Role Profile – Finance Trustee / Honorary Treasurer

The Finance Trustee is being appointed with the intention of taking on the Honorary Treasurer role in December 2021.  It is expected that the Finance Trustee will therefore have the skills and experience for the role of Treasurer as set out below:

Role Overview

It is unthinkable that anyone should have to suffer bereavement alone.  Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

The Board of Trustees’ key role is to ensure Cruse Bereavement Care has a relevant strategy in place to deliver Cruse’s charitable purpose of supporting bereaved people. The Board of Trustees oversees the performance of the charity and its governance to ensure the strategy is being delivered and all charity and company duties are being met in line with best practice governance and stewardship.  We are looking for new Trustees to enhance our diverse and committed Board and ensure that we can continue to support all bereaved people.

Reporting Relationship

You will report to the Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care and you will receive line management support from the Chair.

Key responsibilities – general to all Trustees

  • Ensuring that Cruse pursues its purpose of supporting bereaved people, as defined in its governing document, by developing, agreeing and monitoring a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that Cruse complies with its governing documents, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that Cruse applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable purposes for the benefit of the public
  • Ensuring that Cruse has clear goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of Cruse
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of Cruse, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of Cruse
  • Protecting and managing the property of Cruse and ensuring the proper investment of Cruse’s funds
  • Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive

Key responsibilities – Honorary Treasurer

  • Observing the financial administration of Cruse and reporting to the Board of Trustees, in compliance with its governing document
  • Overseeing Cruse’s financial risk-management process
  • Board level liaison with the external auditors on specific issues
  • Acting as a counter co-signer on applications to funders, as required

Key duties – Honorary Treasurer

  • Overseeing internal management accounts, budgets and annual financial statements to the Board of Trustees
  • Ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are efficiently spent and invested
  • Chairing the Audit & Finance sub-committee (which has responsibility for ongoing monitoring of financial performance and considering the long-term financial strategy) and reporting back to the Trustees. The Finance Trustee will attend these meetings and Chair them in the Treasurer’s absence
  • Monitoring and advising on the financial sustainability of Cruse
  • Overseeing the execution of and monitoring of Cruse’s financial systems
  • Advising on the financial effects of the strategic plan
  • Reviewing value for money arrangements
  • Reviewing measures ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and leading on risk management
  • Overseeing the annual audit and work of external auditors
  • Ensuring there is a framework for accountability
  • Liaising with relevant senior leadership staff and volunteers about financial matters

Person Specification – Honorary Treasurer

  • A qualified accountant
  • A commitment to the aims and values of Cruse
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An ability to deal with difficult and complex issues, and to talk about death and bereavement
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Tenure and Status

3 years’ initial tenure with an option for 3 further years. This role is not subject to the provisions of employment law. The Finance Trustee will take on the role of Honorary Treasurer from December 2021, when the incumbent Treasurer steps down from completing their tenure.

Time commitment

Trustees will attend Board meetings (usually 4 a year), with the Treasurer/Finance Trustee also Chairing/ attending the Board’s Audit & Finance sub-committee (3 times a year), plus a strategy day, the National Conference and the AGM.  Additional time will be required for reading papers and 1:1 meetings as required with the Chief Executive or the Finance Director. The Board is meeting remotely at present due to Covid-19 and calendar dates for meetings in 2021 will be published imminently.