Working Families Trustee - Finance Focus

Job Title: Working Families Trustee - Finance Focus
Contract Type: Contract
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Trustee
Contact Name: Clare Corbett
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Job Published: July 13, 2021 15:25

Job Description

Thank you for your interest in become a Trustee of Working Families. We are currently looking for two trustees to join our passionate, highly skilled board. We are particularly looking for strategic fundraising expertise and financial expertise, ideally a chartered accountant. We also welcome applications from ethnic minority groups as they are currently under-represented on our Board.

Working Families’ mission – to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace - has never felt more needed, or more timely. The year we have all lived through has proved it beyond question.

As the pandemic took hold, the demand for our advice services grew sixfold, as parents around the country grappled with the need to juggle work and caring responsibilities and safeguard their workplace rights. At the same time, our employer members leaned on our expertise and advice to understand how to support their staff teams in a fast-changing and unpredictable environment.

Throughout this time, our Board of Trustees have provided the strategic vision and practical advice to help guide the organisation through the pandemic. Because of the commitment of the Board and the hard work of our talented and dedicated staff team, we find ourselves in a strong position as we look ahead to post-COVID Britain

The role of our Trustees

Our Trustees are deeply involved in the work of the charity, set the strategic direction for Working Families, and use their practical skills, experience, and knowledge to support and challenge the staff team.

The main role of our Trustees Our trustees are volunteers with a specific legal responsibility to:

• Ensure our aims and objectives are being met

• Act in the best interest of the charity

• Manage responsibility what we have (such as our people and our money)

• Act with reasonable care and skill You can find more information from the Charity Commission.

Trustee Board meetings

Board meetings take place every other month, lasting two hours. There are board papers for each meeting that require reading in advance.

Each trustee is expected to sit on one of our three committees, which meet monthly for an hour.


Working Families does not currently have a physical office, and all our meetings are done through video conferencing. In future, there may be a requirement to come into central London for occasional meetings, for which reasonable expenses (including childcare and travel) will be reimbursed.

What you will gain

• The chance to develop new skills, including charity governance

• The opportunity to shape the direction of a national charity

• The chance to use your own skills, connections, and experience to create new opportunities for Working Families

• Be part of driving a dedicated team to achieve our mission and have a positive impact on millions of families in the UK


Role description

The duties of a trustee are as follows:

• Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy

• Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e., its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations

• Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e., the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public

• Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets

• Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

• Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation

• Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds

• Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal, and remuneration of the chief executive (if the charity employs staff)

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they must help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Person specification

• A commitment to the organisation and its values

• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

• Strategic vision

• Good, independent judgement

• An ability to think creatively

• A willingness to speak their mind

• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship

• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

• A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.


• Over 18

• Not bankrupt

• Subject to satisfactory references

• Not excluded by Companies House or Charity Commission

• Conflicts of interest that would be so significant as to undermine the role in general e.g., was a member of a group that discriminated against people based on gender or ethnicity 


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