Treasurer (Trustee)

Job Title: Treasurer (Trustee)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Treasurer-CS2020
Contact Name: Madeleine Marcateus
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 04, 2020 09:59

Job Description

Community Southwark (CS) is the main provider of support to the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. Southwark is full of charities and groups who exist in order to help improve and make a difference to people's lives.
We are looking for a dedicated treasurer, who is passionate about helping to support the sector. If you join our trustee team you become part of this wonderfully vibrant and diverse community.

We're looking for someone who:

• will commit to the organisation
• have willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
• have strategic vision
• have good, independent judgment
• have the ability to think creatively
• are willing to speak their mind
• have understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• agree with and follow Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Community Southwark is seeking a Treasurer to join our friendly and skilled Board of Trustees. Please see our current trustees here.
This is an unpaid but highly rewarding role that is key to realising our charity’s mission of supporting local voluntary and community organisations to become more sustainable and have greater impact on the communities they serve.

Summary of role
The Treasurer will take the lead on financial matters on our Board of Trustees by:
• Making sure the charity keeps proper accounts;
• Reviewing the charity’s financial performance;
• Drawing up and reviewing policies for finance and investment;
• Ensuring the charity has robust and effective financial controls in place;
• Liaising with the Chief Executive, financial staff, and with the charity’s auditor; and
• Reporting on financial matters to our members and other key external partners.

Person specification
We are seeking candidates with the following skills and experience:
• Qualified Chartered Accountant with at least 3 years’ work experience;
• Committed to the vision, mission and values of Community Southwark;
• Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;
• Team player;
• Strategic thinker;
• Clear communicator i.e. able to explain accounts and financial matters to non-specialists; and
• Understanding of the duties and responsibilities of Trustees and the Treasurer.
Although ideal, experience of working in charity finance is not essential for this role, as appropriate training and induction will be provided.

Key relationships
You will work closely with our Chair, a small Finance Committee of Trustees, our Chief Executive and a freelance bookkeeper to carry out your role.

Time commitment
You will need to be available to attend five Board meetings, three Finance Committee meetings, and one Annual General Meeting each year. These meetings normally take place on weekday evenings at our offices in Camberwell, South London. The rest of the role can be worked flexibly at a time and place of your choosing.

About Community Southwark
Community Southwark is an incorporated charity and provides several functions to local voluntary and community organisations, volunteers, the public sector and businesses. We host Healthwatch Southwark and Southwark Giving (a local place-based giving scheme) and provide the following services:
• Support and advice: We offer training, in- formation and 1:1 support for charities, social enterprises and grassroots groups to enable them to operative effectively.
• Networking and influencing: We run provider led groups which bring together organisations working in specific sectors to network, collaborate and influence change.
• Volunteering: We provide a volunteering advice service to help individuals who want to volunteer.
• Social Action: We support collaboration between existing community activities at a local level and to help anyone who wants to get more involved in their community to have the information and support to be able to so.
• Corporate volunteering: We provide a service for groups of corporate volunteers to undertake practical or skills-based volunteering activities with local groups. Community Southwark currently receives core funding from Southwark Council in the form of a contract with an end date of March 2024. Our income was £1.3 million in financial year 2018/19. Our latest annual report and financial accounts can be found on our website or in the application pack.

Duties and responsibilities
As a member of our Board of Trustees, you will have the normal legal duties of a Charity Trustee and Company Director as set out here and here . Duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer will also include:
• Working with the Chief Executive to prepare the annual budget;
• Working with the Chief Executive to monitor and report on the charity’s financial performance
and health in accordance with standards of best practice in charity finance;
• Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future
needs and presenting options to the Board of Trustees;
• Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and financial controls are in place;
• Liaising with the Chief Executive and Bookkeeper to ensure that financial information is
provided to the Board of Trustees in a clear and comprehensible format
• Ensuring that accounts are scrutinised as required by auditors and liaising with them on behalf
of the Board of Trustees; and
• Advising the Board of Trustees on the identification and management of significant financial
risks to the charity;
• Assisting in preparing the financial sections of the Annual Report
• Chairing the Finance sub-committee in accordance with its Terms of Reference; and
• Advising the Chief Executive on financial aspects of significant grants and contracts.
Term of Office
• The term of office for elected trustees is three years. At the end of this period, trustees may be nominated for a further three-year term. No trustee shall serve for more than six consecutive years.

How to apply?
Please email your CV and a short covering letter (one side of A4) explaining how you meet the person specification to the Board of Trustees at: before midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020.