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.”
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.
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
Acting as an ambassador for Clowns Without Borders UK
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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