Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (HACT) is seeking two new trustees, including a Treasurer
We are an ambitious and growing charity, seeking to recruit two new trustees to join our enthusiastic board. If you have the skills, knowledge, experience and time to commit to the governance of a growing charity, read on. Our Board is responsible for the good governance of HACT through the shaping of our strategy and oversight of our business to ensure it is sustainable for the future.
We are looking for a new Treasurer and would be interested in hearing from you if you are a qualified accountant with financial management experience and preferably have experience as a trustee or non-executive director. We are also seeking a second trustee to serve on the board; previous board experience is not as essential as experience in senior-level decision-making roles within an organisation.
This is an exciting time for HACT as we create our strategy for the next five years and grow our impact.
We are particularly interested in improving the diversity of our board and would welcome applications from people who are LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority, or disabled.
HACT partners with organisations across the housing sector to drive value for residents and communities through insight-led products and services which encourage innovation and foster collaboration.
We help them measure their social value, better understand the communities they serve and connect with like-minded organisations.
Being a member of the board
Board members are unpaid, but travel to meetings and other reasonable expenses can be claimed. During the pandemic, we have become used to board meetings taking place remotely and going forward we anticipate a hybrid way of working, with some board meetings face to face and others continuing via video call. Our board meetings are held once a quarter for two and a half hours. In between board meetings we hold board bite-size sessions which are voluntary with an opportunity to learn more detail about the work of HACT. Occasionally we convene board sub-working parties for special projects.
In addition to attending board meetings and preparing by reading the board pack, we also have two strategy days per year which members are expected to attend.
The Treasurer works in close cooperation with and provides support and advice to, the Managing Director and relevant staff.
The Treasurer is a member of the Finance & Performance Committee, which is held quarterly ahead of the board meeting. The Treasurer uses their skill and expertise to ensure the board is informed about its financial duties and responsibilities and provides guidance and advice in the approval of budgets, accounts, and financial statements. The Treasurer is also a Director of HACT’s fully-owned trading subsidiary, HACT Housing Action Ltd.
Board Officer responsibilities
Board Member’s first obligation is to ensure that HACT acts properly as a charity and is compliant at all times with its constitution and charity law. Board members are responsible for the setting and monitoring of HACT’s objectives and setting the strategy. Board is responsible for ensuring plans to achieve the objectives are in place, as well as ensuring budgets and audited accounts are approved to ensure HACT is a sustainable organisation.
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