The following organisations are seeking an Honorary Treasurer:
Added: 19 January 2018
Jacari is a charity based in Oxford and Bristol that supports children who don't speak English as a first language, by providing them with free 1:1 home tuition. Many of the pupils we support are from refugee/asylum-seeking backgrounds and are identified to be struggling at school. All our volunteer tutors are students at the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Oxford Brookes.
Jacari's Trustee Board has ultimate responsibility for Jacari and its operations in Oxford and Bristol. We currently have 6 Trustees on our Board, with diverse, who support our two employees (a full-time coordinator in Oxford and a part-time coordinator in Bristol).
We are currently looking for a new Finance Trustee, who would have responsibility for:
- Providing advice from a finance perspective at Trustee meetings and on an ad hoc basis to the Coordinators
- Preparing finance updates per quarter
- Completing monthly HMRC payroll for our two employees and submit RTI to HMRC
- Preparing and sending payslips
- Ensuring pension compliance (NEST) for auto-enrolment, and submitting monthly pension contributions
- Organising annual accounts and independent examination
- Overseeing bank accounts
We estimate that the Finance Trustee should budget on a one to two hour a week time commitment to complete these responsibilities. The Trustees also meet formally once a quarter (usually September, December, March and June) in either Oxford or Bristol for a two hour meeting.
To apply or for more details please contact:
Alison Olof – Alison.email@example.com
Jacari's website: Jacari
British Science Association
Closing date: 5 February 2018
The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity established under Royal Charter and governed by a Council which forms the Board of Trustees. Our vision is for science to be seen as a more fundamental part of culture. We want to grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science. We organise several major annual programmes including the British Science Festival, British Science Week, CREST Awards for schools and bespoke activities for science communicators, the media, policymakers and business. We have approx. 30 staff, 700+ volunteers and an annual turnover of around £3million.
The BSA is governed by a Council which forms the board of trustees, chaired by Lord David Willetts. Council meets for four afternoons each year, in March, June, September and December in central London and reasonable travel expenses within the UK are reimbursed.
Council currently has two financial sub-Committees:
- Audit & Risk Committee is responsible for overseeing the external audit and the BSA’s Risk Register.
- Investments Committee is responsible for maximising the value of the BSA’s £1mill investments portfolio, typically via a professional investments manager.
Council has provisionally committed to bringing these committees’ functions together in a single Finance Committee.
As Treasurer, your role is to oversee the BSA’s financial affairs, ensuring we use our resources effectively in order to achieve our aims.
Your specific, ongoing duties as Treasurer include:
- Pro-actively monitor the organisation’s financial health and performance
- Ensure the integrity of the BSA's financial reports
- Report on finances & financial polices to Council and its sub-Committees, in collaboration with the finance team and senior management team
- Help develop financial strategies and policies that balance good stewardship with maximising our effectiveness, and ensure that the values and culture of the BSA are reflected in the BSA's future plans
- Assist members of Council & its sub-committees in interpreting and using financial information that is relevant to the BSA
- Chair the new Finance Committee (subject to the new Committee’s terms of references)
- Advise Council and the senior management team on the financial implications of our strategic plan or external environment
- Ensure we operate in accordance with charity law and, as far as reasonably possible, in accordance with charity sector best practice
- Oversee the annual audit, and the production of the annual Trustees’ report and accounts for the Charity Commission and OSCR (in Scotland)
- Ensure we have robust and effective financial controls
- Authorise large investments or resource allocations in accordance with our delegated authority procedure
Key areas for your immediate attention will include setting up the new Finance Committee and developing a new, risk-based Reserves Policy.
You will also be a member of Council and hence, a charity trustee. Therefore, together with the other members of Council, you will focus on the key issues, opportunities and risks facing the BSA, and provide guidance on strategic direction to the BSA’s staff. You should ensure that we define our goals, evaluate our performance and safeguard the reputation and values of the organisation. You will help us build our profile including with potential funders. Council is jointly responsible for the appointment, supervision and appraisal of the Chief Executive. You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of effective governance and financial management in charities, and to the BSA’s goal of improving diversity & inclusivity.
What we are looking for
To get the most out of being on the BSA’s Council, we suggest that you have a passion for our vision and goals, and can commit to the time and effort required. Our Council members need strategic vision, independent judgement, and an ability to work effectively as part of a team.
To fulfil the specialist duties of this role, we are looking for someone who has considerable accountancy experience. Commercial experience would be an advantage. Experience of fundraising or an awareness of charity accounting practice would be helpful but is not required. Strong analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex information succinctly and clearly will be very valuable.
A background in science, public engagement with science or academia is not required. We are especially keen to hear from people from communities who are currently under-
represented on Council, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.
Terms and conditions
This is a volunteer role and there is no salary, Reasonable out of pocket expenses may be claimed on submission of appropriate documentation.
Terms of appointment
The initial term is three years. Council members are eligible for re-election at the expiry of that term, for one additional term.
There are usually 4 Council meetings and 4 sub-committee meetings each year. The Treasurer is expected to be available for ad hoc meetings or phonecalls with the Chair, Chief Executive, Finance Director or auditor if required, though this is unlikely to happen more than half a dozen times a year and can be arranged to fit around the Treasurer’s other commitments. There may be other duties as agreed with the Chair.
