Treasurer for a charity championing quality of life for older people

Job Title: Treasurer for a charity championing quality of life for older people
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Kings Langley
Salary: Unpaid Voluntary role
Reference: J62910
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 01, 2020 15:16

Job Description

Treasurer for a charity championing quality of life for older people

Abbeyfield Kings Langley are seeking a Treasurer to provide financial oversight for the charity as well as contribute to discussions about the expansion and development of our services. 

The Abbeyfield Society is a membership organisation, with a national and international reach of over 800 homes.  Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for older people. Abbeyfield Kings Langley Society is one of their independent member societies, focused on helping older people in West Herts live a great life, in a safe place, surrounded by people who care.

If you're passionate about helping older people grow old gracefully, can empathise with the challenges of an ageing population and would enjoy a trustee role that is likely to broaden your horizons, we'd love to hear from you.  

What does the role involve?

The overall role of the treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. This includes:

  • Monitor the financial standing of the charity and report to the Board on cash-flow forecasting, income streams, out-going expenses and the overarching strategic management of the organisation’s financial resources.
  • Oversee the charity’s financial risk-management process and report financial health to the board of trustees at regular intervals.
  • Act as a counter signatory on cheques and applications to funders and ensure that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
  • Liaise with external auditors on financial issues and ensure that the organisation’s finances are responsibly managed and invested for the beneficiaries it serves

As well as the above, you'll also be involved in strategically thinking through how to translate the needs/expectations of current and future generations of older people and their families in terms of better physical accommodation.

Who will be suited to the role?

Our ideal Treasurer will have:

  • Financial qualifications and experience.
  • Qualified accountant would be desirable.
  • Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to others.
  • Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement.
  • Skills and experience in commercial strategic planning and business management.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • An interest and commitment to the organisation’s cause and objectives and willing to act as the charity’s ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and to management.

What difference will you make?

Volunteering as part of an Abbeyfield team is a great opportunity to get beneath the skin of what later life actually means to people in your local community, and to shape your thinking about what it means to be old in the UK.  Ageing is about all of us and is everyone's business - from family members to neighbours or friends; we're all touched in some way by old age.  What better way to put both your critical thinking skills and natural compassion/empathy for this part of the population to great use; help us with some creative and practical models for improving our offering for older people. 

We envisage this role to make a real difference to both the day-to-day health of the business as well as contributing to a better future for our houses and our residents.

What will you gain from volunteering?

You'll be a valued trustee in the governance team of a local independent member society, but you'll also have the benefit of being part of a nationwide charity which is formulating a new long-term strategy for its membership.  This is an interesting time to join the Abbeyfield Kings Langley Society! 

Further details

This role requires approximately 1 - 2 days per month, mostly from home but to include meetings. There are 8 meetings per year about every 6 weeks. They are held at Garrad House, in the evenings and last no more than 2 hours.

Abbeyfield is committed to supporting its Trustees and provides a thorough induction to the organisation and role.  You will be expected to attend some training events relevant to the role as necessary.

How to apply

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please send a CV and cover letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience match the person specification, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information.