Treasurer (voluntary), travel expenses paid

Job Title: Treasurer (voluntary), travel expenses paid
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hampshire
Reference: ASTOTreas
Contact Name: Lucy Grodie
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 18, 2020 15:48

Job Description

The Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO) is the umbrella body for Sail Training organisations in the UK. We support more than 30 charitable organisations with grants, training, advocacy and conferences. ASTO is now looking for an enthusiastic and capable new board member to act as Treasurer.

About UK Sail Training

The aim of Sail Training organisations is to use sailing and living together on board a large offshore vessel as a tool for self-development for young people and disabled people.

The experience of a Sail Training adventure, with its intense teamwork and feeling of working together to tame the natural elements, brings a sense of pride and achievement. This has been shown to directly build resilience and self-confidence and give trainees the skills to go on to lead better lives.

About ASTO

ASTO is the umbrella body for UK Sail Training. Our more than 30 member organisations provide Sail Training adventures for 10,000 young people and 2000 disabled people each year.

ASTO has 3 staff members, and a Board currently consisting of 10 people. ASTO’s support for member organisations includes:

  • Regular grant giving to enable operators to provide Sail Training for young people
  • Grants for staff and volunteer training
  • Online training courses for staff and volunteers
  • Annual meetings to share good practice in the sector
  • Advice and advocacy for Sail Training as a youth development activity
  • Promoting Sail Training opportunities
  • Advising the public on Sail Training opportunities
  • Liaising with government agencies and national governance bodies
  • In addition, ASTO organises sailing regattas for our member organisations that raise awareness of Sail Training and are an opportunity for vessels and young people to compete in friendly rivalry.

The bulk of ASTO’s income is from our investments. We also own the literary rights to some 30 works of fiction, we would like to increase our income from these.  A sub-committee of Trustees is responsible for the investment policy and overseeing the professional investment managers; it is expected that the Treasurer will join this committee.

Key responsibilities:

  • oversee all financial aspects of the charity, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to ensure its short and long-term viability
  • assist the Chair, other honorary officers and the General Manager in ensuring that the Board of Trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper financial governance of the charity.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.



In addition, the role of Treasurer will involve the following duties:

Weekly approval of outgoing payments via online banking

Monthly reconciliation of the bank statements with the accounting software (transactions are input by the admin staff)


Time commitment:  The Treasurer will need to spend about 1 hour a week on routine business. In addition, there will be 3 board meetings and 2 Investment committee meetings per annum. These are usually in London or Southampton but currently online.


Person description

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities and experience:

• excellent financial management and literacy skills, including bookkeeping and accounting;

• excellent attention to detail and communication skills;

• the ability to build a supportive and motivational relationship with the General Manager;


The following additional criteria are desirable but not essential:

A passion for Sail Training and opportunities for young people and disabled people



To express your interest, please contact ASTO on outlining your experience, amount of time you can commit and any further relevant information. You can find further information about ASTO on . Closing date for applications is the 31st December 2020.