Lively Minds is an award-winning UK registered Charity working to get pre-schoolers in rural Ghana and Uganda school-ready. One of the main barriers to school-readiness is that parents in remote communities lack the information, education and aspiration to provide basic and cheap opportunities for their children. Our behaviour change programme empowers uneducated & marginalised Mothers to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources. The charity is proud that it has been proven through a randomised control trial to improve children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development and to reduce child acute malnutrition. These are exciting times for Lively Minds. The Government of Ghana have adopted the Lively Minds programme and we are now supporting them to scale it to over 4000 communities. We are also seeking to develop a similar partnership and scale-up strategy in Uganda. We plan to expand to other countries too over the next few years and are also exploring how we can take on more of a thought leadership role in the global Early Childhood Development (ECD) space. Lively Minds is supported to deliver in its mission by a selection of well-respected international innovation funders.
The Treasurer will play a vital governance and support role in helping us achieve these goals and will join a skilled, diverse and friendly Board.
– Monitoring the financial standing of the charity and reporting to the Board on cash-flow forecasting, income streams, out-going expenses and the overarching strategic management of Lively Minds’ # and its financial resources.
– Overseeing Lively Minds’ financial risk-management process and reporting financial health to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals.
– Ensuring that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
– Liaising with external auditors on financial issues and ensuring that Lively Minds’ finances are responsibly managed for the benefit of its work and for the beneficiaries it serves.
– Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
- Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or other CCAB Recognised Body).
- Significant accounting experience and demonstrable commercial awareness.
- Knowledge of or a willingness to learn charity SORP and impending changes.
- Competent use of IT skills.
- Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders in a simple and compelling manner.
- Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Good communication and leadership skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices.
- Dedicated to Lively Minds’ cause and objectives and willing to act as its ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.
- A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.
- Knowledge and experience of Africa
Time Commitment and location
· The Board meets at least 4 times a year and operates on a hybrid basis. # In-person meetings are held at various venues in central London with additional remote meetings held by Zoom/Microsoft Teams.
Application details on the Trustees Unlimited website.