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We are looking for someone experienced in overseeing and developing a property strategy as we develop the next stage of our service and growth.
Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That’s why we work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.
With over 20,000 volunteers, Samaritans supports those who need us most 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Through 201 branches across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, we provide our telephone listening service, as well as support via email, letter, face to face, and we will soon launch an online chat service. We are an important, influential voice across the UK and Ireland on issues relating to suicide prevention, through our proactive and far-reaching research, campaigns, and policy agenda. We also build alliances and meaningful partnerships across society to help achieve our vision that fewer people die by suicide.
Samaritans’ branches operate from 201 locations across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many of those properties are relatively small individual locations, acquired through a combination of legacies and historical factors. As we grow and develop our service, we need to consider our strategy for property alongside our service. An additional complicating factor is that one third of our branches are ‘central charity’ branches and the remainder are independent, affiliated branches, with their own governance and management structures. Each individual property is vital to the service of the branch. We are looking for someone with experience of overseeing and developing a property strategy in similar circumstances as we navigate and develop our plans.
The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring the financial performance of the entire portfolio for the organisation. It plays a key role in protecting the financial health and sustainability of Samaritans and our vision that fewer people die by suicide. The Committee is a formal advisory committee of the Board of Trustees and reports on its work, conclusions and recommendations to the Board on a regular basis.
We are seeking applicants who will provide independent and effective advice on property but is also able to help the committee fulfil its responsibilities in:
- Monitoring and reviewing budgets, accounts and financial performance and making recommendations in response to identified areas of risk;
- Monitoring and reviewing fundraising plans, investments and ongoing performance and making recommendations;
- Assessing the investment and reserves policies for the organisation and reviewing performance.
Applicants for this role should have experience of property and related issues.
About the role
Term: Committee members are usually appointed for a period of three years, with the possibility of a second three-year term.
Location: The role is home-based and may involve some travel within the UK. As a minimum, attendance is required at four committee meetings, either in person or via videoconferencing.
Remuneration: The role is voluntary.
Applicants should return a copy of their CV with a completed application form containing a personal statement how you meet the experience, knowledge and skills set out in the role description to [email protected] by Monday 27 July .
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview by video conference w/c Monday 03 August.
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