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Honorary Treasurer

Organisation
The International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)
Post date
27 March 2018
Closing date
30 April 2018
Contact email
richard.carling@togetherforshortlives.org.uk

ICPCN Mission Statement

To achieve worldwide the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life limiting illnesses, their families and carers irrespective of race, religion, geography, disease, disability or gender, through networking, advocacy, information sharing, education and research.

Role Description

Primary Objective of the Treasurer Role

To provide the public face of stewardship of the financial assets of the charity. To provide advice and information to the trustees on their financial stewardship responsibilities. Act as the leading interface between Trustees and management on financial matters.

Main Tasks:

  • On behalf of the Board to ensure that the organisation’s financial obligations are met.  Ensure there are financial protocols in place and an appropriate framework for delegation of decision making.
  • In conjunction with the Chair / Vice Chair to lead the Board in ensuring it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation.
  • In conjunction with the Chair / Vice Chair to optimise the relationship between the Board and ICPCN staff.

Main Duties:

Ensure that the organisation’s financial obligations are met

  • Guide and advise the trustees on the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial policy framework
  • To work with and support the Chief Executive and finance officer, in  the creation and maintenance of an appropriate financial policy framework .
  • Ensure that the financial policy framework is adhered to.
  • To advise the Board on the financial implications of its strategy and policy objectives.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Executive and Finance Officer to manage the process of appointment of Auditors or independent examiners to the organisation.
  • Ensure that there are appropriate policies for reserves and investments.
  • Keep trustees informed about their financial duties and responsibilities.
  • To work with the Chair / Vice Chair to ensure that the organisation has appropriate procedures in the areas of employment, management, strategy, health and safety and any other areas that are necessary or appropriate.
  • To ensure that an appropriate financial policy framework is in place to ensure the financial probity of the organisation, including, that clarifies the respective roles of trustees, Chief Executive and other staff.
  • To develop a close understanding of the key assumptions included in management’s medium-term financial plan and annual budget proposals. To provide advice to Trustees on these matters.
  • To advise Trustees on major financial issues which arise and which are outside the agreed boundaries of management authority, e.g. a proposed major new fundraising initiative or contract for service provision.
  • To develop an understanding of the key internal control features of the charity’s operations and ensure that the organisation’s financial integrity is sound.
  • To Chair the Finance and Resources Committee and attend any other Trustee Committee as designated by the Board.
  • Present the audited accounts at the charity’s annual general meetin

Ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulation

  • Ensure the organisation complies with all relevant laws and regulation, including the Companies Act and Charities Act in the UK.
  • File all necessary documents and returns on time with Companies House and the Charity Commission.
  • Inform all trustees about laws and regulations that they should be aware of and any action that they need to take.
  • Obtain expert advice where necessary from qualified solicitors or other appropriate advisers.

Person Specification: Honorary Treasurer

ICPCN requires a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who has the experience to be the Honorary Treasurer of the charity.

Experience

Essential

  • Ability to Chair Committees
  • Understanding and knowledge of Governance issues within Charity sector
  • Understanding of charity financial reporting requirements in the UK
  • Previous experience in the Voluntary /Not for profit sector and ideally with a children’s hospice

Desirable

  • Significant experience of senior management in business

Key Competences

Essential

  • Credibility
  • Judgement and decisiveness

Skills

Essential

  • Accountant qualified with a CCAB recognised body
  • Negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sound leadership skills
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