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:

Board Trustee, Citizens Advice Bureau

  • Employer: Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Contact: Kenny Napier, 07795 222 523
  • Location: Penicuik
  • Closing date for applications: 31st October 2016

About the employer

Citizens Advice Bureau are local, independent charities that provide free and confidential advice and information to the whole community. Penicuik CAB provides an invaluable to people in Penicuik and surrounding areas on a range of matters such as employment tribunals, immigration.

About the vacancy

As a registered charity Penicuik CAB has a board of trustees who are responsible for providing the appropriate governance and oversight. Penicuik is actively looking for new trustees with a genuine interest in supporting the local community and who can bring expertise in areas such as finance.

Time commitment

The board meet about 8 times a year and in addition to board meetings trustees will be expected to take an active role in projects aimed at safeguarding and transforming the future of the Bureau.

How to apply

Please email kennethnapier@hbosplc.com in the first instance.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


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?

Apply now


Trustee/Treasurer, Positive Realities

  • Employer: Positive Realities
  • Contact: Susan Veitch, 0131 629 4800
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 30th November 2016

About the employer

Positive Realities is an Edinburgh based Charity working with young people and adults between 12-25 years to promote a successful transition into adulthood using a positive psychology approach to improve well-being.

About the vacancy

We are seeking to recruit a Trustee/Treasurer to participate in the strategic management of the charity and assist in financial tasks such as preparing annual accounts.

Time commitment

The Board of Trustees meet approximately every 2 months. The monthly time commitment is between 2-6 hours.

How to apply

Please email susan@positiverealities.org or visit our website for an application form.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Financial management support, Flagship community enterprise

  • Employer: Flagship community enterprise
  • Contact: Jennifer Nicoll, 07393 006 975
  • Location
  • Closing date for applications: 31st October 2016

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How to apply

Please email kennethnapier@hbosplc.com in the first instance.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Treasurer/Board Member, Home Link Family Support

  • Employer: Home Link Family Support
  • Contact: Paula Swanston, 0131 661 0890
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 30 November 2016

About the employer

Home Link Family Support is a voluntary organisation providing home visiting support to families with young children who live in Edinburgh and Midlothian. The families we support have at least one child under 5, but may have older children as well. We screen and train volunteers who are then matched with a family to offer them practical and emotional support. We currently have about 75 fully trained volunteers who provide weekly support to families across our three main areas of volunteering work:

  • Family Support Service – in Midlothian and Edinburgh
  • Ante-natal Support Service – in Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Young Parents Support Service

In addition Home Link Family Support offers a Systemic Family Counselling Service in Midlothian which offers a unique therapeutic service for the whole family in their own home and is for families with children aged 0-18.

Funding comes from Midlothian and Edinburgh Councils, the Big Lottery and many Trusts and Donars. We are also fortunate to receive support from many charitable trusts and foundations.

About the vacancy

Home Link Family Support is a small but dynamic organisation with a long standing reputation, established in 1986. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee with a turnover in excess of £300,000. The Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the operational and strategic management of the organisation and the responsibility to ensure that the organisation meets its aims and objectives and complies with legislation

Home Link Family Support is looking to recruit a new Board Member to strengthen the Board and offer specific knowledge and experience in the Finance area. We are currently looking to recruit a Treasurer.

Specific tasks:

  • Attending Bi-monthly Board meetings  -  evenings
  • Attending quarterly meeting of one subgroup (Finance in this instance, other groups are HR and Policy and Compliance) – evenings
  • Contribute to work being done by the Board
  • Give 4-6 hours per month for home working on agreed projects, as required

All board members are asked to give a minimum commitment of 3 years.

  • What we offer:
  • Full induction training
  • On-going training opportunities
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Career development planning
  • Social events throughout the year

NB – this role is subject to reference checks

Time commitment

The monthly time commitment is up to 6 hours per month.

How to apply

Contact Paula Swanston at Paula.s@homelinkfamilysupport.org or 0131 661 0890 for more information and a recruitment pack for board members.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Board member/Trustee, Link Community Development International


About the employer

Working with some of the most marginalised communities in sub-Saharan Africa Link's aim is to deliver sustainable solutions to critical educational challenges. Established in 1992 Link has a strong record of delivering projects with major impact and demand for our work is growing.

About the vacancy

Link is seeking a qualified accountant to join our board as Chair of the Finance Committee and Trustee. This is a key role at a very exciting time in Link's history. Charitable experience is desirable but by no means essential.

Time commitment

Attending quarterly Board meetings. Chair quarterly Finance Committee meetings. Liaise with Board Chair and CEO/FD. The commitment is likely to be on average up to one day per month.

