Finance Trustee for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Job Title: Finance Trustee for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: United Kingdom
Reference: REF: BBCTFT
Contact Name: Les Moore
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 23, 2019 16:51

Job Description

Volunteer role: Finance Trustee for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Are you passionate about bumblebees and nature?

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help us reverse pollinator decline?

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a new finance trustee to join its Board.  The Trust is entering an exciting period of new strategic development and you would help steer development to achieve the Trust’s aims and to ensure that the charity is managed effectively.

The Trust is committed to valuing others and treating everyone with respect. The Trust recognises the value of a Board and staff team that come from diverse backgrounds and offers fresh perspectives and ideas. As a result, the Trust is keen to welcome applications from all.

The closing date for submitting your application is 30th June 2019.  Please see below for more information and details of how to apply.


The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'.  In the last 80 years, UK bumblebee populations have declined and two species have become nationally extinct.  The Trust is a science-based charity, concerned with halting and reversing the decline in bumblebees.

The Trust’s vision is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees. To achieve this, the Trust has agreed working toward four main aims:

1. Enhance the understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation.

2. Increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat.

3. Inspire and enable a diverse range of people to take action for bumblebees.

4. Be an effective and sustainable organisation.


The Trust is governed by a Board of trustees which is responsible for:

  • Establishing the overall direction of the Trust including its mission, aims and strategies.
  • Ensuring that the policies of the Trust are in keeping with its aims and strategies.
  • Working to ensure that the Trust has the resources, both human and financial, to achieve its aims and strategies.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Trust against its aims and targets.
  • Ensuring that the Trust functions within legal and regulatory requirements.

The Trust is a registered charity in England & Wales and in Scotland and operates under the regulatory requirements of Charity Commission and OSCR. The Trust has been set up as a charitable company limited by guarantee and, as such, trustees are also directors of the charitable company.

What being a trustee involves:

  • Trustees are co-opted onto the Board and seek election by the members at the following AGM. Following election, trustees serve on the Board for 3 years. A maximum of two terms can be served.
  • There are 4 Board meetings each year, currently two in Southampton and one in both Stirling and Edinburgh. This involves around 4 - 6 days a year.
  • The Board has a number of committees. Trustees join these committees based on their interest and expertise. Committees normally meet in advance of each Board meeting and members attend these committees in person or via Skype.
  • Individual trustees are accountable to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Trustees must declare any conflict of interests which may impact on their work for the Trust.
  • The Trust will reimburse reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation incurred on approved Board duties.

Role Summary

  • To ensure that the charity’s finances are managed responsibly
  • To report the financial health of the charity to the Board of Trustees
  • To ensure that annual accounts are completed, audited and submitted to regulators in a timely fashion
  • To oversee the charity’s financial risk management process

Main Responsibilities – in conjunction with fellow members of the Finance committee

  • Ensure that the strategic plan is financially appraised and that implementation plans are aligned with the financial plan and annual budget.
  • Ensure a high standard of management accounting and the preparation of regular management accounts for submission to the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensure proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are controlled, invested and economically spent in line with agreed Trust procedures, legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure the finalisation of statutory financial accounts in line with charity regulations and statements of recommended practice and the completion of the external audit process. Assist fellow trustees to formally approve the Trustees’ Annual Report and Annual Accounts.
  • Review the reserves policy. Keep the board informed regularly of the reserves position and advise in line with changing circumstances.
  • Be an active champion of the charity.
  • Build relationships and rapport between Board and the finance staff team.


  • In-depth knowledge and experience of financial accounting and management.
  • Ability to communicate and explain financial information to fellow trustees and other stakeholders.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Excellent networking, influencing and communication skills


  • Knowledge of the Charities SORP and charity accounting regulations.
  • Knowledge of charity fundraising and finance practices.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector; good governance, charity regulators’ requirements, relevant legislation and regulation.

Time Commitment

  • Sufficient time to prepare for and attend four full-day Trustee Board meetings a year and (by Skype) meetings of the Finance Committee.

How to Apply

Your application should be made to the Deputy Chair of the Board, Les Moore, and submitted via the Reach website or

If you wish, Les would be happy to have an informal conversation with you about the posts, what the Trust is looking for and what the Trust could offer you.

Submit the paperwork for application as follows:

  • A covering letter, outlining your reasons for wishing to join the Board, what you could contribute, and what you would hope to achieve as a Board member.
  • A brief CV, which should include the names and contact details of two people who could vouch for your abilities to serve on a Board and whom the Trust can contact, if necessary.
  • A brief biography (maximum 150 words) which could be circulated to trustees

Eligibility Criteria

Charity and company law and regulations place a number of eligibility criteria on trustees. To be eligible to be a trustee, you must be able to complete a formal declaration. The declaration required by OSCR can be found here: Successful candidates must complete the relevant declarations before joining the Board.


Trustees are elected to the Board at the Trust’s AGMs, currently held in early Autumn.  The closing date for receipt of nominations 30th June 2019.  It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during July 2019. The successful candidate(s) will be co-opted onto the Board and seek formal election at the AGM in Autumn 2019.

Further information about the Trust is available on its website: The most recent Annual Report and Accounts can be found here:

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