Are you a finance professional keen to widen your experience?

Trustee / Committee volunteer needed for Reading Advice Network in RG1

The Reading Advice Network is a new infrastructure charity which has been formed to support organisations in Reading who provide information, advice and advocacy. Its main aims are to improve the quality and accessibility of the services its member organisations provide by:

  • creating and maintaining a Reading Quality Standard for information, advice and advocacy.
  • sharing knowledge, training and specialist expertise.
  • developing joint outreach services in areas of particular need.
  • providing a forum where members can discuss key issues around information, advice and advocacy services.
  • being the collective voice of members to shape service provision.

The RAN treasurer will also be a trustee – the Trustee Board is likely to meet every 2-3 months. The role will be of interest to a finance professional who is keen to widen their experience and learn new skills but also wants to give something back to their community. The role is not just about compliance and governance activities, safely guiding the charity financially and ensuring that the other trustees understand the financial position, it is also about understanding the bigger picture, having a direct impact on the work of the charity and thus being able to make a real difference for people in Reading.

The overall role of a treasurer is:

  • Maintaining an overview and control of the organisation’s financial affairs.
  • Ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.
  • Ensuring the organisation is compliant with financial legislation governing a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

General responsibilities

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document and any other relevant financial legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • To contribute actively to the Trustee Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall finance policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To ensure that the charity accounts are maintained accurately and on time.
  • To produce management accounts for the Trustee Board’s meetings.
  • To ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.

Treasurer person specification

The key to the role is being able to build trust and inspire confidence; so good communication skills are crucial. The treasurer also needs to be able to explain the technicalities of the accounts in plain language so that other trustees understand and are interested in finance issues to enable informed discussion and decision-making

Contact person firstname
Leslie
Lastname
Macdonald
Contact person's position
Trustee
Mobile?
07780 680 739
Contact instructions?
E-mail
Location address line 1
c/o 21 Alexandra Road
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5PE

Map
Location description
Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
No
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon-Fri daytimeMon EVETue EVEWed EVEThu EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Single dates - PLEASE ignore and use NEW field
Attendance at monthly or bi-monthly Board meetings is required.
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloAnalytical thinkingPrecise and methodicalDecisiveBusiness orientatedNetworkerGood sense of humourSociablePatientCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
No
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Support from colleague trustees to understand the charity and its governance.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reimburse agreed expenses.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
25
Maximum age
70
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
1