Making a difference: volunteering opportunities for CAs

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:

CEO, RAMH recovery across mental health

  • Employer: RAMH recovery across mental health
  • Contact: Stephen McLellan (T: 0141 847 8900)
  • Location: Paisley
  • Closing date for applications: Open

About the employer

We provide support to people who experience mental ill health. We are a recognised Charity in Scotland (SC010430) and a Company Limited by Guarantee SC141458. Our turnover for 2016/17 was £3.8m. We DO NOT have a pension liability. Our reserves are approx. £666,000. Based in Paisley, we support around 4,000 individuals each year. We have attained Investors in People 'Gold Standard' and are recognised as one of Scotland's most prominent 3rd sector mental health organisations.

About the vacancy

We would like to attract a forward thinking individual with experience of Finance / Accountancy onto our Board of Trustees, to advise on good practice and governance in relation to Financial management. This is a voluntary role and you will join a group of around 6 other Trustees. There are 5-6 Board meetings a year, but we would hope for the successful applicant to support the facilitation of a 'Finance Committee' in the interim: again around 5-6 times a year. 2018 represents the 40th anniversary of RAMH and we look to build on the strength of the organisation and the growing awareness of the importance of positive mental health for the future.

Time Commitment

Each meeting is for up to 2 hours. The time commitment is around 20 hours a year.


Please contact Stephen McLellan, CEO in the first instance via email provided, or call on number provided.

Board Member / Treasurer, WRASAC Dundee and Angus

About the employer

Since 1984, we support women, children and young people affected by all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation and raise public awareness of the damaging and life-changing effects of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation.

About the vacancy

We are looking for committed and dynamic women to join our Volunteer Board of Governors to contribute to the governance and strategic development of our growing services. We are looking to recruit members especially with key skills and experience the field of finance

Time Commitment

Four hours per month.


Through the application form which is downloadable online. If you would like to have a chat with someone before you decide to apply please call the office and we will arrange a meeting with one of our existing board members or the organisation's manage (T: 01382 205556).

Treasurer, North Lands Creative

About the employer

North Lands Creative is unique. It is the Scottish centre of excellence in glass making offering high quality studio facilities in a landscape rich with rare and dramatic natural beauty, quality of light and history. It is an inspirational environment for artists which has an enduring influence on their glass and art practice.

About the vacancy

North Lands Creative is looking for a Treasurer to join its active Board. We are looking for people who are excited by the opportunity to work with a small and innovative charity and who share our values and enthusiasm to respond to a new era in Caithness creative and community life and deliver a broad range of high quality creative experiences for local, national and international artists, audiences and participants.

Time Commitment

Board members stand for terms of three years, with the chance to be re-elected for a further term of three years (maximum term is six years). Board members are able to resign before the end of their set term. The Board member will need to put their resignation in writing, and give a month’s notice.


Please email me your CV and a covering letter, explaining why you are interested in this position.

Trustee, Edinburgh College Development Trust

About the employer

Edinburgh College Development Trust is an independent grant-making charity which helps Edinburgh College’s students, some of whom are from challenging backgrounds, in additional ways to those for which the College is awarded government funding.

The Trust’s main areas of interest are improving employability and life skills in students, and promoting positive mental wellbeing so that students can maximise their time at college, as well as campus improvements.

This is a great time for a trustee who is interested in helping young people to get on in life to join the charity as the Development Trust is in the process of making a step change in its strategic mission, governance, and fundraising.

About the vacancy

Trustees oversee the running of the charity from a strategy point of view, and represent the charity. A recent skills audit identified a some skills gaps, and we are now recruiting four trustees with a mix of skills:

- Financial knowledge ideally within the charity environment

- Professional charity fundraising/ income generation

- Charity management

- Legal knowledge

It would also be beneficial if trustees had some knowledge of/contacts within one or more of the following college curriculum areas:

- Creative Industries (art & design, broadcast media and photography, music & sound production, performing arts, computing)

- Health, Wellbeing and Social Science (health, childcare, social care, sport & fitness, social science, special needs)

- Hospitality, Tourism and Business (beauty & hair, business, finance and legal services, professional cookery and hospitality, events and retail, travel, tourism, modern languages, ESOL).

