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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:

Chair, Victim Support Scotland

About the employer

Victim Support Scotland is looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Victim Support Scotland is the lead charity in Scotland helping people affected by crime. It provides support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. The service is free, confidential and is provided by trained volunteers through a network of community- based victim services and court-based witness services.

About the vacancy

The role extends significantly beyond chairing meetings. It includes acting as a figurehead for the organisation, which may include representing the organisation externally, speaking publicly on its behalf and attending public functions.

The Chair should ensure the Board is made up of an appropriate mix of skills and experience. A key function is that of acting as line manager to the Chief Executive, including working with the CE on personal development. The Chair should also be prepared to act as a 'sounding board' for the CE and to offer political advice. The relationship between Chair and Chief Executive is highly important for the organisation. At times the Chair may also need to assist with the management of the organisation such as budget authorisation and participating in recruitment exercises.

You must have experience of working in a senior role with the ability to think strategically, as well as having an understanding of financial management and business planning. You will have knowledge and experience of governance and be capable of building and maintaining professional relationships at all levels. You will be experienced in leading and motivating teams and possess strong and effective interpersonal skills.

Time commitment

Board roles are unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be paid. A commitment of typically three days in total per month is required, although this may vary depending on business need. This includes meetings, preparation and discussion.


If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile 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.

Board Treasurer, The Welcoming Association

About the employer

We welcome newcomers, build community and learn together.

We do this by:

  • Supporting newcomers to learn English, find jobs and access local services
  • Offering opportunities for friendship, creativity, health and well-being in Edinburgh
  • Connecting locals and newcomers through social and cultural exchange
  • Collaborating with others to share knowledge and influence positive change

About the vacancy

To oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, accurate, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Head of Finance/ Audit Committee
  • Guide and advise fellow trustees to formally approve the annual report and audited accounts.
  • Ensure that annual accounts are submitted to all relevant regulators in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure proper finance records are kept and that effective procedures are in place.
  • Liaise with relevant staff to ensure regular and effective monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the organisation to the Board.
  • Make fellow Board members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Act as a counter signatory on cheques and applications to funders.
  • Advise on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans and oversee the organisation's financial risk-management process.
  • Oversee planning/budgeting processes in participation with the Board and constructively challenge where required.
  • Develop reserves policy and safeguard the organisation's finances.
  • Keep the board informed of free reserves position regularly and advise to cope with changing circumstances.

Time commitment

Attendance at 6 Board meetings plus 1-2 strategy workshops per year, and occasional time in the office with Welcoming staff.


If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Chair, The Eastgate Theatre (Peebles)

About the employer

The Eastgate Theatre in the centre of Peebles is the busiest arts venue in the Scottish Borders, staging more than 200 events a year in the theatre ranging across music, theatre, talks, mainstream and arts cinema, comedy and relays from Covent Garden and the National Theatre. The imposing building, a former church, is on the town's High Street.

The auditorium, on the first floor, is the Eastgate's main performance space. It can be set up theatre style with 230 seats, or with the raked seating retracted to provide either a cabaret-style setting with tables and chairs or a clear space for dancing or workshops.

The other arts space is the Anne Younger Studio on the ground floor. This adaptable space is in use every day for classes, workshops, rehearsals and meetings, and often displays exhibitions by artists from the Scottish Borders and further afield. Also at ground floor level is the welcoming cafe bar, the foyer and box office.

The Theatre opened its doors in 2004 with huge support from the local community and has continued to play an important part in the life of the town.

This summer the building will undergo a major redevelopment with significant improvements being made to the auditorium and the cafe/foyer area.

About the vacancy

The Eastgate Theatre has vacancies for three new Board Members. In particular, we require someone with financial expertise, preferably gained working in or providing a support service for a small or medium sized business.

This Board position will provide a good opportunity for someone looking to influence the Theatre's future during a period of significant change. The Board is seeking to build and grow the business providing a sustainable community hub for the people of Peebles as well as attracting tourists and visitors to the town.

This Board position is likely to provide a good development opportunity for those seeking non-executive director experience. Applications are welcome from all but to enhance the diversity of the Board we are particularly interested in hearing from people aged under 50.

Time commitment

The Board meets every six weeks in Peebles. Meetings are generally held on a Thursday from 5pm - 7pm.


If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Independent Committee Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

About the employer

As the world's leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace - with more than 47,000 members in over 130 countries - we are seeking to recruit Independent Committee Members to join our Board Committees.

This is a very exciting time for IOSH. We are in the middle of delivering momentous change as we successfully work through implementing our ambitious five-year strategy WORK 2022 - shaping the future of safety and health, underpinned by an organisation-wide transformation programme 'Transforming Together'.

Millions of people have their lives severely affected because of the work they do, with illness, injury and death all too common. So, if you want to make a difference and be involved in making the global world of work safer, this is a great opportunity to get involved.

About the vacancy

We have four Board Committees which have delegated authority from the Board of Trustees. Each committee has an independent member whose role is to provide impartial advice and support to the committee, using any specific skills, knowledge or experience that they have to help the committee to reach sound decisions and provide assurance to the Board of Trustees.

The Audit and Risk Committee is looking for an Independent Member with an accountancy background, ideally a full member of CIMA or a CCAB accounting body, with experience of financial management and accounting policies. You should have experience of operating at a senior level in a business environment and/or relevant qualifications.

The Finance and Investment Committee is looking for an Independent Member with experience of financial management, financial strategy and policy and budget review, gained at a senior level in a business environment. Ideally, you will also have knowledge of investment management including investment strategy and performance review, with an understanding of the principles of investing reserve funds in equities and bonds, perhaps gained through being a trustee of a company pension scheme or a medium to large sized charity.

The role is unremunerated. Expenses are paid.

Time commitment

The role will require a commitment to attend four committee meetings a year near Leicester, UK, in addition to preparation time and occasional additional meetings where circumstances require it.


If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.


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

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