How to apply

Please submit a cv with covering letter to Link@lcd.org.uk.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Board Trustee/Treasurer, Edinburgh Printmakers

  • Employer: Edinburgh Printmakers
  • Contact: Sarah Price, 0131 516 3597
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 18 November 2016

About the employer

Edinburgh Printmakers (EP) is an ambitious and visionary specialist centre for contemporary printmaking practice delivering production facilities for 400 artists, a comprehensive training and development programme in the medium, a year round, world class exhibitions programming and print editioning and retail services. Priorities are excellence in the artform, audience engagement and inclusion and capacity building and economic resilience. We are midway through an £11 million capital development programme.

About the vacancy

We are seeking to recruit a Trustee/Treasurer in a Non Exec Role to join our existing board made up of professionals and artist members. This position will be of most interest to someone who enjoys the arts, has experience of managing strategically at an executive level and financial management background.  As EP embarks on the construction phase of an £11 million capital development programme property development or capital project management experience would be desirable. Experience of capital fundraising would also be advantageous at this time.

Time commitment

The Board meets five times per year as a Board, in addition members elect to join activity focussed working groups to extend governance role and enhance transparency by working directly with staff in monitoring, planning and development.  The treasurer sits on the Finance Working Group who meets four times per year. The annual commitment is minimum nine meetings held in May, September, November, February.

How to apply

Please email director@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk to make an initial enquiry.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Trustee, Impact Arts

  • Employer: Impact Arts
  • Contact: Marcella Boyle, 07970903920
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 12th December 2016

About the employer

Established in 1994, Impact Arts is a forward-thinking community arts organisation which uses the arts and creativity to enable and empower social change. We work collaboratively with people and communities across Scotland: empowering social change.

About the vacancy

Non remunerated. Reasonable expenses will be paid. We are seeking to attract applicants with financial management experience at a senior level (SORP experience would be highly desirable).

Time commitment

Board meetings every 2 months in Glasgow or Edinburgh. Approximately 0.5-1 day per calendar month

How to apply

Please download our Trustee Pack and Equal Opportunities form and send your CV with a supporting statement (one page maximum) detailing the qualities you can bring to our Board, and also how you heard about this position to marcella.boyle@impactarts.co.uk.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Board Member, Newbattle Abbey College

  • Employer: Newbattle Abbey College
  • Contact: Jackie Robertson, 0131 663 1921
  • Location: Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith Midlothian
  • Closing date for applications: 9th December 2016

About the employer

Scotland's national adult education residential college, located within a heritage site. We provide a high standard of education to our local community, and the wider communities across Scotland and the UK. We offer extensive support to adults returning to education and young learners in transition.

About the vacancy

We are seeking to appoint a Board member with an accountancy background who can contribute to the activities of the Audit Committee.

Time commitment

5 Board meetings, 3 Audit Committee meetings and 1-2 all-day events per year; attend some college/external events.

How to apply

submit a CV and covering letter to: JackieRobertson@newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk


Interested in the role?

Apply now


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?

Apply now


Chair and Trustees, National Scottish Charity


About the employer

Our client is looking to appoint a new independent Chair as well as a number of external Trustees as part of recommendations from an independent governance review. One of the key recommendations was the need to create a new Board that has the relevant skills, experience and capabilities to provide strategic leadership and effective governance of the organisation.

About the vacancy

Chair - We are seeking a skilled and experienced leader, with a strong knowledge of governance, who can provide strategic leadership to the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team. Part leader, part ambassador, you will foster effective working relationships between the Board and the Senior Management Team and help to develop the organisation’s profile and representation with a broad range of stakeholders across civic Scotland.

Trustees - We are seeking committed trustees with a range of personal and business attributes to help set the strategic direction of the organisation. Together with the rest of the trustees, you will have a key responsibility in governing and providing strategic leadership by ensuring that the organisation has a clear vision and mission; and that the strategy is executed by the management team to deliver improved outcomes for citizens. You will have a sense of leadership and a commitment to carry out the duties of a Trustee with an ability to exercise judgement and work collectively. You will be prepared to offer personal and business skills and experience to support the work of the staff as and when required.

Time commitment

Chair - commitment will be six board meetings annually with two to three days per month. Trustee - commitment will be six board meetings annually

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter via www.aspenpeople.co.uk/CAS


Interested in the role?


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?


Board Member, Eildon Housing Association

  • Employer: Eildon Housing Association
  • Contact: Nile Istephan, 01750 725900
  • Location: Selkirk, Scottish Borders
  • Closing date for applications: 1st April 2017

About the employer

Eildon Housing Association is a leading housing and care provider in the Scottish Borders with over 40 years’ experience of serving our local communities. We have an ambitious strategy and are looking to develop a record number of new homes over the next five years, as well as develop new and improved services. We are looking for people with the right skills and experience to join our Board to help us build on our success.

