Treasurer (Voluntary role)

Job Title: Treasurer (Voluntary role)
Location: London
Salary: non - paid role
Reference: WAGGGS Treasurer (Voluntary role)
Contact Name: Shannon Roche
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 08, 2021 10:59

Job Description

About the Role

We are looking for a highly skilled finance professional with significant experience in charity finance who can support the Trustees (the World Board) in fulfilling their responsibilities for the effective financial governance of WAGGGS.

You will have a passion and commitment for issues affecting girls and young women and share WAGGGS’ organisational values of being: Member Driven; Brave; Inclusive; Empowering; Transparent; Professional.

This is a voluntary role, with an initial commitment of 1st January 2022 up to 30th June 2024, but with the possibility of extension for a further three years at that point.

This role is home - based with an annual in-person meeting of the World Board in London (pandemic allowing).

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist the Chair of the World Board in ensuring that the Board is kept informed about, and fulfils its responsibilities for, the financial governance of WAGGGS and maintains the financial viability of the World Association.
  • Oversee the approval and presenting of budgets, management accounts and financial statements and reports to the Board.
  • Ensure that the annual financial statements are prepared and lodged in the form required by the relevant statutory bodies.
  • Ensure that the financial resources of the Association meet its present and future needs.
  • Ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • Advise the World Board on the financial implications of the Association’s strategic and operational plans.
  • Liaise with the investment advisers and monitor the Association’s investment policy and performance of investments.
  • Ensure that WAGGGS complies with all relevant legislation.
  • Ensure that the external audit progresses smoothly and that the Head of Finance meets WAGGGS” audit responsibilities.
  • Establish a constructive working relationship with and provide support to the Head of Finance. Monitor WAGGGS’ risk register and ensure that action plans to mitigate risks are appropriate and timely.
  • To be a voting member, and Chair, of the WAGGGS Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Time Commitment

In addition to chairing the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (which meets four to six times per year) and attending meetings of the World Board (which meets four to six times per year), the Treasurer will need to be available to –

  • Review budgets, annual accounts and quarterly management accounts at appropriate times of the year
  • Provide advice or input to decisions between meetings

About You - Person Specification

The skills, experiences, and attributes required for the WAGGGS Treasurer:

  • A recognised financial qualification and senior financial experience
  • Significant demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity finance, including tax, and fundraising
  • Strong understanding of governance
  • Ability to provide financial oversight and strong financial analysis skills
  • Ability to take a strategic view of WAGGGS’ finances in order to ensure the sustainability of WAGGGS (see the bigger picture and take a longer-term view)
  • Have a strong voice, and influence, at the Board for financial governance purposes
  • Understanding of, and ability to explain, the financial implications of WAGGGS’ operational plans and strategic plans.
  • Understanding of investment policies
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive, Head of Finance and other WAGGGS’ team members
  • Ability to support and provide guidance to the Head of Finance, as required
  • Ability to communicate and explain financial information to others, including fellow Board members
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.

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