Trustee (Finance)

England Permanent
  • Join the board of a leading children's charity
  • Barnardo's has recently undergone a dynamic rebrand

About Our Client

Barnardo's make sure children, young people feel safer, happier, healthier and more hopeful, by running over 800 specialist services across the UK, and campaigning to change the way the system works for the better. They have been changing childhoods and changing lives for over 150 years, and they will be here for as long as they are needed. Barnardo's are proud to be the UK's largest children's charity - reaching over 350,000 children, parents and carers every year.

In the financial year of 2022-23 their total income was £315.3 million.  

Job Description

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the Charity, its sound administration and the advancement of its charitable purposes.

Key Responsibilities

  • The strategic direction and development of the Charity through good governance and planning.
  • The sound administration of the Charity in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements and the Charity's Articles of Association.
  • Safeguarding and protecting the assets of the Charity, ensuring robust systems for internal financial control, investment and the protection of the Charity's assets.
  • Exercising reasonable care, skill, diligence and independent judgement, taking appropriate advice when necessary.
  • Acting in the best interests of the Charity and using the resources of the Charity to promote the Charity's success and further its charitable purposes.
  • Avoid conflicts between personal interests and loyalties and those of the Charity.

Specific duties

  • Agree the mission, vision and values for the Charity.
  • Abide by the Code of Conduct for Trustees and Barnardo's EDI Code of Conduct.
  • Set overall strategy and policies for key Barnardo's activities and ensure implementation by regular monitoring for impact and effectiveness.
  • Oversee risk management and set the risk appetite.
  • Make senior executive appointments, including the CEO and delegate powers as appropriate to the Chief Executive and their team.
  • Contribute specific skills, interests and contacts to the Charity; participate in at least one Board Committee.
  • Assist the Executive team in managing relationships with key external stakeholders and in raising the Charity's visibility and profile.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality about all aspects of the trustees' business.
  • Participate in individual and Board / Committee performance reviews.
  • Ensure sufficient preparation and active participation in meetings and engagement in the Charity's activities and events.

This role will deputise for the Treasurer if required.

The Successful Applicant

  • A qualified accountant with recent and relevant financial experience in a senior role in an organisation of comparable scale, e.g. as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing guidance, challenge and support to senior finance management.
  • Strong business acumen with significant experience of financial leadership.
  • A working knowledge of the principles of quality assurance, risk management and internal and external audit.

Personal attributes:

  • A high degree of personal and professional credibility.
  • An excellent communicator who is able to address complex financial matters with fellow finance professionals and lay people alike.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage people of all ages, levels, backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Model the values and behaviours set out in the Barnardo's Trustees' Code of Conduct and EDI Code of Conduct.
  • Strategic vision and ability to think creatively.
  • A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, together Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • A passion for and commitment to Barnardo's mission, vision and values.


What's on Offer

This is a voluntary and unpaid position and can be based anywhere in the UK. 

Trustees are asked for a time commitment of around 20 days a year. The principal commitments are attendance at Trustee meetings (a minimum of four per year) plus a residential strategy day with the Corporate Leadership Team (usually combined with a quarterly Trustees' meeting) and membership of 1-2 committees which meet on a quarterly basis (meetings lasting between 1 - 2 hours) and preparation for these meetings.

Travel costs will be paid. 

Terms of appointment

Trustees are appointed by the Charity's members for a three-year renewable term.

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