Trustee Finance Director

Trustee Finance Director

At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Data protection / GDPR


Edinburgh EH1 1PB, EH1 1PB
Mainly at home, or remote opportunity.
Travel limit? Knowledge of Scottish Charity Law and recent experience working for a Scottish Charity essential


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week
Annually: 6 x 2 hour Board meetings (Tuesday evenings) 6 x 2 hour Finance Sub Committee meetings 2 hour Annual General Meeting 2 planning days

Crew 2000 Scotland reduces drug harms and stigma, improving mental and physical health without judgement.  We're looking for an experienced Finance Director committed to harm reduction and community empowerment.

What will you be doing?

Finance Director (standing Sub Committee)

  • Overseeing the financial function of Crew
  • Ensuring staff compliance with policy and financial regulations
  • Reviewing, understanding, advising and communicating with the Board on company budgeting and accounts (6 x 2 hour Board meetings and Annual General Meeting annually)
  • Assisting in preparation of end of year report and accounts
  • Ensuring Finance Sub Committee meetings are run competently (6 x 2 hour Finance Sub Committee meetings annually)
  • Preparing agendas for the meeting (in consultation with CEO and Management Accountant)
  • Attending regular Finance Sub Committee meetings
  • Reviewing and approving high value purchases

What are we looking for?

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience of strategic decision making                  
  • Working knowledge and understanding of financial measurements              
  • Commitment to Crew’s organisational values:
    • Accepting: “non-judgemental, unconditional positive regard”
    • Genuine: “being genuine and real with each other”
    • Empathic: “walking in someone else’s shoes as if they were your own”
    • Justice-focussed: “acting to change the balance of power towards justice, equality and human dignity”
    • Accountable: “we trust in our courage to own mistakes and learn from them; we are realistic about what we commit to do, and we do it”
  • Commitment to Crew’s harm reduction ethos       
  • Commitment to Crew’s understanding of the need to work with people to effect positive changes
  • Knowledge and understanding of accounting and finance
  • Knowledge and understanding of charity law
  • Knowledge and understanding of fundraising
  • Knowledge and understanding of tendering
  • Not being subject to a disqualification order issued by a court of law under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
  • Not being disqualified from acting as a company director by virtue of any provision of the Act or from acting in the management of a Scottish charity by virtue of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of this Act)


Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous experience on a Board of Trustees            
  • Financial management/accounting experience (essential if Finance Director)     
  • Experience of working in a Scottish charity
  • Experience of successful fundraising
  • Experience of developing successful competitive tenders
  • Experience of successful digital development

What difference will you make?

Your finance experience and expertise will ensure Crew continues to operate sustainably, researching and securing new income streams enabling the staff and volunteer team to continue to develop and improve peer and professional advice, information, training and support to reduce harm and stigma without judgement.  

Numbers of benzodiazepine and cocaine deaths in Scotland and Lothian increased for the last 4 years. Drug-related deaths among young people under the age of 25 increased to 76 in 2019, up from 65 in 2018, compared to 37 in 2017. (National Records of Scotland 2019).

Crew is the only dedicated counselling service in Scotland for people aged 18+ addressing stimulant drug addiction, and demand for support continues to increase.  We do not wait for young people's drug use to become problematic before engaging: our City Centre Drop-in advice shop, Digital Drop-in and Outreach COVID-19 and Crew services ensure that our evidence-based harm reduction strategies, signposting and 1-2-1 support are available for young people aged 12-25 and we are piloting evidence-based 'Just Say Know' education programmes in schools, building the capacity of teachers, parents and carers and people in the community to support young people to make safer choices.

What's in it for the volunteer?

Support and challenge our friendly, highly skilled and committed Board and team to make life better for people affected by stimulant drug use. We encourage our volunteers including Board members to keep learning and updating their understanding of new drug trends, evidence-based harm reduction and initiatives with our European partners NEWNet: a Nightlife Empowerment and Wellbeing Network of professionals, researchers and peer educators.

A few more details

We will send application forms to shortlisted candidates

Before you apply

  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Substance misuse
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people
  • Crew 200 Scotland exists to reduce drug and sexual health related harms and stigma, improving mental and physical health without judgement.

    Strategic Priorities:...