Ships and seafarers touch our lives like no other group of individuals and are largely invisible from us as they ply the oceans every day to bring us 90% of our daily necessities. To bring us our supplies seafarers navigate treacherous weather conditions and are separated from their homes and families for long periods. They often experience isolation, impacting their mental health. They can be abandoned by irresponsible ship owners, and they can be jailed through no fault of their own.
The Mission to Seafarers has been helping bring practical, emotional, and spiritual support to seafarers and their families since 1856. We are well established and well-known throughout the maritime world. Across our nine regions, our network of 200 port operations in 50 countries with 121 Flying Angel Centres provides emergency assistance and the hand of friendship to those who find themselves lonely and isolated in a foreign port.
The Charity is led by a high calibre Board of Trustees who are prominent leaders with wide experience of the shipping industry, leading members of the clergy or industry leaders with relevant experience. The Board is led by the Chairman, Thomas Boardley, who has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime sector, including several years as Marine Director at Lloyds Register.
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.missiontoseafarers.org/
The Trustees provide appropriate oversight, strategic direction, expertise, support and contacts for the Mission’s work. It is expected that the Finance Trustee will also be available to provide advice to the Director of Finance as required. Trustees are responsible for providing appropriate oversight, governance and leadership to the charity in the pursuit of its strategies to fulfil its charitable purposes.
• Qualified accountant with demonstrable commercial awareness and knowledge.
• Qualifications and experience should be relevant to the UK financial reporting and regulatory environment.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience of charity funding and finance practices
• Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders.
• Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.
• A passion for and commitment to Mission to Seafarer’s’ vision, mission, ethos and values
To read more about the role, please download the Candidate Information Pack.
Terms and Conditions:
• Time commitment: Quarterly board meetings and audit and risk committee meetings, informal meetings and supporting the management team.
• Location: Meetings are hybrid, when in person they are held in London.
• Term of office: The term is three years plus the option of another 2 x 3 years.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this role, please ensure you provide:
• A comprehensive CV, including your recent achievements, and the details of two referees
• A supporting statement, addressing your motivations for applying. This should be no longer than one side of A4.
All applications should be sent to [email protected] with your full name and Mission to Seafarers in the subject heading.
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Melissa Baxter ([email protected] / 07789 985229).
Closing date for applications: Monday 14th November 2022
Interviews with Mission to Seafarers: Week commencing 28th November 2022.
We look forward to receiving your application.