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Lead Finance Trustee

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08 November 2021

Lead Finance Trustee

Application deadline: Monday 29 November, 5pm. 

  • Position
    Part-time (approximately 18-20 days a year). The position is unpaid yet reasonable expenses such as travel, overnight accommodation and childcare for meetings are provided.
  • Term
    Trustees will be appointed to the Board for three years, but can step down after two years. Trustees can seek reappointment after three years, but cannot stay in the role for more than nine years in a row.
  • Location
    From 2022 we aim for Board meetings to be half face-to-face and half virtual. Where in person, Board meetings are held at the YoungMinds office in London, SE1 2ND.

Being a YoungMinds Trustee

Our trustees are vital volunteers working together to steer the charity to meet the needs of young people.  They work alongside our CEO and Senior Leadership Team and empower them to take responsibility for delivering our You Matter Strategy and the day-to-day running of the charity. They also have a vital responsibility for the charity’s success or failure. Trustees oversee everything a charity does, from setting its strategy to being responsible for its work and finances.  

YoungMinds has gone through a period of rapid growth, and last year continued to increase income at a time when many other charities were struggling. We hope to continue to grow, expanding both our services and the infrastructure needed to support a larger charity.

Furthermore, the pandemic has meant that we have never been needed more and must ensure that young people are able to get the support they need and deserve.  We have a clear purpose and strategy to continue to grow significantly in our reach and impact, scaling this further into the future. 

We are now recruiting for a Lead Finance trustee as our current lead steps down.

Watch our webinar, 'Roles and responsibilities of being a Trustee' to find out more. 

About the role

Our Lead Finance Trustee is a critical role in ensuring we are using our finances to meet our mission, purpose and legal requirements.

This role is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, a Non-Executive Director of the charity’s trading subsidiary, as well as sitting on the Board of trustees. It works closely with the Chair of the Board and fellow members of the Audit & Risk Committee to ensure appropriate scrutiny and oversight of the charity’s finances, in compliance with the charity’s governing document.

The role leads on oversight of the financial viability of the charity and its strategic plans, as well as key policies and assurances that the appropriate systems and controls are adopted. Integral to this is the productive working with the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and Financial Controller in monitoring the financial administration of the charity and reporting to the Board of trustees.

This responsibility of this role sits in addition to wider trustee responsibilities and therefore we are seeking someone able to commit to an anticipated total of 18 to 20 days a year to support this.   

For full details of the role, including the skills and experience we are looking for, please take a look at the role pack. We hope this will give you a clear insight into what we are looking for and inspire you to apply.

Download the Lead Finance Trustee Role Pack

Who we are

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. To learn more about us please take a look at our webinar 'an introduction to YoungMinds'. 

To stop young people's mental health reaching crisis point.

Every young person whose mental health ends up in crisis is a young person who has been failed. We know that the earlier young people can access the right help, the more likely it is that they can avoid these crises.

A world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

We want to see a world where every young person who is struggling feels able to reach out, and has people and services around them who can really help.

To make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Whether they need a reassuring conversation, specialist mental health support, or simply the knowledge that they are not alone in how they are feeling, we will make sure that all young people get support that meets them where they're at as quickly as possible.

One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself.” We are committed to reaching as diverse a group of applicants as we can and would particularly welcome applications from people from communities that are under-represented in our sector, including those from black and minoritised communities and disabled people.

How to apply

The application has two parts to it.

Firstly, a set of questions to give us a sense of your interest and what you could bring to the organisation as a Trustee.

Secondly, we ask you to send alongside this an updated CV. We will then use these to do the final shortlisting for those to invite to interview.

To apply, please:

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and one thing that makes you want to take on the role of trustee with us right now?

  2. Please outline your financial experience and transferable expertise and how you would see yourself contributing these as Lead Finance Trustee.

  3. What do you feel are some of the key financial risks in a high growth business that might be relevant to a charity like YoungMinds as it continues to grow? Please touch on a few suggestions on how we manage these.

  4. What would be your approach to building and maintaining a productive and strong relationship with the Financial Controller, Director of Finance & Business Operation and Director of Development?

  5. From your own experience, what makes for effective team working and how would you hope to support and be part of the Board of trustees and enable it to be really impactful?

Please don’t feel you need to spend hours or write an essay – this is just to get a sense of you and what’d you’d bring to the role. As an indication, your total response to these questions should be about two sides of a word document, a slide per question, or a four- to five-minute video or audio clip.

Please send your response to the questions, your CV and completed Self-Identification and Personal Information and Reference forms by email to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 29 November.

Please clearly state Lead Finance Trustee in the subject of the email.

What happens next?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to formal interview with a panel made up of trustees, relevant staff and a member of our Youth Panel anticipated to take place 17 December 2021.

Selected candidates will be taken through to a further stage of informal meetings with our Chair and Director of Development.

It is envisaged that all interviews will be virtual.

Due to the nature of the work we do, before starting with YoungMinds, the following checks are carried out:

  • Reference check: All job offers are conditional on the receipt of satisfactory references
  • We ask our Trustees to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. A previous conviction will not necessarily prevent you from joining YoungMinds. Youngminds is committed to treating all applicants fairly.
  • Identity check: We are also obliged to confirm your identity and obtain proof of your right to work in the UK.

Induction for the successful applicant will take place from January onwards and new trustees would be invited to attend the Board meeting on 3 February 2022, 4-7pm, taking place in person at our office. 

It is anticipated that based upon the selection timeline and necessary checks above, that the individual will be formally appointed at the subsequent Board meeting on 31 March 2022, 4pm-7pm, which will take place virtually.

If you have any queries about the role or how to apply, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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