About the vacancy

Voluntary Board members are responsible for providing leadership to the Association through the development and oversight of our strategic vision. In particular, we are looking for new Board members who can demonstrate knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas – finance, business, housing management services, legal and organisational development. Although this is a voluntary position, Board members are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses. We are keen that the composition of our Board reflects the diversity of our local communities, and we would particularly welcome interest from female candidates.

Time commitment

The Board meets nine times a year and Board members will also be required to attend additional Committee meetings, and a strategic planning day. Most meetings take place in the early evening. Full induction and on-going training is provided.

How to apply

If this opportunity interests you and you think you could make a contribution to the on-going success of Eildon Housing Association please contact the Chairman or Chief Executive for an informal chat on 01750 725900 or contact us by email: enquiries@eildon.org.uk


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Board Secretary, Crossroads Community Hub


About the employer

Crossroads Community Hub Ltd (CCH) is a company limited by guarantee in Scotland: Companies House Number 405807and a Scottish Charity SC 045827. The organisation formed in 2011, following the closure and demolition of the local rural primary school and was set up to benefit the rural community surrounding Crossroads, East Ayrshire. 

CCH is run by a Board of volunteers who are working on attracting funding for a new anchor building which will provide a unique combination of a community – led farm shop, community cafe, and a multi-use social/educational centre. The project’s strapline “Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk” and its selling point “local, affordable and unique “will be a catalyst that will pull the community together and regenerate the local area by creating jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for local people through creating an outlet to showcase the quality food traditional recipes and culture of our rural area. 

We were recently awarded three years funding from Big Lottery to employ a food worker, set up a mobile farm shop and offer taster events in advance of the Hub being built This is our first venture into trading and we are looking for assistance to set up a trading company.

About the vacancy

We are looking for someone with a sound financial background to help to set up a trading company and account which will feed into our main charity.

The work can be done flexibly. If you have a little time to spare and would be prepared to devote your expertise to help a "young" charity get set up properly, we would love to hear from you.

How to apply

Contact Mary if you'd like to know more 01563 8321919 or Marlaw919@aol.com

To apply email a brief CV to info@crossroadshub.co.uk


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Finance Director (Board), Scottish Orienteering Association


About the employer

The Scottish Orienteering Association is the national governing body for the sport of orienteering in Scotland and a charitable body. Its office is at the National Orienteering Centre, Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore. 

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with about 1,800 individual members, a staff of seven, and a turnover of about £300,000 a year. In summer 2015 we hosted the 2015 World Orienteering Championships, described by the International Orienteering Federation as “superb”, by international competitors as offering the best courses they had ever run, and Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Scottish Event Awards, 2016. 

We are proud that Scottish athletes regularly comprise a large part of the GB international team.

About the vacancy

  • Keep in regular contact with the Chief Operating Officer at the National Centre over financial matters. 
  • Board Committee meetings (normally 4 per year); provide budget statements and forecasts.
  • Annual General Meeting: liaise with auditor and prepare report and accounts.
  • Liaise with SOA Squads (ScotJOS, SEDS, Vets) regarding financial matters. 
  • Quarterly tasks. o Collect quarterly revenue form six day Company.
  • Review accounts and financial information provided by COO/National Centre.
  • Review Stirling Surveys map printing contract.

Annual tasks

  • February/March: with COO, prepare accounts for previous year. 
  • April: manage professional staff pay increases, make recommendation to SOA Board and advise sportscotland of changes.
  • June: with COO, prepare annual reports for Companies House and the Charity Regulator.
  • July: update insurance schedule.
  • October/November: contribute to submission to sportscotland for investment by preparing financial information for the current year and proposals for the new year.
  • November: attribute budget lines to Directors and prepare next annual budget for approval by SOA Board. 
  • Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co. Ltd: attend the 6-Day Co. AGM as a shareholder; receive copies of the minutes of the AGM and Directors’ Meetings.

Time Commitment

Four board meetings / per year otherwise, regular email contact with staff & other board members

How to apply

If you'd like to apply for any of the roles, please contact Stef Lauer as Company Secretary with your CV: stef.lauer@scottish.orienteering.org


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Treasurer / Board Member, Fife Employment Access Trust


About the employer

FEAT are a leading mental health employability charity in Fife. We provide a range of programmes for people with severe and enduring conditions, including self-management projects through to intensive jobseeking support. We also offer a range of provision to those with mild-moderate conditions including cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. 

We have strong partnership working with a range of agencies including NHS Fife and receive funding from various sources including European Social Fund, Big Lottery, Fife Health & Social Care, Robertson Trust and others. Our innovative use of cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) – a computerised therapy to help with self management of enduring conditions has become our USP over recent years and we have been proclaimed as world leaders in this field by the experts. 

As a result, we have developed a training package and have begun training other staff and organisations across the UK, to help generate an unrestricted income. We also have a trading company that is currently focused on regenerating Silverburn Park Leven.

