Trustee with finance expertise

Early Education is an incorporated charity and UK-wide membership organisation which promotes high quality early childhood education and supports early years practitioners throughout the UK. Our small staff team is based in St Albans.  

We seek a trustee with previous experience in financial management to strengthen the skills base of our Board.  Experience of obtaining grants, marketing and communications and/or human resources would be an advantage.  Experience as a charity trustee is desirable, but financial experience is more important.  

You will support the Board of Trustees and Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP) in scrutinising the charity’s financial affairs.  There may be opportunities to transition into the role of Treasurer at a later date for the right candidate. 

The Board meets four times a year, as does F&GP; you should able to commit to attending these meeting (currently all held online, but with the intention of returning to some face to face meetings when possible) and undertaking the general duties of a trustees.

We are keen to increase the diversity of the Board, and therefore would particularly welcome applications from men, and people from minority ethnic communities.

Job description:

  • to be a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • to work with and support the Treasurer to ensure that adequate financial controls are in place and that the organisation operates within a sound financial framework
  • to work with and support the Treasurer and senior staff who have responsibility for financial matters, in order to be satisfied that the financial information presented is comprehensive and accurate

What are we looking for?

Candidates must demonstrate:

  • commitment to the organisation with willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to perform an effective role
  • sound financial skills and experience and ideally knowledge of HR, grant applications and/or marketing and communications
  • the ability to communicate complex financial information clearly and without unnecessary jargon
  • strategic vision and ability to think creatively
  • understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • good, independent judgement
  • tact and diplomacy, impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • good communication and interpersonal skills

What difference will you make?

Early Education is a small charity with a big impact.  We seek to influence government policy on early childhood education, and we also provide a vital source of expert support to practitioners and teachers working with our youngest children, especially in areas of deprivation.  Like most small charities we are operating in challenging financial conditions, and maintaining the financial health of the organisation is vital.  Increasing the financial skills of our Board of Trustees will enable us to reach our centenary as an organisation in five years time in good financial health – and then to continue our work for many more years.

Before you apply

To apply please write and tell us how you match the fit the person specification and job description and what you would do for Early Education. Your application should be no more than two sides of A4 with the details of two referees.