Job Title: Treasurer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: OO10319
Contact Name: Heidi Math
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 21, 2019 03:00

Job Description

Main Purpose 

The role of a Volunteer Trustee/Treasurer is to serve on the governing body of the charity in order to control and be ultimately responsible for its management and administration. There are several aspects to the role, from mapping out the strategic direction of the charity in accordance with the framework set out in the charities governing document, to ensuring that they do not benefit financially from their position.  

As a Voluntary Trustee of Harry’s Rainbow, you will be asked to use your personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is run efficiently.  

You must consider external professional advice on matters where there may be material risk to Harry’s Rainbow, or where the Trustees may be in breach of their duties.  

You will also ensure that Harry’s Rainbow are meeting their objectives as laid out in their Governing Document.  

As the Treasurer, you will be overseeing the financial affairs of the charity, ensuring they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practices.  

Key Activities 

  • Ensure proper records are kept 

  • Ensure that effective financial procedures are in place 

  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the charity 

  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits 

  • Ensure the charity is compliant with relevant legislation, as well as the requirements of regulatory bodies such as the Charity Commission 

  • Adhere to the Charity’s own Code of Conduct 

  • Liaise with relevant staff, Trustees and volunteers to ensure financial viability of the charity 

  • Make fellow Trustees aware of the financial obligations and take lead in interpreting financial data to them 

  • Regularly report the financial position at Trustee meetings 

  • Oversee the production of annual budget and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year 

  • Appraise the financial viability of place, proposals and feasibility studies 

  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/independent examiners 

  • Maintain the expenses system and regularly process expense claims 

  • Arrange payments to creditors as appropriate and arrange appropriate signatures on payments 

  • Make necessary arrangements to collect payments from debtors and bank payments promptly  

  • Attend at least 75% of board meetings, held monthly. You may also be called to attend additional “emergency” meetings 

  • Be in attendance of at least 2 events throughout the year, in addition to the charity’s main yearly event (Jessica’s Rainbow Run) 

  • Attend the AGM, which is normally held in November, and produce the “Treasurer’s report” 

  • Report any problems, personal concerns or absence to the Chair 

  • Report any conflict of interest to the Chair as soon as possible 

Person specification 

  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practices relevant to voluntary and community organisations 

  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management 

  • Good financial analysis skills 

  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement 

  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Trustee/Treasurer 

  • Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation 

  • Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others 

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team 

  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee 

  • Commitment to the organisation for a 3-year period 

Desirable experience 

  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work 

  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation 

  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector 

Why volunteer for Harry’s Rainbow? 

Harry’s Rainbow is a child bereavement charity, supporting beneficiaries in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The support we offer ranges from the provision of books, resources and memory boxes to regular support groups which are designed to facilitate contact with others who have suffered a bereavement. Activities and trips are designed to support children through their grief by building self-esteem and confidence and reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.