About Amal and this role
We are looking for a Trustee with a strong financial background to join our growing Board in the leadership of Amal at this exciting time in its young life. As Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC), you will play a critical role by guiding Amal on its governance, financial, risk management and internal control processes and practices. Amal is a Muslim-led charity which welcomes people of all faith backgrounds and none in its governance, management and wider work.
Amal is the only UK funder taking a multi-arts approach to increasing understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among others and to fostering a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among our Muslim communities. We work for increased Muslim participation in creative activities, richer encounters between communities, more authentic representation and the celebration of our Muslim communities and their contributions to British society. Amal means “hope” in Arabic. We offer hope that the UK, despite the divisions of recent times, can build ever more harmonious relations between its communities.
Amal started life as a programme of the Saïd Foundation. In August 2020 it embarked on an ambitious new phase, becoming an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission. Building on the community, skills and learning we have developed, and with the support of generous donors, we are now relaunching with Amal Connects, our new cornerstone programme. This will enable us to bring together Muslim communities, arts organisations and artists to create projects in our hub locations, first Birmingham and Bradford, later London. Please go to our website to read more about us: www.amal.org.uk
If you care about creating a fairer society, this is a wonderful opportunity to play a pivotal role in building an organisation dedicated to tackling structural inequalities in creative ways.
- As a Trustee, to share in the oversight and strategic leadership of Amal’s work.
- As FAC Chair, to provide objective advice and guidance to the Board and management on the adequacy of and potential improvements to Amal’s financial, risk management and internal control processes and practices.
The skills, experience and attributes we are looking for
- Commitment to building harmonious relations between the UK’s communities and to Amal’s values of social justice, compassion and conviviality
- Strong financial management and business planning experience and skills
- Some experience of charity governance, finance and fundraising law and practice
- Objectivity and independent-mindedness
- Ability to work collaboratively with others
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to this role
Your commitment to Amal
Trustees meet four times a year at roughly quarterly intervals for around two hours. The FAC will also meet four times a year for one to two hours. The Trustees have met by Zoom to date and are likely to meet in person in the future with some Trustees joining by Zoom. The average time commitment each quarter to attend both sets of meetings and read papers is about eight hours (excluding travel to meetings). We also envisage seeking advice from the FAC Chair on an ad hoc basis.
Amal’s commitment to you
Amal provides an induction for new Trustees on Amal’s strategy, budgets, governance and policies. For Trustees who have not been a trustee before, we will also provide an induction on the duties of being a trustee and the regulatory framework. The Chair and the CEO will be available to provide any other guidance or discuss issues with the FAC Chair as necessary. Amal advises Trustees of Amal-supported events that may be of particular interest to them and reimburses Trustees for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred on Amal business.
For further information click on the following links for the Principal Duties of the Board and the Terms of Reference of the Finance and Audit Committee. If you would like to talk further about Amal, the role or the recruitment process, please email the CEO, Catherine Roe, on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to speak.
How to Apply
Please apply by sending to email@example.com a CV demonstrating your experience including in relation to the requirements of this role and a covering letter showing how you meet the points set out in the person specification.
Deadline for applications: Monday 11 October at 09.00
Further conversations with shortlisted candidates will take place the week beginning 18 October