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Parallel Histories
United Kingdom
Closing date
16 Mar 2024

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Charity and not for profit, Education, Board trustees
Salary band
Part Time
Where will they be working?
From home

Parallel Histories is recruiting a volunteer Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. We’re looking for candidates willing to roll their sleeves up and help the board as we triple our operations in the next two years.

In an increasingly polarised age, Parallel Histories helps students to study conflict by immersing them in sources from both sides and debating interpretations with each other before forming their own opinion. To do this, we:

  • Create educational resources: We’ve created full schemes of work and one-off resources on Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, the Union and great leaders.
  • Train teachers: We prepare teachers to teach conflict by training them to engage in conflict without accusations of bias, run debates, and use our resources.
  • Run school debates: We organise online and in-person debates that bring together schools to explore conflict and build oracy skills in a supportive educational environment. We create resources, train teachers and run debates to help students walk in each sides’ shoes and form their own views. Why? So students build skills to study history and become active citizens in healthy democracy.

Since our launch in 2017, we’ve proven our approach: our resources are used in 1 in 7 UK secondary schools by 45,000 students.

It’s now time to scale. In the next two years, we want to triple our operations: grow our staff team from 5-10, reach 1 in 2 UK secondary schools and broaden our resources for schools. That’s why we’re looking for an outstanding trustee to join us as Treasurer.


Our Achievements


  • We work with 1007 schools working, growing 80% annually

  • Our classroom resources have been used by 45,000 students

  • Over 2500 students have benefited from debating workshops

  • Our resources have been downloaded 120,000 times

  • We’ve trained 500 teachers to teach conflict in their schools

  • Our work has been featured in the Guardian, BBC, The Jewish Chronicle, Arab Weekly, TES, and The Irish Times

  • We’ve raised over £500k in the last six years to grow the charity


Job Description

General Responsibilities


In addition to the responsibilities outlined in The Charity Commission’s The Essential Trustee: what you need to know, as a trustee you will be expected to:

  • Attend board meetings (minimum of 4 times a year)

  • Give firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and targets and evaluating performance

  • Ensure that Parallel Histories pursues its charitable objectives and complies with its governing document and relevant legislation or regulations

  • Appoint and support the employees and monitoring their performance

  • Represent Parallel Histories at events

Specific Responsibilities

As Treasurer, you will also be expected to:

  • Take an operational role, running our payroll and pension scheme, maintain records of Gift Aid, monthly reconciliation, reporting to HMRC
  • Oversee Parallel Histories’s financial affairs, ensuring our ongoing financial viability and compliance with legal and constitutional obligations

  • Ensure that effective and appropriate financial procedures and controls are in place

  • Work with the leadership team to monitor and report on PH’s financial health at quarterly Board meetings

  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees understands and complies with their financial obligations, and guide the Board in their financial appraisal of Parallel Histories

  • ●  Oversee the production of our annual accounts, multi-year budget forecasts etc

As Treasurer you’ll have:

  • Chartered Accountant status

  • Commitment to our vision and mission

  • Strategic vision and good, independent, critical judgement

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis

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