Time Commitment

Four meetings per year, usually Thursdays 4-6pm. Preparation time for these meetings (you'll receive papers one week in advance). Occasional additional meetings and representing the Trust at other events.


Please contact Development Trust Manager Sheena Stone for an informal chat and/or an information/application pack by email or call 0131 297 9544.

Board Member, Venture Trust

About the employer

Venture Trust helps people transform their lives. We work with people, who because of their life circumstances, have become marginalised and vulnerable, to support them towards making and sustaining positive changes in their lives. With support individuals develop skills and strategies to improve confidence and motivation and to maintain positive personal relationships or enter into training, education or employment and for those involved in offending to reduce the risk of reoffending.

Venture Trust works in partnership; in communities and in the wilderness of Scotland, delivering transformational and innovative personal development programmes.

About the vacancy

The Board of Trustees lead the organisation; bringing a range of expertise, skills and experience and offering objectivity, support and challenge, and policy and business insights, working with the senior staff team to shape and drive Venture Trust's strategy and plans.

We are looking for new Board Members who can help us take Venture Trust forward by enhancing our reputation and growing to deliver high quality personal development and employability services which provide the greatest impact to enable and support some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged people.

We would be particularly interested in hearing from people with experience and expertise in the Finance sector: individuals with a financial background will bolster the Board’s ability to assess and mitigate financial risks, and support the staff team to ensure sound financial management practice.

This role will also involve participation in, and potentially chairing of, the Finance and HR Board sub-committee.

Time Commitment

Board meetings are held quarterly in February, May, August and November. Meetings normally start at 17.00 and last for three hours. Governance committees also meet quarterly normally two weeks before the Board meeting, and an AGM is also held in August.


Please visit our website for a full Board member role description and advert. Please send a CV and note of interest to

Board / Committee Positions, IFAC

  • Employer: IFAC
  • Closing date for applications: 15 February 2018
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About the employer

IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

About the vacancy

The International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) is seeking exceptional candidates with a strong commitment to the public interest to contribute to the strength and vitality of accounting globally by filling open volunteer positions.

The Call for Nominations for the IFAC Board and Committees in 2019,issued today, details openings and the requirements for successful nominations for membership on the IFAC Board, Compliance Advisory Panel, and three IFAC committees — Professional Accountants in Business Committee, Professional Accountancy Organization Development Committee, and Small and Medium Practices Committee.

For 2019, the Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the next IFAC Deputy President. Nominees for this key leadership position should be senior and highly respected members of the profession, able to demonstrate a commitment to IFAC’s strategy and mission, and make astute business decisions in the best interest of the public and the global profession.

Nominees are also sought for Chair of the Compliance Advisory Panel for 2018, an important leadership role that works directly with IFAC’s member organizations and global adoption and implementation of international standards.

“Each year, we ask our members to help us find diverse, accomplished leaders committed to the public interest and advancing the global accountancy profession,” said IFAC President Rachel Grimes. “With an emphasis on diversity and two significant leadership positions open, we are seeking nominations from all sectors and jurisdictions. We also thank our member organizations for the time and resources devoted to ensure continuing leadership development for future nominations.”

The Nominating Committee encourages all IFAC members to review the Call for Nominations, including the detailed information on vacancies and composition targets as well as specific membership qualifications and requirements. The companion guide offers strategic guidance in selecting candidates, including identifying the most qualified nominee for each available position. IFAC members are encouraged to make diverse nominations that reflect the depth and breadth of the global accountancy profession. Gender equality is especially important to the Nominating Committee to ensure balance on the IFAC Board and other committees; nominations of qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.

Time commitment

The IFAC Deputy President is a two-year term position with a significant annual time and travel commitment.


Nominations can be submitted online via the Nominations Database by February 15, 2018. Additional information on the Nominating Committee and its open, transparent selection process is available on the Nominating Committee web page.


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