Treasurer - The Charity for Civil Servants

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Organisation: Charity for Civil Servants

Location London/Surrey, London (Central), SM3 8DY
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit No (London/Surrey)
Application deadline 13 Nov 2017
Opportunity type Trustee/Governor
Reference number J55992

Opportunity description

The Charity for Civil Servants is seeking a trustee who could take over as Treasurer when the incumbent steps down in 2018 or 2019. 

The role

The Charity for Civil Servants is seeking a trustee who could take over as Treasurer when the incumbent steps down in 2018 or 2019.

The Charity for Civil Servants (previously the Civil Service Benevolent Fund) supports all Civil Servants, past and present, throughout their lives with whatever problems they may have.  Through a team of trained advisors, the Charity is able to support Civil Servants to cope with a number of issues, including: reducing stress, handling debt, managing caring responsibilities, mental health and wellbeing issues, relationship breakdown, bereavement, retirement and residential care advice and dealing with emergencies.

The Treasurer will be expected to fulfil the role of an effective Trustee as defined by the Charity Commission, whilst overseeing the financial matters of the Charity in line with best practice and in compliance with legal requirements and the Charity’s governing document.

The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Maintaining an overview of the Charity’s financial affairs and ensuring its financial viability.

  • Chairing the Charity’s Finance and Audit Committee and reporting back to the Board of trustees.

  • Guiding and advising fellow trustees in the Board’s formal approval of the annual report and audited accounts.

  • Sitting on the Charity’s Investment Committee.

  • Ensuring the Board is informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.

Required skills

  • Accountancy
  • Financial management

Person description


Financial Skills and Experience

  • Significant financial experience either at Finance Director level or advising significant corporates and/or charities.

  • Able to present financial information to non-financial colleagues in an appropriate manner.

  • Able to interpret financial statements and information and to ask appropriate questions.

  • Experience of internal controls and risk management.

  • Experience of working with internal and external auditors.

Core Skills and Experience

  • Empathetic to the values and objectives of The Charity for Civil Servants.

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal responsibilities of being a charity Trustee.

  • Previous experience of working at Board level, ideally either as a trustee or non-executive director.

  • An understanding of key aspects of governance, including the development of strategic plans and the implications of conflicts of interest.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Good team player, respectful of others opinions and point of view.

  • Strategic vision;

  • Good independent judgement; and

  • Ability to think creatively and the willingness to speak openly.

What impact the opportunity will have

The Charity for Civil Servants is the occupational charity for civil servants and employees of certain organisations associated with the Civil Service.  It is at the forefront of its sector.

While it has always provided a range of help and advice as well as financial support, until very recently the emphasis was on grants of cash to meet short term needs.  The emphasis is shifting rapidly to a wider range of preventative and support services aimed at helping with a variety of life’s problems.  Our website gives a flavour of what is available.

The Charity is undertaking a continuous programme of research to ensure its services are relevant and meet the needs of current staff.  It is rapidly developing new services in response, and works increasingly with other organisations and charities active in fields such as debt and money advice, mental health and relationship breakdown.  A recent development is the introduction of services that are “needs blind” and open to all irrespective of individual financial circumstances.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

The time commitment for meetings would be approximately 7 days per annum as follows:

  • Board Meetings - 2 ½ days (5 half days)
  • Committee Meetings – 4 ½ days (9 meetings of up to 2 hours)

Board meeting and Committee meetings are normally held during office hours in London or Cheam, Surrey, where the Charity’s head office is based.

Once formally elected on to the Board, it is expected that you will serve a minimum of at least one three-year term. 

This is a voluntary role, however, travel expenses will be reimbursed fully.

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

The time commitment is approximately as follows: • Board Meetings - 2 ½ days (5 half days) • Committee Meetings – 4 ½ days (9 2 hour meetings)

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