PDA Society is a small charity that has an impact much larger than our balance sheet would suggest is possible and we are currently looking to recruit a treasurer to our board.
We moved to having a paid staff team less than two years ago, which is a huge change in our financial obligations. The first 4 years of paying employees is a hugely challenging time for a new charity – but it is also exciting as it allows us to focus on exactly the charity we want to be as we grow.
Our board of trustees are jointly responsible for ensuring that it is possible to maintain and grow our impact, and alongside governance responsibilities currently that means:
-Ensuring we are focusing our energy & resources where they will have the greatest impact for PDA people and those that care about them.
-Having a realistic plan to bring in income to cover our costs in the short term.
-Modelling what a sustainable organisation looks like in the medium to long term and how that will be resourced.
-Being actively involved in advocating for better understanding of and support for PDA people, and offering guidance and support to the staff team in doing so.
We want trustees who care about PDA people, understand, and commit to PDA Society’s role in supporting them and are able to work with a small and effective staff team to deliver our objectives. All trustees are required to attend a minimum of six meetings annually, and two in person, with one away-day (usually held near Bedford). The treasurer also attends the finance and fundraising committee which meets at least quarterly and supports and challenges our CEO in preparing papers to ensure that trustees have the information and context they need to make sound financial decisions. Active engagement with the charity will add up to the equivalent of around 12 days p.a. – in and out of working hours. Much of our work is done by email or the trustee WhatsApp group.
We are seeking to improve, amongst other things, the diversity of the board to ensure that PDA Society’s board more accurately reflects the make-up of the people that we serve.