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Board Vacancy - Treasurer, Braveheart Industries

Braveheart Industries is a registered Charity, established in 2014, creating pathways to employment for individuals with convictions. The charity has a focus across Scotland and established its first business in Glasgow through Street and Arrow, which currently operates two catering venues one at the Glasgow Dental School Café and a food truck at the Multiplex Building Site (Glasgow University, former Western Infirmary site). It is hoped to build on these in the future with other ventures.

Street and Arrow is geared to tackle barriers for those with criminal convictions, aiming to improve long-term job prospects of those most at risk in terms of re-offending alongside engagement with family and friends to make a deeper, lasting impact on local communities.

“Navigators” are central to the service and assist trainees with the soft skills of employment, as well as the practical skills required to succeed. Navigators have their own personal experience of the justice system, and are able to draw on life experience, adopting a peer support role. They are trained in mental health and addictions, as well as employability. On completion, Trainees are supported by Navigators into related areas of work. The Navigators work as a broker with existing partners to help individuals access real opportunities.

The Braveheart Industries Board are seeking to recruit a Treasurer to join our board. The Treasurer would work alongside the Chair, Secretary and other Directors to assist the continued success and development of the Street and Arrow business specifically and Braveheart Industries generally.

The treasurer has responsibilities to maintain an overview of Braveheart Industries activities, ensuring they remain sustainable and that we use our resources effectively to achieve the organisation’s aims. They also need to ensure BHI and its programmes maintain the highest level of financial governance and reporting.

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements to the board
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Liaising with staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate investment policy, and that there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims, objects and values of the charity
  • Monitoring the organisation’s investment activity and ensuring it is consistent with the organisation’s policies and legal responsibilities
  • Ensuring the accounts are prepared in accordance with financial best practice and meet the requirements of the regulators, funders and the relevant statutory bodies

• Ensuring the accounts are audited and any recommendations of the auditors are implemented appropriately

• Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities

• Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

• Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required

• Approval of trustee and chief executive expenses in the absence of the Chair

• Approving expenditure in accordance with bank and investment mandates and the organisation’s financial procedures manual

Time commitment

The treasurer is expected to attend board meetings in Glasgow approximately every 6-8 weeks for 3 hours. Additional time will be required for reading papers and preparing summaries for board.

Person Specification - The treasurer must have:

• A recognised financial qualification and relevant financial experience

• Experience of charity finance, including tax, and pension schemes

• A commitment to the mission of Braveheart Industries

• A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement

• Integrity

• Strategic vision

• Good, independent judgement

• An ability to think creatively

• A willingness to speak their mind

• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Braveheart Industries

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering letter describing your suitability for the role and any potential conflicts of interest to out Secretary, Tom Jackson. Equally, if you have any questions, call or email Tom:

Tom Jackson

thomas.jackson@glasgow.gov.uk

0141 287 0916

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