Job Title: Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: COP-Treas2020
Contact Name: Jo Patterson
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 21, 2020 15:42

Job Description



Overall role:

  • Maintain an overview of the organisation's finances
  • Report on its finances to Trustees and externally, making sure that Trustees have the information necessary to ensure its financial viability
  • Ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained
  • Membership of Board of Trustees.

Specific duties:

Centre financial procedures:

  • Liaising with any paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Reviewing monthly financial summary as prepared by external accountant, perform analysis and prepare reports for briefing at the Board of Trustees’ meeting
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation

Annual accounts:

  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies
  • Based on financial data as prepared by external accountant, prepare annual financial statements to be signed off by independent examiner
  • Assessing whether the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs, and reporting this to Trustees
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate investment policy
  • Ensuring that there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims and objects of the charity
  • Monitoring the organisation's investment activity and ensuring its consistency with the organisation's policies and legal responsibilities
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting
  • Making annual financial filings to Companies House and Charity Commission



General Trustee responsibilities

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects (the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are).
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise

Treasurer competencies and personal specification

  • Financial qualification and experience e.g. accounting qualification, prior / current experience of advising charities / managing charity finances
  • Commitment to support the aims of the Copleston Centre
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

    (Time commitment expected: 0.5 day per month reviewing / working remotely on monthly financial reporting; attendance of bi-monthly Trustees meeting (2 hours); preparation of year-end accounts – 3 days;
    ad-hoc needs to resolve financial matters )
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

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