Finance Director for the Wilts & Berks Canal trust

Finance Director for the Wilts & Berks Canal trust

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • General / operations management
  • Volunteer management


Dauntsey Lock, SN15 4HD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Living within Wiltshire, south Oxfordshire and north Berkshire


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
3 - 7 hours per week


31 Aug 2024

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

Lead the finance team and its activities, ensuring all Trust procedures and good accounting practice are followed.  You will help us achieve the full restoration of the Wilts & Berks canal.

What will you be doing?

  1. oversight of the finance team and its activities, ensuring all Trust procedures and good accounting practice are followed
  2. Ensure monthly and annual accounts are prepared and authorised
  3. Ensure compliance with relevant Government and Charity Commission requirements
  4. Increase the capacity of the Finance Team as required and develop the internal processes
  5. Together with the Treasurer, ensure appropriate payments are authorised and complete
  6. Ensure the Trust’s cash position is monitored and protected

(You will not be responsible for the detailed production of the accounts as this is completed by the Head of Accounts)

  • Work with the CEO, Trustees and Directors to help define and create an effective finance function to deliver the Trust’s restoration plans
  • Provide progress reports to the CEO and Leadership Team
  • Chair the Finance Team Meetings
  • Development of individual tasks with the Head of Accounts and the team
  • Motivation of the volunteer team
  • Working with the HR Manager to interview and ensure induction of new finance team members
  • Preparation of the annual budget

What are we looking for?

  • Strong leadership and understanding of the need for consistent management processes
  • Chartered accountant
  • Ability to manage diverse teams and liaise with internal stakeholder groups
  • Ability to develop structure, recruit and motivate
  • Personal computing facilities including reliable internet access

What difference will you make?

You will be part of a passionate team of volunteers whose aim it is to fully restore the 70 miles of the Wilts & Berks canal for the benefit of the public and the environment.

Before you apply

Please contact us via Reach with any questions.

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