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Role

Treasurer - Carers Network

  • Location

    London

  • Sector:

    Caring

  • Contact:

    Sally Miller

  • Contact email:

    sally.miller@carers-network.org.uk

  • Role ref:

    CNJULY

  • Published:

    14 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    08-08-2019

  • Client:

    Carers Network

About Carers Network

Carers Network is an independent charity. Our vision is that every unpaid carer is recognised and leads a healthy, fulfilling life with control over their caring role. We are a small, friendly and dynamic team working with unpaid adult carers in diverse boroughs in central London. 

For more than 25 years we have been working with carers to provide information, advice and support, along with social events, breaks and other services to ensure that carers are well informed, supported and healthy. We currently work with more than 5,000 carers in the City of Westminster, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Carers Network is an equal opportunity employer and service provider that recognises and celebrates diversity. We are a London Living wage employer.

We aim for our Board of trustees to include a minimum of 50% carers or former carers.

Commitment level

Board meetings are every two months on a Wednesday evening from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

Finance and Risk Committee meetings are every three months, generally on a Wednesday evening, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

There are occasional meetings in addition to this such as an annual Board awayday.

Meetings either take place at the Beethoven Centre in Queen’s Park or Canary Wharf.

Support in this role

All trustees receive an induction to Carers Network and any training and support needed to help you to contribute effectively.

Role description

The Treasurer oversees the financial matters of Carers Network and reports to the Board of Trustees about the financial health of the organisation.

  • Facilitating and chairing the Finance and Risk Committee and setting meeting agendas with the Chief Executive and Finance Manager.

  • Overseeing the budget and presenting accounts of financial statements to the Board of Trustees.

  • Ensuring that accounts and records are kept and that financial resources are spent and invested in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines.

  • Working with the Chief Executive and Finance Manger to develop and implement financial, reserves and investment policies.

  • Implementing and monitoring specific financial controls and systems, to ensure that they are in place and adhered to.

  • Liaising with the staff responsible for financial activities in the organisation.

  • Working with the Finance Manager on preparing annual accounts, management reports and charity returns.

  • Monitoring and advising the Board of Trustees on the financial viability of the organisation.

  • Overseeing the appointment of the organisation’s auditors.

  • Keeping up to date with legal and regulatory changes affecting the management and reporting of the organisation’s finances e.g. SORP

  • Working with the Board of Trustees to achieve the aims of the organisation and to provide the Chief Executive with such support and advice as may be needed.

  • Attending and contributing to the Board of Trustees.

  • Keeping well informed about issues affecting carers generally and Carers Network in particular.

  • Representing the organisation at functions and meetings and acting as a spokesperson as appropriate.

Each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve:

  • Acquiring sufficient knowledge about carer related matters in order to contribute at least to broad discussions on the subject

  • Scrutinising and evaluating board papers

  • Leading and/or contributing positively to discussions

  • Serving as a member of ad hoc committees and project working groups

  • Focusing on key issues

  • Providing guidance on new initiatives

  • Contributing in areas where the trustee has special expertise

  • Acting as an advocate for Carers Network

  • Commitment to the ethos, aims and objectives of Carers Network

  • Willingness to abide by our Code of Conduct for trustees

  • Commitment to the aims and vision of Carers Network.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to provide a range of skills and experience, including:

  1. Senior strategic level experience from the public, voluntary or private sector in a finance-focused role

  2. Accountancy qualification such as ACA, ACCA or CIMA or qualified by experience

  3. Skills in contract negotiation

  4. Experience of managing organisations through periods of significant change

  5. A good communicator with an enquiring mind and a willingness to challenge constructively

  6. Strong analytical skills, judgement and decision-making

  7. Trustees are expected to support the charity’s objectives.

Remuneration

This position is unremunerated. Carers Network will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

Other

Trustees are required to apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Our Values

We are compassionate

We listen to what carers want and work with them – with kindness, sensitivity and understanding.

We are proactive

We take responsibility for getting carers the help they need.

We make a difference

We actively work to make a positive change in carers’ lives.

If you would like an informal conversation with the CEO about this role, please contact Sally Miller on 020 8960 3033.

To apply for this role please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining your interest in the role and outlining your experience and suitability for the role to sally.miller@carers-network.org.uk