Volunteering

Treasurer for Parents and Children Together (PACT) (V)

Location: Reading

Date Posted: 08/06/2020

Closing Date: 07/09/2020

Job description

Do you have financial analysis, governance and team skills to join Parents & Children Together as Treasurer to our Board of Trustees? PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption charities and a family support provider, helping 100s of families every year.

About Us

Parents and Children Together (Reg. Charity 285214) has been building and strengthening families since 1911.

PACT is an adoption charity (rated Outstanding by Ofsted) and family support provider which helps hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption and award-winning therapeutic support and inspirational community projects across London and the south of England.  We are one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies. Our mission is to provide adoption and community services to vulnerable children, women and families.

PACT also runs community projects supporting vulnerable children and adults facing a range of issues including domestic abuse, homelessness and debt. Our current community projects include the Alana House women’s community programme, Bounce Back 4 Kids and the Recovery Toolkit programme. Our vision is to help even more families in these ways and to design and provide quality services where there is currently unmet need.

Back in 1911, PACT was the idea of the then Bishop of Oxford and was established as the social welfare arm of the Anglican Diocese of Oxford. PACT is now an independent adoption charity with strong partnerships with many different sectors and faith organisations, statutory bodies, corporate organisations and charities, promoting an inclusive and supportive culture.

The role

Our Board of Trustees voluntarily govern the charity’s activities and we are looking for a new Trustee to join our Board and to take on the role of Treasurer.

Day to day responsibility for financial operations and control is in the hands of the Head of Finance.   The Treasurer will work with fellow Trustees and our Executive Team to develop financial strategies to support our ambitious plans and provides oversight of the charity’s finances and financial operations so as to provide reassurance to the Board on the charity’s short and long-term viability.

The Trustee Treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the charity fulfils its duties and responsibilities for its proper financial governance and to give advice and guidance when needed to the Head of Finance.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer supports appropriate decisions and good governance by the Board.

We ask for approximately 20 hours of your time per month, which includes attendance (currently virtual) at 8 meetings per annum, monthly involvement in Business Review meetings and ad hoc away-days and promotional events.

Although we are currently governing and managing the organisation online virtually, you will need to be able to access our Head Office in central Reading, Berkshire.

Obviously, this is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

Full induction to our charity is provided, plus specialist support as a Trustee including access to external training if needed. Support from other Trustees including the Chair is always available; in return you will be expected to provide the same support to other Trustees and the Senior Executive Team.

What do you get as a volunteer Treasurer for our organisation?

  • An opportunity to exercise your financial governance skills and knowledge, possibly in a different environment or context
  • A chance to create, adapt and implement financial strategic growth for the organisation
  • A chance to augment your experience of charities
  • A boost to your career and CV, if needed
  • An opportunity to work alongside other skilled and committed trustees
  • Satisfaction of helping vulnerable children, women and families, and thus giving something back to your community
  • High-quality induction, training from us and other charity-support organisations

What do we get?

  • Your skills, knowledge and experience of financial governance
  • Your abilities to help our charity grow in line with our strategic plans
  • Enhancement to our overall governance and the Board of Trustees; improvement in our charity governance and operational growth
  • Your participation in our collective decision-making, contributing to all areas of our charity work
  • Your accounting or financial qualification
  • Your enthusiasm

What do our beneficiaries get?

  • The ability to increase support for more vulnerable children, women and families
  • A well-governed charity, sustainable for the future
  • A forward-looking and agile organisation, with a well-informed Board of Trustees

 

How to apply

This appointment is being managed for us by inVOLve Community Services, a charity-support organisation, who offer a no-obligation discussion by phone or video. A detailed Role Description and Person Specification will be made available to you.

You will need to be eligible to be a charity trustee & company Director, which we will explain. Trustee appointments are subject to satisfactory references and, upon appointment, a satisfactory Enhanced Child Workforce DBS check.

Your CV and supporting statement will be read by PACT’s Chair and CEO and an interview by video offered to exceptional candidates as soon as mutually-convenient.

I need to know more

Apply via CharityJob for more information and arrange to have a no-obligation initial informal discussion (phone, WhatsApp, Teams, Zoom, Meet, Skype, etc.)

If you want to progress your interest or need more information, inVOLve Community Services can easily arrange for a discussion between you and Jan Fishwick, CEO, before we submit your CV to PACT.

 

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