Many of our charity partners are seeking trustees and treasurers and would love to secure the services of an accountant to take on this very rewarding role. If you would be interested in becoming a trustee or a treasurer, see our current UK volunteer opportunities here, or express your interest here.
If you are a charity or an NGO and would like AfID’s support in finding your next trustee or treasurer, then let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why become a trustee or a treasurer?
Being a trustee is a rewardable and enjoyable way to be involved in a charity, build on your experience of strategy and management, or find out more about the non-profit sector before making a career change.
What is a trustee?
A trustee is a member of the governing board of a charity who are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity. Being a trustee of a charity gives you a great opportunity to use and develop your skills to help a charity on a part time basis. The board of trustees of a charity would be responsible for ensuring that the organisation has a clearly aligned set of goals and strategy and would take overall legal responsibility for the organisation’s work.
What is a treasurer?
An Honorary Treasurer (treasurer) is a member of the board of trustees, but takes a more senior responsibility for the financial management of the charity – the board of trustees would often look to the treasurer for advice and guidance. The treasurers’ role would be to oversee the financial administration, reporting and risk management of the organisation, whilst also acting as board-level representation for the Chief Executive, funders and auditors.
There are numerous online resources that provide further information on the roles and responsibilities of trustees and treasurers. Here are the links to a few sites and resources that we have found particularly useful.
- ICAEW, Charity trustee role and responsibilities
- Charity Commission: Trustee Handbook [DOWNLOAD]
- Gov.uk: The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do
- ICAEW, Becoming an Honorary Treasurer
- Mango, Job Spotlight: Treasurer
- Crowe Clarke Whitehill: Six insights for Trustees [DOWNLOAD]