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Treasurer/Finance Trustee

Co-op Homes (part of Richmond Housing Partnership)
Ipswich, Suffolk
Voluntary Role
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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ACT has been operating for over 50 years across Suffolk and the surrounding areas. Originally providing supported housing for offenders upon their release from prison, our services have expanded to help an increasing number of vulnerable people within our community.

Initially, we provided supported housing and helped people back into education and employment. Over time, we have expanded our services to help vulnerable people in the community in many different ways. We now have over 120 staff and more than 275 volunteers who are an essential part of our workforce as many of our services could not run without our volunteers. We operate across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex and are governed by an amazing board of Trustees who also voluntarily give their time.

Essentially, our services fall into four main categories:

  • Helping people to keep a roof over their heads 
  • Helping people to stay safe 
  • Helping people to be heard 
  • Helping people with their health and wellbeing

Treasurer/Finance Trustee

We are looking for a new Board member to act as Treasurer/Finance Trustee to maintain effective governance of the organisation’s financial affairs ensuring its financial viability and to help develop and oversee our current strategic plan as we navigate a challenging external environment. Whilst this role is a voluntary position, you’ll have the satisfaction of joining a dynamic organisation, passionate about making a lasting difference to lives and communities. We want someone who shares our vision and values.

We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills, as well as lived experience of any of the issues our clients face, and we are particularly seeking people with these broad skill sets at this time:

  • Audit and/or Accountancy experience
  • A solid understanding of Charity Accounting practices

We are committed to ensuring that our Board remains diverse and reflects our workforce and the communities we serve, so we are keen to find candidates from a broad range of diverse backgrounds. A full induction and training programme will be provided, including being buddied up with an existing Trustee depending on your areas of interest and learning.

Person Specification

Core competencies

  • Able to contribute effectively to the work of the Board, providing appropriate strategic oversight and scrutiny of the organisation’s work.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, able to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Strategic thinking, able to analyse complex information, demonstrate clear analytical intellect and guide rational decision-making.
  • Ability to proactively support the values of ACT.

Knowledge and experience

  • Governance experience or knowledge of good governance practice.
  • A strong track record in the finance sector, with empathy for our core client group.
  • Track record in, or understanding of, differentiation between strategic governance and operational.

Eastside People is supporting ACT in the recruitment of these roles. Please ensure you download and read the Candidate Pack for full details of the role. To apply please submit your CV and a cover letter, which should indicate why you are interested in applying for this role and how you meet the selection criteria. 

If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Lucinda Shaw, to arrange a convenient time. Having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of your application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22 July and longlisting interviews, held by Eastside People, will take place the following week. Interviews with ACT for shortlisted candidates will be held the week beginning 29 July and successful candidates will be asked to attend a board meeting on 30 September as the final part of the recruitment process.


We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability, and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help make the application process work for you.


Statement on diversity

We are looking for people who can be ACT advocates and will be committed to our mission and approach. Our approach to diversity supports everything else we are committed to do and we expect all our Board members to demonstrate a personal commitment to equality and diversity, social justice and inclusion. We are looking to increase the diversity of our Board as our Board needs to be as diverse as our colleagues and clients. We also know that people from different backgrounds bring perspectives and skills that create fresh ideas, thinking and approaches, making the way work is undertaken more effective and efficient. 

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