The following organisations are seeking an Honorary Treasurer:
Citizens Advice Merton & Lambeth
Closing date: 3 August 2017
The charity is a member of the national Citizens Advice movement providing information and advice to help people in Merton or Lambeth to resolve problems.
The challenges that Merton and Lambeth face have changed enormously since Citizens Advice services began, but our principles have not - our advice is free, independent, confidential and impartial. In 2016-17, we provided help to 49,000 clients, with benefits, debt, housing and employment the most common problems. Some clients are empowered to solve problems by themselves; others requiring more support receive tailored advice and further casework aimed to bring about positive changes in their lives.
We are looking for three or four new trustees to join our Board.
The formal role of a trustee
The board is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership. Specifically it is entrusted in ensuring that funds received are used to the maximum effect of their intended purpose and safeguarding the future ability of the organisation to do its work. The board must balance the short term aims with long term aspirations and safeguard the charity’s future. At CAML this has been successfully achieved since 1939.
The skills and attributes we are seeking from all trustees
We are looking for people with strategic vision and independent judgement that can support the organisation and its executive team to deliver for our clients.
The Board is not responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, and should support and oversee its operations and finances without interfering in its operations or its managers’ decisions. So a clear, long-term approach is important.
Although Trustees are not expected to be involved in the daily management of the organisation, a strong element of the role is in being visible to staff and volunteers and engaging in ways which recognise and reward the excellent work they do. Each trustee is expected to visit each of the three branches at least once a year during working hours and observe CAML in action.
As a member of the Board, you would also be joining a team. We need genuine team players, able to support one another, input constructively and positively to discussions, and to support and uphold collective decisions.
As a trustee, you must also have a personal commitment and empathy consistent with the organisation’s mission, values and objectives and can act as a positive and genuine advocate in promoting the work of the charity both within their personal networks and to the wider world.
We are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse board of trustees that better represents the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.
Whatever your experience or expertise, you will undoubtedly learn a lot from being a trustee at CAML – from our staff and volunteers, our management team and each other. And therefore an openness and willingness to learn, and degree of humility are also important.
The commitment we need
Becoming a trustee involves a significant commitment of your time. While the precise nature will differ month-to-month, this is likely to average at around 8 to 10 hours a month. This allows for regular board meetings, the reading in advance of these, ad-hoc actions and discussions, and undertaking visits to CAML’s services.
Across the Board, we also make sure that key internal meetings (for example, performance award ceremonies) and all social and external events are attended.
Board and sub-committee meetings take place in weekday evenings, and are largely held in one of CAML’s offices in Morden, Streatham or Mitcham, most often the last of these.
Each trustee plays their part in the effectiveness of the board applying their special skills and experience to the challenges as they arise. The board reflects on its own performance as well as the organisation as a whole and the current board have undertaken a skills analysis. Based on this one of the roles we are seeking to fill is that of Treasurer.
The Board has a key legal responsibility in ensuring that our funds are spent in an effective and efficient manner, understanding short-term operational pressures and long-term sustainability. We require a treasurer who can demonstrate commitment and integrity in advising the board on the financial health of the organisation.
We are looking for an individual with relevant qualifications and experience to assist the Chief Executive running an organisation with a turnover of around £1 million. This will involve the setting of annual budgets, to assist in the financial planning, to contribute to operational financial decisions such as grant applications, and to lead on policy issues for the Board in relation to reporting styles and reserves, choice of auditor etc.
The role of Treasurer is not limited to financial matters and they are expected to get involved in all parts of the Board’s remit too.
For enquiries about the role please contact: Jac Nunns (Chair): firstname.lastname@example.org
To applyfollow this link: http://caml.org.uk/join-us/volunteer/
CA Merton & Lambeth: CA Merton & Lambeth
Meditation Sheffield (MESH)
Closing date: 15 September 2017 (for expressions of interest)
Mediation Sheffield is a charity, dedicated to the use and promotion of mediation as a means of conflict resolution in the South Yorkshire region. For over 30 years MESH has provided trained mediators within a range of settings including neighbour disputes, community tensions, workplace issues and family breakdown. We also provide training to volunteers and front line service providers in mediation and conflict resolution skills and practice. These skills are often helpful for dealing with a wide variety of situations including negotiating, dealing with difficult people and better communication. We also provide bespoke training packages to organisations wishing to deliver their own in-house mediation services. In addition to this over the last ten years we have developed a ‘community cohesion’ service in neighbourhoods experiencing tensions, for example involving anti-social behaviour. We do this by working in partnership with neighbourhood groups/organisations and statutory services to provide expertise in the area of conflict resolution.
As Treasurer, you will oversee the financial affairs of the organisation, monitoring its financial health and ensuring the organisation has good internal financial and management controls.
Please see the Treasurer Role Description for more information or contact
Marie Ellis or Jess Ryan-Smith at email@example.com
Meditation Sheffield's website: MESH
Chain of Hope
Closing date: 31 July 2017
Chain of Hope is an international medical charity that helps children and young adults with heart disease. Chain of Hope provides medical aid for children and young adults by either bringing them to the UK for treatment or mobilizing medical teams to conduct missions to treat 10-15 patients at one time. The charity purchases medical supplies and equipment for partner hospitals overseas and works to develop local capacity to help develop cardiac services in a handful of countries.
The charity is based across two office sites at the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Harley Street Clinic.
The expectations for the role of Treasurer are as follows:
- Play a key role in overseeing the existing finance staff and advising on developing new systems as the charity grows
- Oversee the framework of internal controls, policies, procedures and delegated responsibilities
- Report Quarterly to the Board
- Support the Finance staff in compiling the annual accounts, budgeting, cash flow and management accounts processes
- Play a key role in liaising with independent auditors
- Monitor the charity’s reserves and use of funds
- Oversee the risk management framework and review the risk registers
- Develop a working knowledge of the activities, services and products of Chain of Hope
- Act as a strategic business partner for other Board members
- Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements
- Helping to define the values and strategic objectives of Chain of Hope
- Be a champion of the values of the organisation
- Provide advice and analysis to other Board members
Please see the Trustee Application Pack for more information or contact
Emma Scanlan – Chief Executive
T: 020 7351 1978
Chain of Hope's website: Chain of Hope
The Royal British Society of Sculptors
Added: 3 July 2017
The Royal British Society of Sculptors is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board holds responsibility for the values and strategic direction of the Society. The Society’s strategic plans, annual business plans and risk assessments are considered and approved by the Board. Progress against the plans is monitored by the Board.
The Board comprises the President, Vice-President (both sculptors) and up to 10 other Trustees of which six are sculptor members of the Society. Non-sculptor Trustees are usually appointed to the Board because they have something special to contribute to the Society due to their skills or experience in a particular area.
We are seeking a Treasurer and while the Board is collectively responsible for its decisions and actions, the role of Treasurer has some specific responsibilities:
- To maintain an overview of the Society’s financial affairs and ensure its financial viability
- To review the budgets, accounts and financial statements (the Society uses Paxton charity accounting system) in liaison with the Director
- To ensure that appropriate accounting policies, procedures and controls are in place – including those covering reserves and investment
- To present the accounts at the AGM
- To advise on the selection of the auditors and their renumeration
- To keep the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
The Board meets six times a year, generally at the Society’s offices in South Kensington. It is essential that Trustees attend meetings when required and Trustees are asked to make commit to a 3-year term on the Board with the option of serving for a second term of 3 years.
Please see the Treasurer Role Description for more information or contact
Caroline Worthington, Director
T: 0207 373 8615
Royal Society of Sculptor's website: Royal Society of Sculptors