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Lead Finance Trustee

Girls Rock London
London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

Our mission is to amplify the voices of girls, women, trans and non-binary people through music. We are looking for potential trustees who can support this work.

This is an opportunity to join a grassroots feminist charity, have meaningful input into the work that we do, and provide support to the staff and volunteer team who deliver our activities. You will be part of a welcoming, friendly team, and you will also join the wider Girls Rock London community – a vibrant and supportive network of girls, women, and young and adult trans and non-binary people, committed to amplifying the voices of those on the margins through music.

As a Board Member, you will have oversight of the organisation’s work across a range of different areas, from finance to programming, health and safety to staff support, and fundraising to pay policy. We are looking for folk who will enjoy this variety, and who are willing to learn about the context in which small charities operate and respond proactively to what the charity needs. As an organisation with a tiny staff team, trustees at Girls Rock London have a more hands-on role than they do in larger charities.

We are specifically looking to recruit a Trustee with expertise in financial management who will work with the Director to ensure the monitor the organisation’s finances and to make sure that money and property are properly managed. 

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee (found in the job pack on our website, which is linked in this advert) , the Lead Finance Trustee would also have the following responsibilities:- 

Principal responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Working with the Director to:
    • Ensure proper systems are in place for financial reporting to Trustees
    • Oversee and monitor procedures to reduce the risk of fraud; 
    • Keep Trustees properly informed about the state of the organisation’s finances; 
    • Ensure accounts and other financial reports are produced in the proper form and on time as required by other bodies (such as the Charity Commission);
    • Oversee the organisation’s financial risk-management process and report financial health to the board of trustees at regular intervals.
    Act as a counter signatory for online banking and applications to funders.
    Be on the HR & Finance subcommitte, scrutinising the organisation’s financial information and working with the Director and Sub-committee to present financial information at Trustee meetings for Board approval where needed.

Person Specification 

  • Financial management expertise and a strong understanding of charity finance issues
  • Ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders, who may not be experts in finance
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement

Time commitment  

  • Four Board meetings per year (weekday evenings, 2 hours usually hosted online or a centrally convenient London location)  
  • Attendance at regular HR & Finance sub-committee meetings and activities (meetings are arranged independently by sub-committees and take place online, usually for one hour approximately 2-4 times a year.)
  • Ad hoc advice and support to staff, by telephone or in person.

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