Trustee with financial experience

RoleTrustee with financial experience (unpaid)
Accountable toChair of Trustees
Time Commitment3 Year Term.  Approximately 12 hours per month
LocationFlexible / Remote (occasional travel to London) 
Closing dateTuesday 19th March at 12pm
InterviewsWeek commencing 25th March
Apply herehttps://sounddeliverymedia.beaconforms.com/form/7872f4cd

About Sounddelivery Media

Sounddelivery Media is a dynamic charity tackling injustice and inequality. We’re looking to strengthen our Board by recruiting a new Trustee with financial experience to take us into the next stage of our development as an organisation – our current Treasurer has reached the end of their term. The overall role of a Trustee with financial experience is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensure its financial viability and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

Sounddelivery Media works alongside people with direct experience of social injustice and inequality to advocate for themselves and their communities publicly by providing training, support and media matches, media meet ups and media opportunities.  We work to address representation and diversity of voice in the media, finding platforms for our networks and building long term trusted relationships with journalists. 

Duties of a trustee with financial experience

In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties of the Trustee with financial experience include the following:

  • Overseeing, approving and, when required, presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements 
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs 
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy 
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place 
  • Liaising with any paid staff and external accountants about financial matters 
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans 
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies, for example the Charity Commission
  • If external scrutiny of accounts is required, ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented 
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities 
  • Advise on the fundraising strategy of the organisation 
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts to the board and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way 
  • Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required

Find the full description of the role in our application pack.

About you

In addition to the person specification of a trustee, we’re looking for a Trustee with financial experience with the following professional attributes:

  • Financial qualifications and experience 
  • Experience of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes 
  • Alignment with Sounddelivery Media’s mission
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences 
  • Being prepared to make unpopular recommendations to the board 
  • A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • A willingness and ability to devote the necessary time
  • A willingness to learn and carry out the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of charity trusteeship

About our board of trustees

Our trustees are volunteers who offer their time, knowledge and experience to oversee and guide the charity and its work. They also make sure Sounddelivery Media is financially sustainable, is run efficiently and professionally and operates within charitable law.

The Sounddelivery Media board meets at least four times a year with an annual Trustee/Staff away day. These meetings are mostly remote with occasional face to face meetings. Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year period; and may then be re-appointed for a further three years.

We can arrange training, mentoring and support for new trustees – no previous governance experience is required. As well as skills and experience, we want to hear from candidates who also have the passion, commitment, interest and enthusiasm to fulfil this vital role.

We are fully committed to ensuring it is as easy and comfortable as possible for skilled, talented people who have never previously participated in charity governance to be welcomed onto the Sounddelivery Media board and make a full and equal contribution. 

Our existing board has strong experience in key areas including communication, fundraising, governance and community action. 

How to apply

If you wish to apply please fill in this short application with a CV and expression of interest in not more that 2 pages why you want to join the Board of Sounddelivery Media as our Trustee with financial experience.

Find the full description of the role in our application pack.

The expression of interest should set out clearly why you are interested in this role, and the relevant skills, knowledge and experience you can bring to the Sounddelivery Media trustee board as our new Trustee with financial experience.  

If you have any questions, please email them to harrison.emma@gmail.com and we will respond as quickly as we can. 

Key dates

Closing date: Tuesday 19th March 2024 at 12pm

Interviews: Week commencing 25th March 2023

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