Volunteering opportunities for CAs

Volunteering Opportunities for CAs

ICAS supports charity work

ICAS is fully supportive of members taking on voluntary roles. Members who do so should ensure that they keep up to date with charity sector developments relevant to their role in order to comply with ICAS CPD requirements. For members acting as volunteer independent examiners, ICAS has issued additional guidance within the publication ICAS Guidance for CAs acting for Scottish charities.

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 submit more information here. We encourage non-members from the accounting & finance community to take up these opportunities as well. 

Available opportunities

Non Executive Director, Scottish Parent Teacher Council


About the employer

SPTC is a charity and membership organisation committed to ensuring the best educational outcomes for Scotland’s young people. We believe all young people should benefit from the support of an engaged parent or significant adult as they move through school and beyond.

About the vacancy

The board of SPTC would like to appoint Director Trustees with specific business skills, who can buy into our mission and bring their skills to bear on a growing and changing membership organisation. Specific skills we are looking for are HR, Finance and Legal (corporate). Finance is our priority.

Time commitment

Commitment will be to six board meetings each year (Saturday, Edinburgh) plus occasional on-line communication and some face-to-face support to the staff on programme management. This is likely to be equivalent to around two days/16 hours per month.

How to apply

Please contact Eileen Prior eileen@sptc.info or call her on 0131 474 6199 for an initial chat before making a formal application.


Interested in the role?

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Chair of Finance Committee/Trustee

  • Employer: Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Contact: Nick Owens, 01631 559000
  • Location: Oban
  • Closing date for applications: 31 January 2017.

About the employer

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is an internationally recognised marine research institute and an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands based at Dunstaffnage, near Oban. SAMS is a registered charity with a turnover of approximately £11m and a staff of around 150. SAMS also has two wholly owned commercial subsidiary companies, the most important of which is SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL), with a turnover in the current FY around £2.0m.

About the vacancy

The primary role is Chair of the SAMS Finance Committee. This position also involves being a member of the SAMS Board, including being a Trustee of SAMS Charity, and Board member of SRSL. This is a key position. The Finance Committee formally receives, scrutinises and challenges the financial reports from the SAMS executive quarterly and engages informally with the SAMS executive more frequently as required.

Time commitment

The total time commitment of this position is approximately 20 days a year (plus preparation time), with meetings typically held at the SAMS laboratory.

How to apply

Please contact Director - Nick Owens nick.owens@sams.co.uk to apply.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Board Member

  • Employer: Bield Housing & Care
  • Contact: Clare Beesley, ceadmin@bield.co.uk, 0131 273 4000
  • Location: Generally meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 27/01/17

About the employer

Bield has, for over 45 years, provided housing, care and other services to older people across Scotland. Our vision is one of a Scotland where people of all ages are respected, can make their own choices and can live independent, fulfilling lives. We currently provide housing to over 5,500 tenants and a factoring service to over 850 owners. We also provide a response service to over 15,000 customers.

About the vacancy

Bield are looking to recruit 3 new Board members to fill existing vacancies. The Board is responsible for: - providing leadership to Bield and determining its strategy - controlling Bield's affairs and ensuring compliance - promoting and representing Bield Each individual member is expected to contribute constructively to the work of the Board. The effective collective performance of the Board depends on members recognising and fulfilling their individual responsibilities. Further information is available per the Role Description which is available on Bield's website or on request by calling 0131 273 4000.

Time commitment

The Board meet 7 times a year with meetings being preceded by a pre-Board session. Most meetings are for a full day. The Performance & Audit Committee meet 4 times a year and the Remuneration Committee twice a year. These meetings are generally a half day each. More info at www.bield.co.uk

How to apply

Visit Bield or call: Clare Beesley on 0131 273 4000 or Email: ceadmin@bield.co.uk


Interested in the role?

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Committee Member, Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board

  • Employer: Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board
  • Contact: Sarah Bryson, 0131 469 3887 or sarah.bryson@edinburgh.gov.uk
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 25 January 2017

About the employer

The Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) was formally established in July 2015, and has responsibility for planning the future direction and overseeing the integration of health and social care services for the citizens of Edinburgh. 

Responsible for a budget of c£600 million, delegated from NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council, the IJB funds community health and social care services, including GP practices and some elements of acute hospital services. 

The IJB faces a number of challenges to successfully delivering its vision for a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh including; the growing population; more people living with long term and complex conditions; and a challenging financial climate for the foreseeable future. 

In order to be reassured that its functions are being carried out in line with legal and regulatory requirements, the IJB has established an Audit and Risk Committee to facilitate. This committee is key to a strong governance culture and has been established to:

  • Help ensure that a robust framework is in place to provide assurance on governance, risk management and internal control
  • Provide effective scrutiny of the IJB’s functions
  • Consider any changes necessary to improve on these arrangements

About the vacancy

The  and internal control processes in place as well as being able to help propose innovative solutions. With a background in finance and accounting you will be able to assist committee to deliver their remit to:

  • Monitor and scrutinise the effectiveness of the internal control environment
  • Scrutinise and review the risk management strategy and risk register
  • Agree the Internal Audit Charter
  • Approve the annual Internal Audit plan and scrutinise the Internal Audit reporting to the Committee
  • Scrutinise the annual financial statements
  • Scrutinise the external audit plan and reporting from the IJB’s external auditors
  • Review the IJB’s arrangements to prevent bribery and corruption within its activities
  • Advise the IJB on any matters contained in the Audit & Risk Committee’s remit

Benefits -


The position will give the successful candidate an opportunity to: 

  • Gain experience of good practice governance standards in the public sector
  • Gain insight into the workings of the Integration Joint Board
  • Develop skills and experience on an active committee
  • Make a positive difference into the changes necessary to improve service delivery arrangements and help ensure that £600 million of public money budget is best spent to ensure that those who use services get the right care and support

Time commitment

Meetings take place in central Edinburgh, four times a year. They are normally held in the morning and last approximately three hours. The role of co-opted member would be for one year initially. Some preparatory work and background reading will be required beforehand.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit a CV and a covering letter outlining what makes you a suitable candidate and why you wish to take on this role to: Sarah Bryson at sarah.bryson@edinburgh.gov.uk

Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview.


Interested in the role?


Board Member, Red Note Ensemble

  • Employer: Red Note Ensemble
  • Contact: Celia Duffy, 07904124170 or ceelsduffy@gmail.com
  • Location: Central Belt
  • Closing date for applications: 28 February 2017

About the employer

The Red Note Ensemble is Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing throughout Scotland and internationally. Building on its continued success and expansion, we are looking for two new Board members. 

We invite applications from suitably experienced individuals and would particularly welcome those with expertise in social inclusion and (due to one of our long-standing original Board members now standing down) in finance. 

Forward-thinking and dynamic, the company plays a leadership role nationally and internationally in the development of new music and the engagement of new audiences through its busy annual schedule of events, many of them cross-artform. 

Our current Board members have expertise and experience at a senior level in marketing, education, law and arts management and are enthusiastic supporters of Red Note’s ethos of artistic excellence available to all.

About the vacancy

Being on the Red Note Board is a fulfilling and engaging experience, and Board Members are highly valued for the vital role they fulfil in providing professional guidance and governance for this young, ambitious and rapidly-developing music company. The Red Note Board, like the company, is friendly and informal, but strives to maintain the highest possible standards in its business.

Time Commitment

Board meetings are held quarterly, in Glasgow or Edinburgh. In addition, Board members give occasional informal advice by phone or 1:1 meetings with the executive team.

How to apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Celia Duffy, the Board chair, for an informal chat prior to application via CV and covering letter.


Interested in the role?


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