Honorary Treasurer

Job Title: Honorary Treasurer
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Voluntary role
Job Published: October 16, 2018 17:09

Job Description

Honorary Treasurer

Global Dialogue 

Global Dialogue is one of the leading philanthropy support organisations for funders of human rights and social justice.  Based in London, we support innovative and collaborative philanthropy, enabling both domestic and international donors to share knowledge and work together, align grants and pool funds.  We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, and growing rapidly in size, scope and reputation. 

Global Dialogue is registered in England and Wales as a charity (1122052) and a company limited by guarantee (05775827).  We have recently registered a trading arm, Global Dialogue Ventures (company number 11154333).    

We have carried out a thorough review of our financial management procedures and are in the process of remodelling our core/project costs model as well as managing our earned income more efficiently through the establishment of Global Dialogue Ventures.   While the Board already has strong financial management skills, as the charity grows and becomes more complex we wish to further strengthen this area of governance by appointing our first Honorary Treasurer.

Role Summary

We seek a senior professional with finance and risk management experience to serve as Honorary Treasurer, joining the board of both Global Dialogue and Global Dialogue Ventures.  The Honorary Treasurer will work closely with the Chair, the Executive Director and the board of trustees with particular responsibility for finance matters. In summary, the Honorary Treasurer will maintain an overview of the financial standing of the charity and ensure the Board has the information it needs to fulfil its responsibilities; oversee our financial risk-management process; provide oversight to the production and submission of annual accounts; and ensure that the organisation’s financial affairs are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

Main responsibilities

  • Provide guidance to the board and senior staff members on finance matters, including advising when specialist input is needed;
  • Ensure the Board fulfils its duty to ensure proper accounting records are kept, and financial resources are controlled, invested and economically spent in line with governance, legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Advise on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plans and oversee the charity’s financial risk-management process;
  • With the Board as a whole, provide governance oversight for the annual budgeting processes;
  • Provide Board-level input to the annual audit process as needed and guide and advise fellow trustees as they review the annual report and audited accounts;
  • Lead in the development and implementation of financial reserves, cost management, investment and other relevant policies.

Qualities of a Treasurer


  • Qualified accountant with knowledge of charity SORP;
  • Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders;
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement;
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices, including of VAT regulation and its application to charities
  • Commitment to the organisation’s mission and values;
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and management;
  • Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, financial/accountancy, understanding of HR issues, experience of trusts or other grant giving bodies particularly fundraising and legal knowledge.

Time commitment

The Global Dialogue board meets four times a year, in London.  Global Dialogue Ventures will meet up to four times a year, on the same day as the Global Dialogue board. In addition there is likely to be a number of ad hoc meetings or requests for advice, for example around the time of the annual audit or for input into policy or process reviews.  In total it is estimated that the role will require around one day per month. 

Board meetings are held at the organisation’s premises in Vauxhall, London, much of the intervening work is done virtually and virtual attendance (Skype etc) at board meetings is possible.  Expenses for attending meetings are paid.

If the Honorary Treasurer is interested in particular areas of Global Dialogue’s work, there will be opportunities to get involved, attend events etc.

How to apply

The closing date for applications for the role of Honorary Treasurer is Friday 9th November 2018.  If you would like to be considered for the role, please submit a CV and a short cover letter for the attention of Debbie Pippard, Chair of Trustees, to  If you would find it helpful to discuss the role with the Chair or Executive Director before deciding whether or not to apply, please drop a line to the same email address.

Thank you for your interest in Global Dialogue.  We look forward to hearing from you.