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Volunteering Opportunities for CAs

Volunteering opportunities for CAs

ICAS fully supports members taking on voluntary roles, and if you are interested in using your skills and expertise to make a difference we have a range of volunteering opportunities for you to support.

Accountants can play a key role in making sure groups are able to raise funds, plan business strategy, and can work with bodies to ensure the smooth running of not-for-profit organisations.

Taking on a voluntary role can be a great opportunity for CAs to use their experience and skills to make a positive difference, and many finance professionals who volunteer claim giving back is one of the main perks of the role.

A list of non-profit organisations currently accepting vacancies are listed below - we hope you feel inspired to volunteer.

We also encourage non-members from the accounting and finance community to take up these opportunities.

Guidance and CPD

Members who are looking to get involved in volunteering for a charity should ensure that they keep up-to-date with charity sector developments relevant to their role, which will comply with ICAS CPD requirements. For members acting as volunteer independent examiners, ICAS has issued additional CA Scottish charity Guidance for you.

Advertise a voluntary position with us

If you're a charity or a voluntary organisation looking for a CA, and would like to place a vacancy advertisement on our website, please complete our submissions form.

Available volunteering opportunities:

Board Trustee, Simon Community Scotland

About the employer

Simon Community Scotland is a Scottish charity wholly focussed on tackling the causes and effects of homelessness. We have over 50 years' experience of partnership working in responding to the complex needs of people whose journey towards homelessness often began at an early age.

We are a wholly values-driven provider of specialist street outreach services in Glasgow and Edinburgh, intensive community outreach support emergency and supported accommodation services, and we are the largest provider of specialist homelessness provision for women experiencing homelessness. Our services are spread across 4 Local Authority areas, along with a national programme bringing digital inclusion to the very heart of homelessness provision.

We have a team of over 300+ staff and volunteers delivering personalised solutions for over 3000 people per year.
Most recently, Simon Community Scotland joined forces with Streetwork based in Edinburgh, becoming one unified organisation and amalgamating the two largest street outreach teams in the country. Emerging as a stronger influence in homelessness with no other organisation reaching more people who have nowhere safe or secure to call home in Scotland.

About the vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for 2 Trustees to join our Board and contribute to our respected pool of expertise. Ideally, applicants will have a range of relevant skills and a keen interest combatting the causes and effects of homelessness. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with expertise in:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Property
  • Social Care
  • Digital and IT
  • PR/Communication
  • Business Development

Individuals are required to play an active role in the work of the Board and Sub-Committees, including Strategic Planning and ensuring good Governance. Individuals are also required to get to know other Board members and help build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.

Time commitment

  • Tenure is initially for 3 years (up to a maximum 2 terms of 3 years).
  • Attend 6 Board Meetings per year on the last Tuesday (evening) of every 2nd month (commencing in January), at our Head Office in Glasgow.
  • Join one Sub-Committee - (Finance (quarterly), HR & Governance, Audit & Risk (bi-yearly).
  • Visit 2 services per year.


If this opportunity interests you, please visit Simon Community Scotland for the application form.

For any assistance or more information, please contact Anne-Marie Livingston (Corporate Service Manager).

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 26 July 2019.

Members in Practice Advisory Board, ICAS

About the employer

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), received its Royal Charter in 1854 and is the oldest professional body of accountants in the world. We were the first body to adopt the designation ‘Chartered Accountant’ and the designatory letters ‘CA’ are the exclusive privilege of Members of ICAS in the UK. With over 21,500 Members working in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world, ICAS is a highly respected regulator, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of ethical behaviour and technical competence.

About the vacancy

The Members in Practice Advisory Board has been set up by ICAS to serve the needs of small and medium-sized CA practices.

During the remainder of 2019, several vacancies will arise within our Members in Practice Advisory Board. We now invite expressions of interest to fill these and other vacancies as we look to enhance the board composition.

The board meets every 3 months to discuss matters affecting practitioners. It considers how ICAS can help practitioners deal with the issues which they face in their day to day working lives and ensures that ICAS has the necessary support structures in place.

About the candidate

As the Board represents the ICAS practice community, all applicants must work in practice or perform work which requires them to have a practicing certificate. The composition of the board aims to be broadly reflective of the ICAS practice community and therefore applications are invited from members irrespective of career stage or practice specialisms.

All applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to demonstrate knowledge and empathy with the challenges which face members in practice, and possess the ability to work constructively as part of a team.

Time commitment

Appointments are made for an initial three-year term and may be renewed for a further three years at the discretion of the ICAS Nominations Committee. The board meets 4 times per year in Edinburgh and applicants should be able to commit to attend meetings which typically last for 3 to 4 hours.

All travel expenses relating to attendance at board meetings will be met.


If this opportunity interests you, please send us details setting out why you would like to become involved in MiPAB, why you consider you would be suitable and a note of any particular practice areas of interest you have. by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

If you wish to discuss informally prior to submitting an expression of interest, or if you are unable to commit to a board position but wish to discuss potential involvement in practice activities and initiatives, please contact David Menzies, Director of Practice or Jeremy Clarke, Assistant Director of Practice.

The closing date for expressions of interest is noon on Monday 22 July 2019.

Trustee, The Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (SCABA)

About the Employer

The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. This can be for a variety of reasons such as ill health, redundancy, debt, re-training etc. We help by providing grants, loans, benefits advice and support visits.

About the Vacancy

We are looking for fellow CAs to join our current team of Trustees to support the continuous development of SCABA. It is a rewarding organisation to be part of and by volunteering with us you can make a real difference to the lives of those we support.

Skills and experience

All applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, possess the ability to work constructively as part of a team and be passionate about making a difference to people’s lives.

Time commitment

The time commitment is for 4 meetings a year which are held during the day at ICAS offices in Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh.

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee then please contact Caroline Christie CA, Charity Administrator or call 07722 932120.


  • Career development
  • Career mentoring
  • Not for profit
  • CA life
  • Volunteering

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