About the vacancy

We are seeking a Treasurer to replace our retiring office bearer. Our Board membership is strong in terms of health knowledge and representation, however we have a clear gap in financial expertise. The Treasurer will support the General Manager with monitoring of income, expenditure, cashflows etc, however an existing system to capture this information is in place, however we would like to have a longer-term budget in place - typically year to year at present. 

The Treasurer's role is to keep the rest of Board updated on finance. Factors to consider are we receive significant levels of our funding in arrears and potentially in future face payment by results and therefore managing cashflow is an ongoing challenge.

Time Commitment

Currently the Board meets monthly (typically 1st Thursday of each month) at 5.15-6.30 pm approx. in Glenrothes. The Treasurer is expected to spend around 1-2 hours per month in addition to this meeting, supporting the General Manager with budgets, cashflow projections etc, (can be via e-mail)

How to apply

We are happy to have an informal, non committal telephone call / email chain for further information. A CV will be sufficient and those interested in the role will be invited to a board meeting as a guest to discuss further. There is also the opportunity to become Treasurer of our trading company.


Interested in the role?

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Treasurer / Board Member, FEAT Trading CIC


About the employer

FEAT Trading is the subsidiary company of Fife Employment Access Trust (www.feat.org.uk). Originally created to be an income generator for the charity through commercial activities, the company has now become focused on regeneration of Silverburn Park in Leven. A 27-acre woodland estate on the coastal path with 2 listed buildings. 

Currently we are working towards opening a campsite and allotments this summer, with a longer term view of refurbishing the b-listed former flax mill, to become a hostel, café and meeting space. We are also already engaged in volunteer activity in the grounds and training/apprentice programmes. 

Current funding comes from a variety of mostly small grant funders and Fife Council, however significant sums are required for the future and a fundraising strategy is in place.

About the vacancy

Our Treasurer stood down at the recent AGM and therefore we are seeking someone with strong financial skills and ideally experience in the commercial and voluntary sector. We are a community interest company and aims for community and commercial activities.

The Treasurer's role is to keep the rest of Board updated on finance. Factors to consider are we receive significant levels of our funding in arrears and potentially in future face payment by results and therefore managing cashflow is an ongoing challenge.

Time Commitment

Currently Board meets 6-8 weekly. The Treasurer may have additional input in the early months of appointment as we seek to improve our financial recordkeeping processes and develop longer term budgets and cashflows for a complex project.

How to apply

Telephone call or e-mail chain acceptable for further discussion. CV is acceptable and interested parties will be invited to discuss further with existing board members. In addition to the Treasurer role, we are also seeking volunteer non-office bearer board members with similar experience.


Interested in the role?

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District Treasurer for Caithness, Scotland's Gardens

  • Employer: Scotland's Gardens
  • Contact: Terrill Dobson, 01312263714
  • Location: From home / Caithness
  • Closing date for applications: 17 March 2017

About the employer

Scotland's Gardens is a national charity. We help facilitate the opening of gardens, mostly private, to raise money for charity.

About the vacancy

We require a volunteer treasurer for our Caithness district. This would involve receiving the local open gardens' income, paying out to their charity choices and head office and keeping required records of this process.

Time Commitment

Busiest over the summer months, the time commitment varies but would be approximately 1-2 hours per week at most.

How to apply

Please email Terrill Dobson for more information.


Interested in the role?

Apply now


Treasurer, Carluke Development Trust


About the employer

Formed by local people in 1999, Carluke Development Trust [CDT] is a charity serving the residents within the Parish of Carluke. It is part of a nationwide movement of local communities who want to build on their strengths and create opportunities for a successful and sustainable place. 

In 2012, following a series of meetings and discussions with other bodies within the town and within the board of the Trust, we developed our Strategic Vision based on four key principles, which will guide our work over a five year period. 

The four key principles are: A thriving local economy; Quality public spaces; A greener place; A sustainable organisation.

In delivering our strategy we will seek to work in partnership with individuals, other community groups, local and national government and the private sector to maximise the benefits for the town.

About the vacancy

We are looking for someone to come on to our Board of Directors as the Treasurer. Duties would include: Producing regular statements for the board Co-ordinating/producing the annual accounts for companies house and OSCR Payroll/RTI requirements All day to day accounts for the trust are recorded by one of the paid members of staff.

Time Commitment

1 day per month.

How to apply

If you think this is something that would be interested in then we would love to hear from you. Please call or email Tom Sneddon. Many thanks.


Interested in the role?

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Board Trustee/Treasurer, Edinburgh Printmakers

  • Employer: Edinburgh Printmakers
  • ContactSarah Price, 0131 516 3597
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 1 April 2017

About the employer

Edinburgh Printmakers is an ambitious and visionary specialist centre for contemporary printmaking practice delivering production facilities for 400 artists, a comprehensive training and development programme in the medium, a year round, world class exhibitions programming and print editioning and retail services. 

