VocalEyes is seeking a new volunteer to join the VocalEyes Board of Trustees in the role of Treasurer.
The trustees have the ultimate responsibility for running the charity, for its finances and the employment of staff. But being a trustee should also be immensely rewarding, providing opportunities for personal development. And while you bring your skills and energy to the role, we hope you would gain new experience and knowledge. For instance, you will help plan the strategic future of the charity and its work, be involved in advising and developing staff and make policy decisions. You will also ensure VocalEyes is accountable to its beneficiaries, to the Charity Commission and the public in general.
Effective trustee boards need a range of people with a good mix of skills. The best boards are also diverse, with people who have a real understanding of the needs to be met and others with good financial, business and management experience. Half of our current board are blind or partially sighted, and as we aim to maintain or exceed that ratio, we are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience of sight loss.
The overall role of a 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.
The responsibilities of the Treasurer will include:
- Liaising with the organisation’s Finance Manager about financial matters
- keeping the board aware of its financial responsibilities
- being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
- ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy
- ensuring that the accounts are audited in the manner prescribed by regulations, and any recommendations of the auditors implemented
- capable of making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way if required
In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should also possess the following:
- financial experience and business planning skills
- a broad understanding of risk management in the wider business sense
- a background in good governance within a public or private sector organisation
- some experience of organisation finance and fundraising
- the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
- a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
- a willingness to be available to give financial advice and answer enquiries from any staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis.
For more information, download the full Job Description (Trustee Treasurer JD 2018-03-09)
If you are interested, and would like to have an informal chat with the current Treasurer and Chair, please contact the Chief Executive, Matthew Cock by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone on 020 7275 1043.