Please see our Honorary Treasurer Role Description for more details or contact:
British Science Association,
Wellcome Wolfson Building,
165 Queen’s Gate, London,
Applications should also be sent to Katherine
British Science Association's website: BSA
Closing date: 5 February 2018
Established in 1989, Plantlife International is the only UK charity dedicated to conserving wild flowers, plants and fungi in their natural habitats and helping people to enjoy and learn about them. We own nearly 4,500 acres of nature reserve across England, Scotland and Wales and have 11,000 members and supporters. We were instrumental in the creation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and work closely with Governments and other conservation bodies in the UK and globally. Our patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, our President is Philip Mould OBE and Vice President, Rachel de Thame. Our Chairman is Professor David Hill CBE.
Plantlife is based in Salisbury with offices in Wales and Scotland
We are looking for an Honorary Treasurer to join our board of trustees to ensure that we make the best of our financial resources. You will join a team of 12 trustees which meet for full board meetings four times a year in London and Salisbury. As Honorary Treasurer will chair the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee which meets four times a year. There will also be the requirement to attend occasional meetings with our investment managers and accountants.
Ideally, you will be a finance professional with experience in a wide range of financial matters (strategic financial planning, investments, budgeting and accounts, risk management and financial controls). Knowledge of charity finance is not essential, but we hope you’ll share our passion for conservation and the environment. You will also work closely with the staff team, especially our Chief Executive and Head of Finance who will look to you for hands-on support, challenge and advice on all matters financial.
Please see our Honorary Treasurer advert for more details or contact:
Marian Spain, firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 01722 342 747
Plantlife International's website: Plantlife
Sea Watch Foundation
Closing date: 28 February 2018
The Sea Watch Foundation, founded in 1991, is one of Europe’s pre-eminent charities concerned with the protection of whales and dolphins.
Sea Watch’s overall aim is:
“To protect whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats they face, and by the regular production of material to educate, inform, and advise for better environmental protection”.
Sea Watch works to this aim by:
- Monitoring the UK’s whale and dolphin population
- Research projects
- Public education
- Dissemination of scientific information
- Informing policy making
This a voluntary role and the Treasurer, who will also be a trustee, will oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with legal requirements, good practice and in accordance with the Charity’s governing document and report to the board of trustees, periodically, about the financial health of the organisation. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are maintained and that they are appropriate for the charity.
Specifically, the treasurer will take the lead at board level on:
- making sure the charity keeps proper accounts
- reviewing the charity’s financial performance
- drawing up or reviewing policies for finance and investment
- ensuring that the charity has robust and effective financial controls in place
- liaising with the charity’s independent accountant
The majority of the work of the Board of Trustees is done in a virtual sense, through use of telephone and e-mail. The Board of Trustees meet 3 times a year, once in April/May at New Quay, Wales and twice at locations (e.g. Oxford) in the UK agreed by the trustees.
For enquiries about the role please contact:
David Ord, Trustee, Tel: 01437 891465; e-mail: email@example.com
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, outlining how your experience matches the role and why you are interested in being one of our Trustees to David as above.
Sea Watch Foundation's website: Sea Watch
Citizens Advice Camden
Closing date: 16 February 2018
Citizens Advice Camden provides independent advice services to people who live, work or study in Camden. We are governed and managed locally but with the benefit of being part of the influential national organisation, Citizens Advice. We deal with over 9,200 clients a year and help with over 22,000 issues. We have an annual turnover of £1.1 million, over 30 paid staff who support 120 volunteers.
We are looking for a volunteer to join our Trustee Board in the role of Treasurer to support the work of Citizens Advice Camden and ensure the financial management and strategies support the work of the service and help us achieve our aims and objectives. As Treasurer you will directly assist the CEO, the Financial Controller and the Board to ensure the organisation is financially viable, run in a prudent and effective way and making the best use of limited resources.
The overall purpose of the role is to contribute actively to the Board’s roles in giving firm strategic financial direction to Citizens Advice Camden, ensuring financial viability, compliance with relevant legislative frameworks and to act as the leading interface between the Trustees and the CEO on financial matters. The Treasurer is expected to Chair the Finance Audit and Risk Standing Committee.
- Chairing the Finance, Audit and Risk Standing Committee each quarter, and reporting back to the full Board.
- Monitoring the effectiveness of the charity’s systems of internal controls, risk, governance and reporting.
- Guiding and advising the Board in the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within the relevant financial policy framework.
- Lead the negotiations in respect of the existing Local Government Pension Scheme deficit and ensure the Board have effective advice on LGPS matters.
- Keeping the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.
- Advising on the financial implications of the strategic plan and the key assumptions in the operational plan and annual budget.
- Ensuring that all Board members have a clear understanding of the accounts presented at meetings and the implications that they reveal.
- Understanding the accounting procedures and ensuring key internal controls are in place to be able to assure the Board that the charity's financial integrity is sound.
- Monitoring the organisation’s income and expenditure position, and presenting reports to the Board at least quarterly.
- Ensuring the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy, proper financial procedures and financial controls and income generating strategies.
- Ensuring annual accounts are submitted to the Charity Commission and Registrar of Companies within the required deadlines.
- Presenting the accounts at the AGM in a coherent and understandable way, highlighting the key results and implications of these.
Personal skills and qualities, knowledge and experience
- financial qualifications
- charity finance and SORP
- audit experience
- the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
- preparedness to advise Board on the appropriate financial strategy of the organisation
- willingness to provide advice and guidance to the CEO and Financial Controller
- ability to communicate financial information to a non-financial audience
- understanding of the financial challenges facing charitable organisations, specifically Citizens Advice Camden
- commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service, including those relating to equal opportunities
See recruitment information for more details or contact:
Lisa Yates, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please send a recent CV and covering letter, outlining how your experience matches the role and why you are interested in being one of our Trustees, to Lisa as above
Citizens Advice Camden's website: Citizens Advice Camden