Priorities are excellence in the artform, audience engagement and inclusion and capacity building and economic resilience. We are midway through an 11 million capital development programme.

About the vacancy

We are seeking to recruit a Trustee/Treasurer in a Non Exec Role to join our existing board made up of professionals and artist members. This position will be of most interest to someone who enjoys the arts, has experience of managing strategically at an executive level and financial management background.  

As EP embarks on the construction phase of an 11million capital development programme property development or capital project management experience would be desirable. Experience of capital fundraising would also be advantageous at this time.

Time Commitment

The Board meet five times per year as a Board, in addition members elect to join activity focussed working groups to extend governance role and enhance transparency by working directly with staff in monitoring, planning and development.  

The treasurer sits on the Finance Working Group who meet four times per year. The annual commitment is minimum nine meetings held in May, September, November, February.

How to apply

Please email director@edinburghprintmakers.co.uk to make an initial enquiry.


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Treasurer/Financial Trustee, PF Counselling Service


About the employer

The PF Counselling Service is a voluntary counselling agency which offers both short and long term therapy to adults regardless of their ability to pay. Based in South Edinburgh, it is a registered charity and was established in 1986.

About the vacancy

Due to the impending retirement of the current Board Treasurer, a new Trustee is sought to take on this role. Working with the Director, the Treasurer has specific responsibilities for overseeing the financial management of the charity, including setting the budget, monitoring monthly performance against this and interpreting the accounts for the rest of the Board, as well as contributing to the full range of Board activities such as good governance, HR and strategy development. 

The position is unpaid. All the Trustees (apart from the Director), all the Counsellors and the Receptionists are volunteers, which makes for a very friendly and supportive working environment.

Time Commitment

The basic time commitment is six bimonthly Board meetings of two hours duration, plus checking the monthly financial results and additional time for preparation of the budget and liaising with the charity’s Accountants to prepare the annual accounts. Special projects may require further involvement.

How to apply

For an informal chat about the role, please contact the current Treasurer, Allan Sturrock on 07711 809063.

For further information about the PF please see our website or contact Matthew Haggis on 07967 011029.


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Treasurer (voluntary), Ardgown Hospice


About the employer

Ardgowan University Teaching Hospice is a well-established Hospice based in Greenock offering specialist palliative and end of life care to the people of Inverclyde. We are in an exciting period of innovative change that will see the wide range of services we offer being delivered to those who need them, when they need them and where it best suits people to receive them.

About the vacancy

We are looking for a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to oversee the finances of the organisation, monitor and report to the board on the accounts. The Treasurer will advise other Trustees on financial management of the charity and will work closely with the Chief Executive and the Finance team to ensure best practice and compliance. 

Lead by the Chairman, the Trustees play an important and responsible role within the hospice having a range of responsibilities to external bodies such as Funding Agencies, Regulatory Bodies and Service Users. 

They also represent the hospice at a range of events locally, regionally and nationally. Governance operates through a committee system with each committee reporting to the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee which meets quarterly to review the financial performance of the Hospice.

Time Commitment

The Board currently meets quarterly, and attendance would also be expected at the AGM and at the quarterly Finance Committee meetings.

How to apply

For a Trustee role outline and information pack, please contact us by email: hr@ardhosp.co.uk, or contact Emma Sinclair, HR Assistant on Tel: 01475 726830. To apply, please send your C.V. with a covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience to Emma Sinclair at the above address.


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Acting Director, Neighbourhood Networks in Scotland Ltd


About the employer

Neighbourhood Networks is an innovative voluntary organisation that celebrated its 15th operational anniversary in 2016. The work of the organisation is based on the principles of KeyRing who first pioneered the model of Living Support Networks. Neighbourhood Networks has developed networks across a wide range of communities across the Central belt of Scotland. 

These areas include North Lanarkshire, Glasgow, West Dumbarton, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. The organisation is also looking to further develop work in Ayrshire. 

Aims and objectives of the organisation are to work with local communities to support and empower even more people who may be described as having a learning disability, mental health issue or other vulnerability that could benefit from this flexible model of support. 

Support is provided through the recruitment of a local worker (Community Living Worker) whose role it is to offer flexible support to members of the Network, develop peer support between members so people's dependence on paid support diminishes with time and to support the network to become full active, equal members of their local communities

About the vacancy

Neighbourhood Networks has experienced healthy growth over the last few years with work in new areas and with different client groups. Its an exciting period for the organisation and the role of a treasurer key to overseeing growth and expansion. 

