North Kensington Law Centre is looking for a Trustee Treasurer to join the Board. We want to provide the best possible strategic leadership and support to NKLC to really make an impact. We have recently celebrated 50 years of providing legal advice and representation to the local community and we want to make sure that we continue to do so for as long as there is need. Would you like to be part of that by providing financial expertise?
The Treasurer will work closely with the Chair, other Trustees and the Director to ensure that the Law Centre is pursuing its strategy and objectives through its financial strategy and management.
The main responsibilities are to:
- Lead on the Board’s duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept and financial resources are controlled, invested and economically spent in line with governance, legal and regulatory requirements;
- Prepare budgets, management accounts and annual financial statements for Board approval and prepare and present financial reports to the Board;
- Oversee the charity’s financial risk management and report on financial health to the Board at regular intervals;
- Help to ensure that the financial resources of the Law Centre meets its present and future needs and to lead in the development and implementation of appropriate financial reserves and cost management policies;
- Ensure that the Trustees are properly informed about their financial duties and responsibilities;
- Liaise with the external auditors on specific issues in the auditing process and related Board representations and ensure that the annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in time;
- Keep the Reserves Policy under review to ensure it is appropriate and provide advice to cope with changing circumstances.
We are looking for someone who will be experienced in the oversight and management of accounts, which may be demonstrated by a professional qualification or through experience. You should also have a knowledge and understanding of charity SORP (or a willingness to learn it).
We will expect you to be able to demonstrate a proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board. You should also have good financial analysis and communication skills.
It would be helpful if you already have experience of being a charity Trustee or Director and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices.
You could be the difference we need to make a greater impact. And if not you, what about your keen friend or colleague?
North Kensington Law Centre was the first Law Centre in the country and was set up primarily to provide access to specialist legal advice to impoverished communities to access justice to resolve issues such as homelessness, poor housing, employment problems, discrimination, etc through the provision of free legal advice and representation.
In July this year we celebrated our 50th birthday and we look forward to serving our community for another 50 years. As an organisation we have faced numerous challenges over the years but we remain committed to ensuring that marginalised communities and people are able to access high quality legal advice and we passionately believe that access to justice is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
You would be appointed as a Trustee and Director of the Law Centre.
The Board meets monthly (currently using Zoom). Trustees also volunteer to sit on task groups to develop particular initiatives and report back to the Board on progress. Between meetings, we ask that you make sure that you read papers that are sent to you, comment appropriately, participate in discussions and activities and follow through on your action points.
Trustee appointments are for an initial term of three years, renewable twice to a maximum term of nine years, when Trustees must stand down for at least a year before standing for re-election. This is part of our commitment to ensuring that the Board regenerates and remains fresh.
You can expect a warm and friendly welcome. Trustees, volunteers, and members have varied interests, experience and knowledge and you are bound to find yourself having all sorts of interesting discussions with kindred spirits, passionate about access to justice.
This is an excellent opportunity to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to the people of West London.
If you are interested in the role, please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in the position and what you think you can bring to the role to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or if you are not sure and an informal chat please call Annie on 02086199634 or e-mail email@example.com.
North Kensington Law Centre is committed to the spirit and the letter of the Equalities Act. We will increase the diversity of our Board by recruiting people with as wide a range of skills, life experiences and backgrounds as possible. We welcome applications from anyone, regardless of their race, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood, religion or belief, gender, age or sexual orientation.