ABOUT US

Clowns Without Borders UK (CWB UK) uses laughter and play to support children’s psychological, emotional and cognitive health. We work in refugee camps, using evidence-based practice to share activities that hone children’s resilience and helps them to overcome adversity and build their futures. There has never been more need for our work. Global trauma, restricted movement and reduced opportunities for play has affected every child in the world – at the very time they need connection, friendship and laughter to cope.
We have shared performances and workshops with over 100,000 children in humanitarian settings.  Over 300 NGO workers have also taken part in our play-lead, Train-the-Trainer programmes. The world’s largest NGO’s describe our work as “psycho-social first-aid” and recognise our “innovative approach which blends funds with psychological and humanitarians support, can reach children and help them heal faster.”  
 

GOVERNANCE

Our Board is the ultimate governance body for the charity, serving as stewards of its resources, and ultimately responsible for our strategy, operations and financial management.  Our board ensures we comply with our governing document, charity law and pursuing our objectives.  They are responsible for providing support, guidance and decisions to the CWB team, ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.  
Trustees are elected for a 2-year term but with the opportunity to be re-elected.

 

TRUSTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy and Governance 
  • Actively contribute to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Supporting high standards of governance and risk management 
  • Ensuring the organisation is accountable and transparent in its activities 
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant charitable and company legislation 
  • Safeguarding the interests of Clowns Without Borders UK ‘s beneficiaries  
 
Advocacy 
  • Acting as an ambassador for Clowns Without Borders UK

 

TREASURER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Overseeing the financial matters of the charity
    • Overseeing, and presenting, budgets, accounts and financial statements the board
    • Ensuring proper accounts and records are kept
    • Developing and/or review and implement financial and reserves policies
 
  • Be a point of contact and/or lead on issues relating to financial matters of the charity
    • Implementing and monitor financial controls and relevant systems are in place
    • Liaising with charity’s director to ensure annual accounts are compliance with Charity Commissions guidelines, when necessary
    • Liaising with the charity’s independent examiner, where appropriate. 

 

EXPERTISE

  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to small charities
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management
  • Good financial analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

  • Passionate in children’s rights and the arts
  • Embody the values of CWB UK and endeavoring to maintain a spirit of joy, peace, compassion and kindness in the way we work together on the Board
  • Enthusiastic about our mission and able to support this through the sharing of ideas, professional expertise and networks

 

TIME COMMITMENT 

Trustees are asked to give around four to six days per year to Clowns Without Borders UK. We have four Board Meetings per year usually over Zoom as our Trustees are based around the world. We have one face-to-face meeting per year, usually in London. 

RENUMERATION

Charitable trustees are unpaid. However, all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy. 

 

APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW 
Please submit a cover letter outlining why you would like to be our Treasurer and CV to: 
hello@clownswithoutborders.org.uk
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 21st February 2022
  • Interviews will be held w/c 7th  March 2022
 

GET IN TOUCH

If you can have questions or would like more information before applying please do not hesitate to contact:
sam@clownswithoutborders.org.uk