Who we are
The East of England Agricultural Society promotes agriculture and rural life in the region.
The overall role is to be the trustee with a financial background that maintains an overview of the organisations financial affairs, ensure its financial viability and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. Working closely with the Chair, Chief Executive and Financial Director.
In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, duties include the following:
• Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs. This currently also encompasses monitoring the financial aspects of the present land sale agreement in place with AEPG to ensure the Society achieves the desired outcome.
• Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy.
• Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
• Liaising with any paid staff and volunteers about financial matters.
• Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans.
• Work with the Investment Committee to propose investment return targets and guidelines for approval by Board and to provide the basis for budgeting and ensure there is an appropriate investment policy.
• Working with the Audit & Risk Committee ensuring that the accounts are prepared anddisclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies, for example the Charity Commission and/or the Registrar of Companies.
• Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.
• Liaising with the Financial Director to agree a formal presentation of the accounts at the AGM and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way.
• Membership of the Audit and Risk Committee to ensure the Society has the required financial control systems and staff and that they operate effectively.
In addition to the person specification for a trustee, the applicant should have the following qualities:
• Financial qualifications and experience at a senior level.
• Some experience of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes is desireable.
• The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences.
• Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the board and other stakeholders.
• Being prepared to make unpopular recommendations to the board.
• A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.
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