Role and Responsibilities include: 

  • 1. Responsibility for ensuring that the overall financial obligations are met, with the day to day responsibility resting with the Finance Manager. 
  • 2. Position of Chair at the Finance Sub Committee, this takes place on the same day as the Board Meeting.
  • 3. Attendance at quarterly Board meetings. 
  • 4. To contribute to the financial and strategic planning for the organisation. 
  • 5. Provide professional assistance to the Finance Manager when required. 
  • 6. Signing of the statutory accounts. 
  • 7. Provide guidance on legal and financial obligations in accordance with up to date legislation. 
  • 8. To discuss the Auditor’s report and accounts and to report formally on this to the Board. 
  • 9. Identification of any extra financial risks that the organisation could be facing and to suggest suitable action. 
  • 10. Involvement in appointment of new Board members. 
  • 11. Provide assistance to the Finance Manager in managing the process of appointing Auditors to Neighbourhood Networks. 
  • 12. Attendance at the Annual Retreat and taking part in workshops to decide the business strategy for the coming year (overnight stay).

Time Commitment

Four quarterly Board Meetings and the Finance Subgroup (the same day). One of the Meeting is a two day retreat with an overnight stay.

How to apply

Please contact Heather Calvo or by phone:  Tel 0141 440 1005 / Mob No: 07717445216 

Alternatively visit Neighbourhood Networks


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Honorary Treasurer, Scottish Campaign for National Parks


About the employer

We are a small charity campaigning for more National Parks in Scotland.

Our natural environment, cultural heritage and landscapes need to be secured and managed for future generations and designation of National Parks is the best way to do this. 

They bring huge economic benefits too to local communities. 

We are bottom of the international list!

About the vacancy

Our current treasurer is moving south to England. The position is important but as we only have a 120 members at most and three business members and some £10,000 in the bank at most the role, whilst crucial, is not especially time consuming. 

We have one outstanding issue which is claiming gift aid worth some £1,000 to us.

Attendance at our six weekly executive meetings will not be required although a summary of our financial position will be for each meeting.

Time Commitment

The time commitment will be small as we do not have large funds at our disposal. A few hours every month at most including a six weekly statement re funds at our disposal. This could be increased if the applicant felt confident in submitting bids for funding from other charities or the Lottery.

How to apply

Please submit applications to the Chairman; Ross Anderson by email in the first instance. 

This will be followed by a meeting at a venue suitable/convenient to both parties.


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Trustee/ vice treasurer/ treasurer, Planning Democracy


About the employer

Planning Democracy is a Scottish charity that campaigns for a fair and more inclusive planning system in Scotland. Planning Democracy is undergoing an important period of organisational development. 

We are increasingly nationally recognised as an effective and well-respected organisation and have significant ambitions to build on some already considerable successes in our eight year history. Two key areas of work are our new Community Peer Support Network and our increasingly influential Equal Rights of Appeal campaign. 

In addition this year we are focussing on influencing the current Scottish Government planning reforms to ensure greater inclusiveness and equality in planning.

About the vacancy

We are looking for new board members to help us lead our organisation. Currently we have a board of seven people who meet every six weeks and oversee and carry out some of the work required to meet our aims. We have recently taken on two, part time consultants and wish to employ someone next year. 

We are looking for someone with financial skills to help our treasurer carry out the increasing workload. We also need help with setting budgets and reporting to OSCR (the charity regulator).

To view our past returns visit us online.

Time Commitment

To attend our committee meeting every six weeks in Edinburgh (or by Skype) plus roughly two days a month to do accounts and reports for the board and OSCR (charity regulator).

How to apply

You can contact us by email or call us on 0781 387 4805.  Alternatively you can fill out the online application form


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Board Convenor, Pasda

  • Employer: Pasda
  • Contact: Susan Chambers, 0131 5545883
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 30 May 2017

About the employer

Pasda is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We offer support to parents, partners, siblings and carers of adults (over 16) on the autism spectrum who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians. 

It is a carer led organisation and has been active for about 20 years. There are 11 support groups which includes, walking, singing, gardening and local groups in Edinburgh, Mid, East and West Lothian. 

We organise special events at Christmas and sometimes these are the only social gatherings for our carers. The main benefit carers receive is a feeling of being listened to and not judged. After meeting others in a similar situation they feel less isolated and able to help their adult son or daughter to lead a better life. 

Pasda also has funding to offer complementary health treatments which help to reduce anxiety. The well being of older carers is vital to maintain the family stability.

About the vacancy

1. Preparing budgets for the various restricted funds. Pasda has received funding from a variety of sources, each of which has been provided by the donor for specific purposes. The Treasurer prepares budgets for how these funds are to be used over the lifetime of the funding and then monitors performance against those budgets, preparing a monthly report for the Trustees committee in order that strategic decisions can be made. This process involves a monthly reconciliation of the funds held in bank accounts, and in cash against transactions recorded by the bookkeeper management accounts are also produced by Pasda's accountant. 

