Finance Trustees (Board Members)
At Christian Aid, we believe that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their lives. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.
Created by British and Irish churches in 1945, and owned by our 41 sponsoring churches, Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root cause. Our work is based on our fundamental identification with the aspirations and rights of the poor and the oppressed. We act in situations of suffering and injustice because we believe that they violate God’s standards, and devalue us all.
Christian Aid operates through an incorporated charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales and with Companies House. There are various subsidiary and connected charities which support us.
About the role
The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategy and policy framework of Christian Aid, determining direction and goals; protecting and promoting the identity and values of the charity; and fulfilling our statutory responsibilities.
It collectively holds the Chief Executive and other directors (senior management) accountable, providing constructive challenge where necessary, reporting to the Sponsoring Churches at the Annual General Meeting and promoting Christian Aid externally.
The Board delegates certain functions to committees of trustees, including a finance, fundraising and investment committee and an audit and risk committee.
The finance, fundraising and investment committee reviews the annual plans and budget, investment in and performance of fundraising, key financial policies, pension funding and the performance of Christian Aid’s investment managers.
The audit and risk committee reviews reports from external and internal auditors, commissions special investigations and advises the Board on risk management.
The current chairs of both committees are due to retire in 2018 and the Board is seeking successors. As a finance trustee, you will be expected to serve on and potentially chair one of the above-mentioned subcommittees.
If you have a professional background in accountancy/financial management and are inspired by faith to volunteer at senior level for a leading Christian charity operating in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in 37 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, then this role could be the perfect role for you.
Board members are expected to be active Christians so as to help lead, direct and develop Christian Aid as the Churches’ agency for international development and poverty eradication. Christian Aid values diversity in its Board and welcomes people from all sections of the Christian community.
As a trustee, you will be appointed for an initial four year term, and are eligible to be re-appointed for further terms of office, limited to a maximum of eight consecutive years.
To apply for this role please upload your CV and supporting cover letter on our e-recruitment system.
Trusteeship is voluntary with no salary payable, however reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
For further information please visit our website.
Important information: All of our volunteering opportunities are based in the UK and requires applicants to have a visa that allows them to volunteer in the UK.