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Organisation: Respect

Location Hackney, London (East), EC2A 4LT
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit No
Opportunity type Trustee/Governor
Reference number J54059

Opportunity description

Respect, a pioneering domestic violence organisation, is looking for a Treasurer to help ensure the charity's financial viability and stability; and advise the Board of Trustees on the financial implications of all decisions. 

The role

Respect is a national domestic abuse charity, which supports frontline organisations across the UK, so that together we can end domestic abuse.

We are recruiting a Treasurer who is passionate about stopping domestic violence to sit on our board of trustees. This is an important role and applicants should feel confident in their ability to grasp a thorough understanding of the charity’s finances, as well as contributing prompt consideration and guidance about arising financial matters to both board members and staff.


As an officer of our board, the Treasurer’s responsibilities will include:

  • Maintain an overview of Respect's financial affairs
  • Ensure the organisation’s financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained
  • Chair the operations sub-committee


The Treasurer will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • Ensuring that the financial resources of Respect meet its present and future needs
  • Ensuring that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • The timely preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board (task delegated to the Finance team)
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Advising on the financial implications of Respect's strategic plans
  • Ensuring Respect's compliance with legislation
  • Ensuring equipment and assets are adequately maintained and insured
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies
  • If external scrutiny of accounts is required, ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of Respect
  • 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
  • Working with the Board’s Chair and Vice Chair to ensure the smooth running of procedures.


Required skills

  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning

Person description

  • Financial qualifications and experience: desirable
  • Some experience of charity finance, fundraising and pension schemes
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the Board
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • Commitment to and willingness to work in accordance with Respect’s policies and procedures
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort (4 Board meetings a year, taking place on a weekday 2-6pm and 4 Operations subgroup meetings, by teleconference lasting 2 hours each, also being available for ad hoc advice to the Finance Team and liaising with the Chair, the CEO and others, as needed)
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

What impact the opportunity will have

Respects work is wide ranging: we offer accreditation of specialist Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes; we provide training for individuals and organisations working in the sector; we lobby influencers to improve policy and practice; we support up-to-date research undertaken by specialists in the field; and we fundraise to ensure important work continues to happen. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to support this work, and ultimately, help us reach our goal of stopping domestic violence.

The Treasurer is the link between the Board and the organisation's finance team (Finance Manager, Operations Director); as well as the external Management Accountant and the Auditors. The Treasurer will make sure the organisation's financial resources are adequate for present and future spending and that proper accounting procedures and controls are in place. The role of the Treasurer is key in ensuring the financial viability of the organisation so its aims and objectives can be achieved. 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Unusually in the domestic violence sector, Respect has a mixed gender staff team and Board of Trustees. This is your chance to work with a diverse team that is passionate about men and women working together to end domestic violence.

The Treasurer will have the opportunity to shape the financial future of a unique charity and work with other trustees and the staff team. In the last month alone, Respect’s helplines provided support to over 1,000 service users, and you can help ensure that the charity remains financially viable so that this work can continue.

Full support, induction and reasonable expenses will be provided. 


Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

4 Board meetings, quarterly; 4 Operations subgroup telemeetings, quarterly.

Other details

The Treasurer will be expected to be available to on an ad hoc basis to assist the operations director, the finance officer and management accountant, as well as board members.

See 'Time Commitment' for frequency of meetings. 

Interviews for the Treasurer role will take place in the week starting 23 January 2017. Other dates to note: 8 February, 12:30-14:00 Operations subgroup teleconference; 21 February, 2-6pm, Respect Board meeting, London.

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