2. Oversight of preparation of the annual accounts The annual accounts are prepared by Pasda's accountant from records produced by the bookkeeper. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring this process correctly reflects the decisions taken by Trustees, particularly in the allocation of expenditure to various funds. 

3. Payment of expenditure through internet banking Where possible Pasda makes payment through bank transfers, rather than through the use of cheques or cash. As policy the Treasurer does not initiate any payments, but receives requests for payment from staff and/or the bookkeeper, and by effecting payment through internet banking, authorises them. Staff salary payments (including payments to HMRC) are effected by the same means - amounts payable having been calculated by the payroll service provided by SCVO 

4. Setting financial policy - the Treasurer sets and monitors the charity's policy regarding financial matters.

Time Commitment

Including the monthly Trustee meeting it would be 15 hours per month.

How to apply

Call us on 0131 554 5883 or email us for more information and to discuss how to apply.


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Treasurer / Trustees, Victim Support Scotland


About the employer

Victim Support Scotland is a leading independent voluntary organisation with our mission to improve the well-being of People in Scotland affected by crime. 

The organisation has been instrumental in raising the profile of victims and witnesses in the public, parliamentary and criminal justice arenas. 

We are a major voice in the criminal justice system, influencing government policy and helping to improve the experience of victims and witnesses of crime

About the vacancy

The roles are rewarding and you would play an important part in developing our strategy and vision, to help victims and witnesses take control and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of crime. 

A sound business and commercial acumen is important. In addition, an understanding of the principles which govern Scottish charities or the not-for-profit sector would be useful but is not essential. 

For the Treasurer role, ideally you will be a qualified accountant and / or have significant experience in charity accounting and an understanding of financial planning and forecasting.

Time Commitment

Up to two days per month.

How to apply

Download the application online.


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Board Member, Glasgow Kelvin College


About the employer

Glasgow Kelvin College’s ethos derives from its commitment to Excellence, Progression and Enterprise. It seeks to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality, which engage learners from the widest range of backgrounds, and support their progression to employment or to further study. 

It seeks to develop enterprise in individuals – as a core skill for learning, life and work; and to support enterprise in both organisations and communities – by developing the capacity of both employers and employees and of community representatives. 

The Board seeks to give equal opportunities to all who wish to contribute to the College’s success and who have a particular interest in developing Further and Higher Education and improving outcomes for learners. 

We welcome applications from people from ethnic minority Experience in finance/accounting is backgrounds, from people with disabilities and from women as these groups are currently under-represented on our Board of Management. requested.

About the vacancy

The members of our Board and Committees make an important contribution to Glasgow Kelvin College. They bring experience, knowledge and commitment, enabling them to contribute to the College’s strategic direction, governance and continued development. 

Positions on the Board are voluntary and unpaid, but bring huge rewards to members. Your input can make a real difference to the education and prospects of our learners, and to the wellbeing and success of the Glasgow communities where they live.

Time commitment

Around 15 days per year - attendance is required at full BOM meetings, 2 Sub Committees (generally meet four times per year) and National Induction (one day). In addition, members are required to attend Board events, briefings and development sessions.

How to apply

Please complete an application form providing details of why you are interested in becoming a Member of the Board of Management of the College and the expertise, experience and knowledge you can bring to this role.


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Trustee/Board member, ICAS Foundation


About the employer

Launched in 2012, the ICAS Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland, and supports academically talented young people from disadvantaged communities, who wish to go to university by helping them overcome particular financial barriers which would otherwise deter them from studying accountancy or a finance related degree. 

We have four key objectives: 

* Identify and support academically talented young people in need to discover their true potential

* To mobilise the ICAS membership as donors, mentors and facilitators 

* Secure sufficient funding to make it possible for us to award bursaries 

* Support students in securing a suitable internship during summer breaks to build skills and experience needed to enter the workplace. We are a small organisation with only 1.6 FTE staff running the organisation and supporting over 100 students and 100 volunteer mentors.

Our current focus of activity is awarding bursaries and grants to young people allowing them to study accountancy or finance at university. More information is available on our website: www.icasfoundation.org.uk

About the vacancy

The ICAS Foundation is seeking to appoint two volunteer Trustees to continue the success of the organisation. We are committed to recruiting a diverse range of Trustees to help us achieve the strategic objectives of the ICAS Foundation. 

