Trustee (Treasurer)

Job Title: Trustee (Treasurer)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Manchester
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: Ref-123
Contact Name: Elizabeth Barrett
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 25, 2020 10:05

Job Description

Rehinking Economics (RE) is an international network of students, academics and professionals building better economics in society and the classroom. Our vision is of economies which serve people and the planet. Our purpose is to build a diverse movement of people who challenge, interrogate and renew the practice, teaching and application of economics. 

Just a few of our highlights include featuring in the film Boom Bust Boom (now on Netflix), publishing 'The Econocracy', a book outlining our vision for economics, publishing a pluralist economics textbook 'The Rethinking Reader' with Routledge and organising the Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh in 2017 along with INET's Young Scholars Initiative and Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik. Across the world we have held conferences that have brought together students, academics and the general public. Even with the current pandemic, we have successfully moved much of our organising online with a festival in July 2020 that gathered thousands of rethinkers together from all over the world and our videos were watched over 5,000 times across the festival by the attendees.

Whilst we remain a student-powered network, our board of trustees retain ultimate legal responsibility for all aspects of the charity and therefore must ensure all our activities further RE’s charitable purpose and retain effective oversight and scrutiny. Becoming a RE Trustee is an exciting opportunity to provide guidance, support and oversight to an international student movement and ensure that its work is sustainable and effective in the future.

To serve on the board you must be able to attend quarterly trustee meetings (either in person or by video-conferencing, meetings alternate between London and Manchester), read detailed papers and policy documents, act as a personal mentor to a member of staff and serve on a board subcommittee. Roles are non-remunerated and require 1-2 days commitment a month. Please note that this role is unpaid but all expenses e.g. travel, will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy.

Statutory Duties

  • To ensure that Rethinking Economics complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation;

  • To ensure that Rethinking Economics pursues its charitable purpose as defined in governing documents;

  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ integral role (in collaboration with staff and student organisers) in setting the strategic direction of the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

  • To safeguard the good name and values of Rethinking Economics;

  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Rethinking Economics;

  • To ensure the financial stability of Rethinking Economics;

  • To support the co-Directors and wider staff team. 

We are looking for people who have:

  • A commitment to the objectives and values of Rethinking Economics;

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibility and liabilities of trusteeship;

  • Good, independent judgement

  • An ability to think creatively

  • The courage and willingness to speak their mind;

  • A willingness to listen, reflect and respect others’ points of view;

  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.


This role would work closely with the Co-Director and Operations and Finance Coordinator to review and monitor RE’s financial performance and prepare accounts.  


  • Reviewing and monitoring RE’s financial performance

  • Ensuring RE prepares and files proper accounts

  • Ensuring that RE has robust and effective financial controls in place

  • Appraise the financial viability of projects, plans, proposals and other initiatives which may have a financial or structural implication.

  • Oversee the production of regular forecasts, an annual budget and a long term financial plan, in partnership with the Operations Officer and the Finance and HR Committee.


  • It is essential that this trustee is able to understand and interpret routine financial data and has financial or accountancy qualifications or experience

  • Good understanding of financial controls and the legal responsibilities of Trustees in relation to RE’s financial health / financial reporting.

  • Prior experience of charity finance and fundraising.

  • Desirable:


    • Experience of Xero software

    • Experience of Economics Education at University Level

    • Experience of working in higher education (ideally in Economics or related subject) 

    Rethinking Economics is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are also looking to improve our practice in terms of challenging systemic racism and colonialism in the economics discipline and especially welcome applicants with experience/interest in this area. 

    We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past. 


    To apply please send a CV, an Equal Opportunities form (file attached below) and a cover letter to recruitment [at] rethinkeconomics [dot] org with the headline ‘Trustee application’ and either of ‘financial’ or ‘student organising’. Applications should be made before midnight on Sunday 4th October 2020. Please mention how you meet the specified criteria and explain briefly how you can demonstrate the qualities outlined above. Interviews will be held in London or Manchester or via video conference w/c 12th October 2020.