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Could you be our new finance trustee?

By 5th January 2023No Comments

Do you have a desire to help empower children and families, including those experiencing challenges such as domestic abuse, bereavement, special education needs, poor physical and/or mental health, poverty, discrimination and disadvantage?

Are you passionate, motivated, and can commit the time to help drive the charity forward in its next growth stage in line with our Strategic Plan 2022-25?

Why join the Red Hen family?

Raising a family is hard.  Parenting is tough – even when everything is going well for you.

Maybe you, or someone close to you, has experienced the unique challenges of parenthood?

Or perhaps you’re tired of seeing/hearing the same stories about inequality in Cambridge, particularly those from unrepresented and disadvantage groups?

We are a highly effective, small but growing, hyper-local charity that has been supporting children and their families in North Cambridge for 25 years.

We help children and families by providing early intervention – intensive 1-2-1 support from highly skilled and experienced family workers who visit the family home for 6-9 months on average, tackling anything that is preventing children from thriving at school and at home.

We help families experiencing challenges to get back on their feet, increase their resilience and become independent.

Complementing this intensive work, we have a wrap-around range of outreach activities and support, including drop-ins and groups, parenting courses, workshops and trips.

What’s in it for you?

  • Personal fulfilment from helping to support a wide range of children and families, including some of the most underrepresented and disadvantaged in our community
  • A chance to critical role in the future development of a well-established and highly respected charity doing life-changing work
  • An opportunity to get new and relevant experience and broaden your professional network
  • Regular opportunities to meet the diverse and friendly bunch who work with and support, including community members, practitioners, professionals and the vibrant local charity sector.

To find out more, please contact the Project Lead, for an informal conversation about the charity and the role.

The finance trustee role is an unremunerated voluntary position, although reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

The Red Hen Project are committed to equality of opportunity, supports and encourages under-represented groups and values diversity. We seek people from a wide range of backgrounds, who will bring a fresh perspective to the Board and having reviewed existing Trustee’s diversity, skills and experience, Red Hen are keen for the Board to reflect the diversity of the communities that we work with and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community but would particularly welcome an individual who lives or works in CB4 or a neighbouring postcode.

Requirements of the Role

Quarterly board meetings and finance sub-committee meetings and meetings within the Project Lead and our financial services provider to prepare for these if needed.

Whilst there isn’t a requirement for you to be a qualified accountant, finance experience would be helpful – and a commitment to learning about charity finance specifically.

Due to the nature of our work, the role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Role Description

The role of the treasurer can be summarised as follows:

  • to provide strategic leadership
  • monitor the financial administration of the charity
  • and report to the board of directors at regular intervals on its state of financial health, in line with best practice, and in compliance with the governing document and legal requirements.
  • plus, a wider duty to ensure that the charity is well run, solvent, legally compliant, and working towards the charitable purpose for which it was established

We use cloud-based accounting software (Xero), and over the past 12 months have spent considerable time and resources writing and implementing financial policies and procedures, including a scheme of delegation.  We also now have a finance service contract with a bookkeeper who undertakes the vast majority of our finance-based tasks.

The main responsibilities and duties of a treasurer/finance trustee include:

  • overseeing and presenting budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the board of trustees
  • ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements
  • leading in the development and implementation of financial reserves, cost‐management and investment policies
  • liaising, where applicable, with the appropriate member of staff responsible for the financial activities of the organisation
  • chairing the finance sub-finance committee in line with standing orders and terms of reference, and reporting back to the board of directors; monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the organisation
  • overseeing the monitoring of specific financial controls and adherence to systems
  • playing an integral role in the creation of the charity’s strategic plans and specifically advising on the financial implications of the plans
  • overseeing the charity’s financial risk‐management process
  • acting as a counter signatory on the charity’s bank account and important applications to funders; and board‐level liaison with the external bodies on specific issues such as the Auditors’ Management Letter and the related board representations
  • complying with the standard duties as per the organisation’s constitution

Applications should be emailed to in the form of a covering letter outlining your experience and motivation to undertake the role, along with an up-to-date CV and two references who we can contact.