Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group Trustee Treasurer
In addition to the general duties of a trustee, the Treasurer has particular responsibilities for maintaining an overview of GDWG’s activities, ensuring they remain sustainable and that resources are used effectively to achieve the organisation’s aims. They also need to ensure that GDWG maintains the highest level of financial governance and reporting.
Duties as Trustee
- Ensure that GDWG complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- Ensure that GDWG pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
- Ensure GDWG applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
- Contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving strategic direction to GDWG, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- Safeguard the good name and values of GDWG
- Ensure the financial stability of GDWG
Main duties as Treasurer
- Ensure that the Board of Trustees fulfils its financial responsibilities and the charity continues to be financially viable
- Provide financial information to staff, trustees and members (especially management and statutory accounts)
- Support the Director in preparing budgets and forecasts
- that appropriate financial policies, accounting procedures and controls are in place
- on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
- the accounts are independently examined or audited as required and any recommendations of the examiners/ auditors are implemented appropriately
- the statutory accounts to members at the Annual General Meeting
- financial and governance tasks as required
A recognised accountancy qualification
Strong technical financial and analytical skills
The time commitment required to ensure due diligence in all things financial
The ability to have an overview of an organisation not only from the financial perspective
Some understanding of the responsibilities and legal duties of a trustee
Commitment to and empathy for the mission and ethos of GDWG
The ability to work as a member of a team by contributing to the effective working of the Board
Good independent judgement for the benefit of GDWG
The ability to speak openly but also accept the majority decisions of the Board
Integrity in all things
Some experience of other charities
Some understanding of the sector in which GDWG operates
Some experience of trusteeship
Some understanding of the Detention Estate and/or willingness to learn
The number and frequency of meetings varies depends on the circumstances, but there are normally 4 meetings of the Board of Trustees each year, lasting 2-3 hours each. They are held at GDWG’s offices in Crawley on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings, or by electronic means (eg Zoom)
Additional time will be required for reading papers and meetings as required with the Director, bookkeeper, other Trustees and staff
The new treasurer will receive a full induction and should expect to allocate half a day for this in Crawley
We estimate that the average minimum time commitment required will be 2 days a month
This is a voluntary role and Trustees receive no remuneration. Reasonable expenses can be claimed, in line with GDWG’s expenses policy, for attendance at board and other meetings and events necessary for the fulfilment of the Treasurer’s duties.
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to the Chair of the Board, Marie Dewson, who is happy to answer any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Background on Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
For over 25 years, GDWG has provided practical and emotional support to people detained in two immigration removal centres at Gatwick through the work of volunteer befrienders, supported by an office team of seven people. We are committed to befriending and improving life for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Some of our beneficiaries are recent arrivals to the UK, often speaking little or no English, while others have lived here for many years or were even born here. In all cases, they are facing a hostile environment where caring and compassion are often in short supply. It is our work to reach out to them.
Our Refugee Tales project takes its inspiration from The Canterbury Tales and features walking and storytelling to call for changes and improvements to detention policy and practice. Our parliamentary work enables individuals who have lived experience of detention to speak to politicians and people of influence and to call for an end to indefinite detention.
Covid-19 has created new operational challenges for us as we work from home to help former detainees living in the community with insufficient help from other sources. Unable to meet our beneficiaries or fellow staff and volunteers in person, we have adapted into new ways of working using technology. We are prudently managed, with adequate reserves and a range of supportive funders, large and small.
We work to create a culture of inclusion and we believe that we learn better together with a diverse team. We welcome the contributions of people from any background.
The Board of Trustees, who have the ultimate responsibility for the legal and efficient running of the charity, meet four times a year with occasional extra meetings.
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