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Closing date for applications – Friday 18th January 2019

Voluntary role: 5-8 days per year

Safer Places is currently looking to strengthen its Board of Trustees.

We are an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse and family conflict who live in Essex and Hertfordshire. The people who use our services are at the heart of our organisation and we aim to work to enable them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future for themselves and their children.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees. Thus, Saferplaces is seeking to strengthen its Board of Trustees through accepting applications from individuals with a financial background and are able to:

  • To ensure overall strategic leadership and financial sustainability and development of Safer Places according to Safer Places governing document.
  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits

Statutory Duties Include:

  • To ensure that Safer Places complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that Safer Places pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the Safer Places uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: Safer Places must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to Safer Places, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of Safer Places.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Safer Places.
  • To ensure the financial stability of Safer Places.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.

Treasurer Duties include:

  • Liaise with relevant staff, committee members and/or volunteers to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
  • Make fellow committee members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place.
  • Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.

Other Duties:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on Key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise

The role would require you to:

  • Attend to quarterly board meetings, one strategic meeting per year in Harlow Essex, plus occasional training and other events such as the staff celebration day.
  • Have financial knowledge
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Be committed to the purpose, objects and values of Safer Places
  • Be constructive about other Trustee’ opinions in discussion, and in response to staff members’ contributions at meetings
  • Be able to act reasonable and responsibly when undertaking such duties and performing tasks
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality on sensitive and confidential information
  • Understand the importance and purpose of meeting, and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly
  • Be able to analyse information and, when necessary, challenge constructively
  • Be able to make collective decisions and stand by them
  • Be able to respect boundaries between executive and governance functions
  • Understand and accept legal duties
  • Be eligible to service as a charity trustee
  • Able to adhere to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Willing to express own opinion

In addition:

  • Safer Places is Investors In People and ISO9001 accredited.
  • Safer Places offers support to ensure all have equality of opportunity to be an effective trustee.
  • We welcome applicants from all sections of the community.
  • Although not remunerated, you would be reasonably reimbursed for all expenses incurred in carrying out your duties.
  • Interviews with be held in Harlow Essex in the first week of December 2018.
  • For an informal chat or further information please ring Allison (Director of Business) on 08450 743216 extension 1002.

To apply please find below the job description and an application form. This should be completed and returned to recruitment@saferplaces.co.uk by no later than Friday 18th January 2019.