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Finance & Governance Trustee

England, United Kingdom (Hybrid)
London, Greater London
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Job description

We are looking for an experienced finance professional with an understanding of charity accounting procedures and governance to join our Board of Trustees*. You will help ensure we provide the best possible future for our beneficiaries in the next phase of their lives.

We are a Charity with secure funding in place for the lifetime of our beneficiaries. A recent Independent Governance review reflected the high level of skills and experience of our Board and excellent standards of governance.

The Thalidomide Trust is a unique organisation supporting 430 beneficiaries, now all in their 60s, born with disabilities as a result of their mother taking the drug, thalidomide, during pregnancy. Their physical disabilities include limb damage, hearing and visual impairment, brain and sensory impairment and damage to internal organs. They are a remarkable group of people, who have achieved a great deal despite often living with extreme levels of disability.

Our beneficiaries have very complex and varied needs which are increasing as they age.  The Trustees provide effective governance and oversight to ensure the Trust understands these needs and has adequate and well-managed resources to meet them.  

You will bring the following skills and experience to the role:

  • Professional accountancy qualification and strong technical accounting skills.
  • Understanding of the principles of investment management.
  • Experience of working in a senior financial position
  • Good current knowledge of charity accounting processes and reporting requirements.
  • Sound current knowledge of Charity Law and Charity Governance frameworks.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and an ability to develop positive relationships with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Experience of monitoring investment performance is desirable but not essential. However, you should be willing to learn new skills and be able to devote approximately 15 to 20 days per annum to the Trust – within this time specifically be available to attend three full day Board meetings, at least four half-day Finance Committee meetings and one beneficiary event each year.

This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

We particularly welcome applications from the BAME community and people living with disabilities.


Closing date: 9am on Monday 24 June 2024

Date for interview: 22 July 2024 (in Central London)

*Following a restructuring exercise in January 2018, your formal title will be a Director of the Thalidomide Trust Company. However, you will operate as a charitable trustee and will be governed by the Charity Commission.





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The Thalidomide Trust View profile Company size Size:
Refreshed on: 07 June 2024
Closing date: 24 June 2024 at 09:00
Tags: Finance, Trustees, Governance

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