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Treasurer | Headway East London

Do you want a trustee role with ‘oomph’ at a charity which delivers real impact in their community? Headway East London is looking for a new Treasurer.

  • Location: East London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

At Headway East London, we find strength and passion from our community. We understand what our members need and we co-produce services to meet those needs.

And what we do is excellent. From art-based therapy to vital outreach, we support people with brain injuries and their families to really thrive.

We think that being able to have support with simple things like claiming benefits, budgeting or even paperwork make a real difference to the quality of life for our members.

Our service centre is a vibrant community hub offering activities, therapies and both peer and professional support. From super clubs to graffiti projects, our services are both innovative and needs based. Our occupational projects include an art studio, writing projects, music therapy and a professional kitchen where members cook each day for others, volunteers, staff and visitors.

In particular, we host Submit to Love; a studio and home to a collective of self-taught artists – all of whom have survived brain injuries. Our studio has developed a set of unique practices and interests, refined over more than a decade.

Our specialist neurological therapy service is renowned for our unique inter-disciplinary approach.

The effects of brain injury are long term and so is our support.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for a Treasurer who will be a real driver in developing our new strategy and supporting our people to be both happy and to fulfil their potential.

We’re on a mission to develop as an organisation and support more people. Do you have a background in finance and an understanding of charity finance?

You’ll provide support to our Finance Manager and help develop better financial insight for fellow board members.

This is a really exciting time to join our Board – we have big plans, a ‘can do’ attitude and a values-based approach.

You’ll get a fantastic induction and a mighty peer support network. Our Board meets five times a year in the evening and we have three sub-committees: Governance committee, Finance and Audit committee and a Remuneration committee. We expect our Trustees to join one subcommittee and our Treasurer to Chair the Finance and Audit Committee. Overall we expect the time commitment to be up to a day a month including ad hoc emails, telephone calls and attending events when it is safe to do so.

Do you think you can offer diversity of thinking, a positive and ambitious outlook and a love of community powered services? We’d love to hear from you.

For further information about the roles, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Headway East London won the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing.

They will receive a £30,000 donation, two places on a free training and development programme plus an invitation to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Development Network with its programme of free meetings and events.

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Welcome from the Chair, Glen Hodgson

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in becoming our new Treasurer at Headway East London.

Our organisation, which has been established for over 20 years offers a variety of support services for people across thirteen London Boroughs with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

We are looking for a new Treasurer with significant finance experience in the public sector to support our brilliant senior leadership team and in particular to work with our excellent Finance Manager.

Headway East London employs 57 staff as well as having a number of student placements and volunteers.

We are developing a new five-year strategy that will enable us to continue to provide sustainable best-in-class services both in our day services centre as well as our external support services.

We support over two hundred people every week and Headway’s members are all residents of North and East London, a catchment including many of the UK’s most deprived boroughs. They are representative of the ethnic and cultural diversity of this region and so are exposed to intersectional disadvantage:

  • 25% of our members are BAME
  • 20% live in isolation due to family breakdown
  • 68% present with social and financial problems (homelessness, debt, victimisation, institutional abuse)
  • 100% are long-term unemployed (Day Service & Community Support Worker Service members)

I look forward to meeting you and showing you around our site in Haggerston, where our members cook, make music and become artists.

Glen Hodgson

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission
To support people affected by brain injury.

Our Vision
To build a society where people with brain injury are valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential to lead full, active lives.

Headway East London is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. Working across 13 London boroughs we offer specialist support and services for over 200 survivors, family, friends and carers in the local area each week. Headway East London’s catchment area includes the following London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, The City, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Westminster.

There are many different causes of brain injury and its effects are complex and wide ranging. Our services are designed to suit each individual’s circumstances, needs and aspirations.

Providing therapies, advocacy, family support and community support

We provide therapies, advocacy, family support and community support to work alongside our day service: a community venue where members can make the most of their abilities and interests. We believe that every one of our members has something to contribute to both Headway East London and the wider community. Our occupational projects include an art studio, writing projects and a professional kitchen where members cook each day for other members, volunteers, staff and visitors.

We also promote awareness and understanding of brain injury by providing information, acting as an educational resource for universities, offering training to professionals and businesses, and running projects engaging our members with the public.

Our Partner, Osbornes Law, hosts our Art Exhibitions in collaboration with our  studio – Submit to Love. Our exhibitions celebrate the thrill of creativity and the towering possibilities that come with it.

Our music therapy: there is a connection between music and unconscious parts of the brain, perhaps especially for some types of music. This connection is especially important for people who have had a brain injury – it is about being human. Appreciating and responding to music, for instance, does not depend on the consciousness of language.

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your interest and motivation in applying and your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee, Headway East London” into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact:

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 2nd November 2020
Candidates informed of outcome: TBC
Interviews: TBC

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Headway East London are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring form.

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We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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