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Volunteer Quality of Life Foundation Trustee with Financial Expertise (voluntary position)

Quality of Life Foundation


Posted over 30 days ago...

The Quality of Life Foundation is looking for a new Trustee with financial expertise to join our existing board. Join an impactful organisation bridging the gap between health, wellbeing, and the built environment.


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London, SE12AX

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

Established in 2019 by Prof. Sadie Morgan OBE, our vision is for a housing system that improves people’s quality of life in their homes and neighbourhoods over the long term. Our activities include research, thought leadership, and training based on the organisation's Quality of Life Framework. Working with organisations in the public, private and third sectors, we are instigating practical projects to support more long-term thinking in industry and government. We are a small but influential organisation with ambitious plans for growth over the coming years. We were formally registered as a charity in 2022 and operate a wholly-owned commercial trading subsidiary. The Role We are looking for someone with a finance background and previous experience in charity finance and governance to work with existing trustees to oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with good practice and the legal obligations of the Charities Act. You will sit on the Finance, Governance and Risk sub-committee and work with the Foundation’s Director and trustees to update the board on the charity's financial position and its trading subsidiary. Key responsibilities

Oversee the creation and implementation of the strategy and business plan Ensure the Foundation complies with all legal, regulatory and charitable requirements Represent the Foundation at events and share its aims and achievements  Oversee appropriate presentation of budgets, accounts, management accounts and financial statements. Ensure financial resources are spent in accordance with the Charity’s objectives, good governance, legal and regulatory requirements. Monitor financial viability of the charity and trading subsidiary Advise on the financial implications of the Quality of Life Foundation’s Strategic Plan. Review the annual accounts and liaise with the Foundation’s external accountants to ensure compliance with the current Charities’ statement of recommended practice (SORP). Ensure sound financial management and that expenditure is in line with the charitable objectives.

What are we looking for?

You You are a leading professional in your industry with the time and commitment to help accelerate our growth and impact. You will be able to demonstrate: General:

A commitment to the Quality of Life Foundation’s mission and vision. Knowledge and understanding of current financial practice relevant to charities and relevant duties under the Charities Act. Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.

Strategic Leadership:

An ability to quickly understand, explore and resolve strategic issues, and to set and prioritise objectives. An ability to make your views known and make decisions in a group environment and in line with strategic objectives. Integrity and good independent judgement. Agility and the ability to think creatively.


Confidence in persuading and in communicating clearly and sensitively. Ability to listen intently, carefully and objectively. Ability to convey ideas, information and opinions clearly and concisely including a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the Board.


An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to make decisions for the good of the Foundation. Support of the Chair, fellow board members and the Director. An ability to challenge the views of others appropriately.

Trustees should also have a good network and be able to combine various specialisms, with an understanding or appreciation of issues around design quality or health and wellbeing. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive board, containing a broad range of skills, experience and backgrounds. Commitment The board meets formally four to six times per year. In addition, you will be expected to join the Finance, Governance and Risk sub-committee of the board and to represent the Foundation at external events.

What difference will you make?

Induction, training and reimbursable expenses The opportunity to network with a board of esteemed industry professionals Support and shape our work and strategic direction, as well as help us achieve our purpose to influence and improve the UK housing system


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