Mental Health charity Treasurer
About the organisation:
Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) is a mental health charity based in Glenrothes, Fife, established in 1994. Our mission is to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental well-being in a culture where there is no stigma.
We provide a range of programmes to support people with mental health issues self-manage their conditions and develop employability skills, to help them access employment or other activities such as further education and volunteering.
The people we work with often struggle to engage with services and can be far removed from meaningful occupation. We aim to build resilience, foster hope and encourage self-belief by connecting with them, exploring their values, developing their self-awareness and teaching coping strategies. We will give people tools to self-manage their mental health condition, for the rest of their lives and work with young people (aged 15-18) and adults (18+).
We support around 500 people per year and in 2017 were named Runners-up in the GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards.
About the role:
Our Board is going through a period of change with several long-standing trustees retiring this year, whilst the organisation continues to grow and expand. The current Board have experience in HR, marketing, charity management and mental health, however we have a gap in terms of financial experience which we are seeking to fill. The Board meet monthly and support the staff management team with strategic direction and throughout 2017 we are taking some time to review the overall strategic plan and HR processes and all Directors have a role in this.
A large proportion of our current work is part-funded by the European Social Fund. We face significant financial challenges due to payments from Europe being received approximately 2 years in arrears. New models of funding from government agencies are also on a "payment by results" basis, which also creates cash flow difficulties and of course with increased competition for charitable trust funds, the financial management of the organisation is critical.
Our subsidiary company was created to be a trading-arm to contribute funds back to the main charity, however this company has a focus on regeneration of a public park and listed buildings to eventually create commercial income through camping/glamping/hostelling and a cafeteria. The campsite will open in 2018, however the hostel and cafeteria is subject to further fundraising requirements and aimed to open in 2022, therefore not providing an immediate income to the charity. The Treasurer position at the Charity will also have close links with the trading company to help maximise income streams back to the core purpose.
We seek Directors with an empathy towards mental health issues, however a full induction will be available and opportunity to learn more information on the subject. Whilst we are specifically seeking a Treasurer with strong financial experience, the entire Board is being refreshed during 2017 as 3 long-standing trustees are standing down as our governing document allows no more than 6 years consecutive service on the Board. Therefore, in addition to the role of Treasurer, we are seeking volunteers with a wide range of skills, not just finance, to assist us and we will be delighted to speak to everyone who shows an interest.
The Board currently meets monthly (first Thursday of every month 5.30 pm - 7 pm approx.) in Glenrothes, though this pattern may change
How to apply:
Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. Please provide your CV along with a covering letter stating why you wish to work for the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.