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Crossroads Care Havering and Crossroads Care Redbridge, Epping & Harlow will be merging with effect from 1 April 2014. They both provide a range of services, both inside and outside the home, seven days a week at flexible times to meet the needs of individual carers and people cared for which give carers a break from their caring role and help them to maintain their own health and wellbeing. In addition to one-to-one personal care support, services include after school and Saturday clubs and day trips for children, social events for young adults, NHS continuing care, dementia support both in the home and in a group setting and a pathway re-enablement programme for stroke victims. Services are tailored to the individual needs of each carer and the person they care for.
The new Treasurer will be joining a board of trustees of a newly merged or about to be merged organisation. The carer service environment is changing rapidly under the ongoing severe funding pressure on local authorities and the health service. Merger will enable us to develop a business with an annual turnover in excess of £2m.
The successful applicant will oversee the integration and ongoing management of the Charity's financial affairs in line with best practice and in accordance with the governing documents and legal requirements. He or she will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures that are appropriate for the Charity are put in place and will work closely with the Charity's finance and business team, leading the Finance Sub-group and reporting on financial matters to the Trustee Board which meets approximately once a month.
Senior level financial experience in either the commercial or voluntary sector is essential. The ideal Trustee/Treasurer will be prepared to support Trustee colleagues and staff using her/his particular skills, experience and expertise and will contribute to one or sub-committees as appropriate. There is a strong commitment to the social care ethos among the existing Trustees which it is expected the new Treasurer trustee to will share. The Treasure role is critical to the governance of the Charity.
The planned merger provides an opportunity for the new trustee to be involved in the development and expansion of the organisation at a particularly challenging time for social care provision and the voluntary sector generally. This is an exciting role with plenty of scope to positively influence the shape of Crossroads Care as it goes through an important transformational process.
The merged organisation will have staff based in three locations: Epping, Newbury Park, Ilford and Romford. At present the finance and business team staff members operate out of the Newbury Park and Romford offices.
The Board of Trustees meets approximately every month for up to two hours. The time commitment from the Treasurer is at the individual's discretion depending upon the needs of the organisation and his/her willingness and availability to be involved in its activities.
Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- Senior experience of managing organisational finances of no less than £1-2M turnover.
- A qualified accountant though applications from experienced but non-qualified finance professionals will also be considered.
- Experience in organisational strategy and governance
- Excellent communication skills and diplomatic approach
- Experience of mergers and/or business transformation. Experience of change management would also be desirable.
- Attention to detail and an interest in carer provision and support for carers across the UK.