Treasurer (Trustee)

Treasurer (Trustee)

Trustee/Governor
J67302
At a glance

Skills

  • Financial management

Where

North Kensington, W10 5QZ
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 10 miles

Time

Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Quarterly Trustee Board meetings - approximately 1.5 hours Quarterly Finance Sub-C meetings - approximately 1.5 hours Various: 1 hour/month

An opportunity to join our experienced and effective Trustee Board, delivering advice and casework across all areas of social welfare law to the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

What will you be doing?

Citizens Advice Kensington & Chelsea helps people resolve their legal, financial and other problems by providing information and advice. The charity is governed and managed locally but benefits from being a member of a large and influential national organisation.

Citizens Advice is a significant and successful part of a cohesive and vibrant voluntary sector in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We deliver a well-established and innovative range of advice services through our offices on Portobello Road and King’s Road, and via outreach locations in hospitals, the Town Hall and HMP Wormwood Scrubs. 

Demand for our assistance has increased steadily in recent years. Our service is free, independent, confidential and impartial. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join as treasurer and take overall responsibility for financial matters and ensure that the organisation complies with legislative and regulatory requirements in relation to financial affairs. They can expect to work closely with the Chair of the board of Trustees, the CEO, as well as providing support to the experienced finance manager. They will chair a finance sub-committee which reports to the Board. The post is an important and vital role in this challenging and diverse community stretching from Chelsea in the south to Notting Hill and North Kensington.

Citizens Advice is well supported by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The service is led by an experienced and established CEO and senior management team who lead a team of 35 paid staff (including advisers, solicitors and other specialists) supported by 50 volunteers and an operating budget of around £1.3 million.

Board meetings are quarterly (evening) and the role will involve some work outside of these meetings. Most trustees balance the role with full time work. Quarterly meetings generally take place in Kensington Town Hall or in one of our offices in the borough.

We are looking for our Treasurer to join as soon as possible so as to be in a position to take up the role later in 2020 when the current treasurer stands down. Interested parties should get in touch as soon as possible.  

What are we looking for?

  • Experience of financial management
  • Local knowledge of RBKC is a "nice to have"
  • Accountancy knowledge is also "nice to have"

What difference will you make?

Our treasurer is intgegral to allowing us  to make a huge difference to the lives of 11,000-12,0000 people every year: assisting everyone in need of legal advice and assistance including the most vulnerable and hard to reach residents, including the Grenfell survivors (under a dedicated project), in psychiatric hospitals with inpatients and outpatients, assisting them to obtain housing when homeless, remain in their homes when threatened with eviction, appeal erroneous benefits decisions so they can afford to live, deal with creditors and manage their affairs.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will join a relatively new board of engaged trustees who bring a portfolio of different skills from their careers to assist our organisation with its vital work.

Causes
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Campaigning
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Criminal justice
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Social care
  • Substance misuse
  • Women
  • Young people
  • We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people's lives.   Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.