Treasurer (Trustee)

The Charity for Civil Servants
London (Greater)
01 Aug 2017
25 Sep 2017

The Charity for Civil Servants is seeking a trustee who could take over as Treasurer when the incumbent steps down in 2018 or 2019.

The Charity for Civil Servants (previously the Civil Service Benevolent Fund) supports all Civil Servants, past and present, throughout their lives with whatever problems they may have.  Through a team of trained advisors, the Charity is able to support Civil Servants to cope with a number of issues, including: reducing stress, handling debt, managing caring responsibilities, mental health and wellbeing issues, relationship breakdown, bereavement, retirement and residential care advice and dealing with emergencies.

The Treasurer will be expected to fulfill the role of an effective Trustee as defined by the Charity Commission, whilst overseeing the financial matters of the Charity in line with best practice and in compliance with legal requirements and the Charity’s governing document.

The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Maintaining an overview of the Charity’s financial affairs and ensuring its financial viability.
  • Chairing the Charity’s Finance and Audit Committee and reporting back to the Board of trustees.  
  • Guiding and advising fellow trustees in the Board’s formal approval of the annual report and audited accounts. 
  • Sitting on the Charity’s Investment Committee. 
  • Ensuring the Board is informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.


Financial Skills and Experience

  • Significant financial experience either at Finance Director level or advising significant corporates and/or charities.
  • Able to present financial information to non-financial colleagues in an appropriate manner.
  • Able to interpret financial statements and information and to ask appropriate questions. 
  • Experience of internal controls and risk management.
  • Experience of working with internal and external auditors.

Core Skills and Experience

  • Empathetic to the values and objectives of The Charity for Civil Servants.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal responsibilities of being a charity Trustee.
  • Previous experience of working at Board level, ideally either as a trustee or non-executive director.
  • An understanding of key aspects of governance, including the development of strategic plans and the implications of conflicts of interest.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good team player, respectful of others opinions and point of view.
  • Strategic vision;
  • Good independent judgement; and
  • Ability to think creatively and the willingness to speak openly.

Time commitment:

The time commitment for meetings would be approximately 7 days per annum as follows:

  • Board Meetings - 2 ½ days (5 half days)
  • Committee Meetings – 4 ½ days (9 meetings of up to 2 hours)

We would be interested in hearing from candidates who while not able to commit to all the board meetings and committee meetings at this stage would be interested in becoming a co-opted member of the Finance and Audit Committee in the first instance with a view to becoming a trustee and Treasurer in 2018 or 2019.

Board meeting and Committee meetings are normally held during office hours in London or Cheam, Surrey, where the Charity’s head office is based.

Once formally elected on to the Board, it is expected that you will serve a minimum of at least one three-year term. 

This is a voluntary role, however, travel expenses will be reimbursed fully.

If you would like more information and/or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Elizabeth Dymond, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, before the 25th September 2017.


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