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Volunteer Treasurer

West Northumberland Food Bank


Posted over 30 days ago...

We are looking for a finance professional who is passionate about social justice, who wants to see our communities free from poverty who can put their skills, qualities and experience to good use on our board of trustees.


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Hexham, NE463HN

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

The day-to-day accounts are handled by our bookkeeper who works closely with the Treasurer and produces month end accounts for their review. The Treasurer ensures that effective and appropriate financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place and reports to the Board at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation.    Treasurer role 

Overseeing the preparation of budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the Board of Trustees.   Being available after month end to review accounts with bookkeeper and schedule their distribution to board  Ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, and that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.   Ensuring that robust and comprehensive financial policies are in place and being implemented, and supporting the development of policies covering financial reserves, and cost management.   Monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity.   Overseeing financial controls and adherence to systems, regularly liaising with the Project Manager.  Advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan, including overseeing the charity’s financial risk-management process   Ensuring investments and assets are maximised.  Lead on the appointment of and liaison with the independent examiner.   Oversee the development and implementation of systems for appraising, mitigating and reporting risk.   Ensuring that the accounts are prepared in accordance with the Charity SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice).   Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities and liaising with the Project Manager to develop the financial understanding of the Board of Trustees.  Review and submission of Gift Aid claims to HMRC. 

    What we are looking for   

A finance professional. A knowledge of charity finance is an advantage, otherwise an enthusiasm to learn, drawing from sound commercial experience and an understanding of SMEs. 

Willing to play an active role in areas such as forecasting, setting budgets, liaising with the independent examiner.   

What are we looking for?

Attributes and qualities  We are looking for someone willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board.  Someone who will be responsive, as a small charity, things sometimes ‘come up’ that require the Treasurer to advise, support or give consent to. It is very helpful to have a Treasurer who is available and responsive.      Personal skills and qualities 

Willingness and ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.  Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.  Effective communication skills and willingness to participate actively in discussion.   A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.  Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.  Willingness to lead according to our values   Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership 

What difference will you make?

Our trustees play a vital role overseeing the management and administration of our charity, ensuring we have a clear strategy to grow and thrive so we can continue to provide vital support to people experiencing poverty for as long as we are needed.   “Personally, WNFB has been a life saver to me” “It's an invaluable service. There would be so many people who would collapse without the food bank”   If you want to be part of a team making such a difference to people, then please get on touch! 


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