establishing their legal rights to stay.
Right to Remain works with communities, groups and organisations across the UK. We provide information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain. We challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system. Read more about our work on our website.
Right to Remain is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. It is a membership organisation, governed by a management committee of volunteer company directors. The Committee has the ultimate responsibility for running the organisation – for its property, finances and the employment of any staff or volunteers. Right to Remain currently employs two full-time and three part-time staff members.
BEING ON THE COMMITTEE
Committee members are unpaid, but travel expenses to meetings are reimbursed. The Committee meets with staff every two months – most frequently in London, but as committee members are located across the UK, the venue varies and we periodically meet by conference call. The committee may be asked to contribute to discussions or make decisions by email or telephone if the business cannot wait till the next meeting.
In addition to attending management committee meetings whenever possible, and the annual general meeting, committee members are required to commit to undertaking small pieces of work in-between meetings, including (but not limited to) reading meeting minutes, writing reports or papers and carrying out agreed actions.
THE ROLE OF THE TREASURER
The Treasurer is the Management Committee member with an oversight role over all aspects of financial management, working closely with the Coordinators (paid staff) and the other members of the Management Committee (volunteers) to safeguard the organisation’s finances.
The Treasurer role at Right to Remain, in addition to general Management Committee responsibilities, involves the following tasks:
- Acting as the main contact for the Bank, Pension Company, and HMRC
- Liaising with the Right to Remain Coordinators and Payroll Bureau to ensure monthly payroll is processed correctly and payments are made on time
- Monitoring the organisation’s bank balance and making transfers between bank accounts as required to avoid overdraft
- Setting up payments for payroll and Management Committee expenses, and authorise payments set up by Coordinators
- Checking for problematic bank transactions every so often
- Working with the Coordinators and the Accountant to make sure that
- accurate budgets are prepared for funders, which maximise income
- an annual budget is produced in March each year for approval by the Committee, based on funder budgets and organisational needs
- multi-year forecasts are updated every time there is a significant change in funding, to inform the Committee how long current funding will keep the organisation comfortably solvent
- Reviewing the periodic Management Accounts and the Annual Accounts produced by the Accountant to:
- Discover and rectify any mistakes in coding
- Monitor use of particular grants as agreed with the funder in the budget
- Provide a written report to the Committee summarising the financial position as shown by the accounts
- Discuss with the Coordinators and the Accountant the implications for funding etc.
- Presenting the Annual Accounts at Right to Remain’s AGM