We would be delighted to hear from people passionate about our cause with a broad range of skills and experience in the following areas to help us develop further:

* A clear understanding and commitment to diversity in all its forms 

* An understanding of the role of mentors 

* Experience and understanding of marketing, fundraising and communication strategies including through social media 

* Experience of working with member organisations or fundraising through networks such as alumni 

* Some knowledge and experience in investments to be able to interrogate investment policies 

* Sound knowledge of charity governance and previous experience would be desirable Key requirements 

* To be an active trustee, ensuring the Foundation always operates in the public interest and provides public benefit 

* To participate in the deliberations of the ICAS Foundation Trustees in all matters of policy and finance 

* To participate in additional meetings and activities of the Trustees as appropriate 

* An appreciation of the importance of social mobility and be passionate about the widening participation agenda

Time commitment

The Board meets four times a year during normal business hours in Edinburgh. Trustees are required to attend quarterly board meetings. In, addition it is likely that you would be involved in subgroups as required, such as Audit committee, bursary selection panel or fundraising strategy. Time commitment averages approximately 10 days per year.

How to apply

Please submit CV together with covering letter noting why are suitable for this role to - Linda Jamieson, Director, ICAS Foundation.


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Treasurer/ Board Member, Rail 74- Community Rail Partnership

  • Employer: Rail 74- Community Rail Partnership
  • Contact: Diane Whateley  or 07464651617 (Mon to Thurs)
  • Location: Rutherglen /South Lanarkshire
  • Closing date for applications: 14 April 2017

About the employer

We are Rail 74, a Community Rail Partnership and have been recently constituted as a legal entity by the Minister of Transport for Scotland: 

Community Rail Partnerships and Transport Scotland

Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) form a bridge between the railway and local communities, bringing together a wide range of interests along a rail corridor. We are a committee of local stakeholders comprising the local authority,business, NHS, schools, youth groups and social enterprises. 

The committee/Board virtually owns the the railway line from Rutherglen to Hamilton Central with the object of overseeing community-led projects to improve sustainability, environmental, employment and social cohesion outcomes. 

The funds (in the region of £70000 in total) are provided by Scotrail (Abellio) over a five year period. 

We have a number of projects which are to be funded, including a creative arts project at Hamilton West station, the setting up of Rail 74 as a SCIO and the development of a logo and website, all of which are currently underway.

About the vacancy

This is an opportunity get directly involved at community level and help make a difference in the deprived urban areas of South Lanarkshire. 

We require a volunteer treasurer to: attend monthly meetings at Tesco, Dalmarnock- usually; be involved in joint governance of the groups' bank account; recording and dealing with invoiced expenses; draw up simple accounts on a receipts/expenditure basis as required for a SCIO.

Time commitment

Monthly meeting: 1.5 hours (approx) plus travelling time dealing with invoices etc. One hour per calendar month drawing up accounts. Four hours pa- estimated.


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Chair & Trustees, New Lanark Trust


About the employer

New Lanark is a World Heritage Site - an authentic and enduring historic community which preserves and celebrates social and economic values that remain of global contemporary relevance. 

New Lanark Trust, an independent charity, is responsible for the restoration and regeneration of the village and for pursuing a sustainable management strategy to safeguard its future.

About the vacancy

The Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team have agreed that the following objectives are critical to that future: 

1. Safeguarding the World Heritage Site 

2. Developing capacity and governance 

3. Successful marketing 

4. Strong commerciality 

5. Engaging the community 

6. Education and access 

7. Long-term sustainability 

We wish to appoint a Chair and two additional new Trustees who are inspired by New Lanark’s unique heritage, and who have empathy with the enlightened values of our enterprising and pioneering founders, David Dale and Robert Owen. 

In addition candidates should be able to demonstrate broad experience of corporate governance, sound business understanding and the ability to think strategically.

Time commitment

As well as serving as charity Trustees, the role involves serving on the Board of Directors of one or more of the Trust’s wholly-owned subsidiary companies. 

Trustees should be able to commit to attend up to six Board meetings per year, sitting either as Trustees or Directors.

How to apply

For more information, visit Aspen People or call Catriona Mackie at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555 for a confidential discussion. 

New Lanark Trust (Registered Charity SC008552). 


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Lay Members, The Law Society of Scotland


About the employer

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional governing body for Scottish Solicitors and aspires to be truly reflective of the modern shape of the profession.

About the vacancy

We are looking for committed individuals to be Lay Members on the Council – the Society’s governing body. These positions will play a crucial role in ensuring a strong, independent and regulated profession. 

Lay Members are non-solicitors from all walks of life who provide critical experience and insight from the perspective of the general public. They will play a significant role in our Council and their views, experience and knowledge will play a key part in our discussions. 

Lay members have been full members of the Society’s Council for the last six years. This is an opportunity for people from every part of the community to use their knowledge and life experience to make a positive difference for us all. If you have a genuine interest in the Society and would like to make a contribution to the effective practice of law in our country, we would love to hear from you.

Time Commitment

Nine times per year.

Treasurer, Grow 73

  • Employer: Grow 73 
  • Contact: Lynn Semple, 07812132971
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 28 April 2017

About the employer

We are a constituted community group looking to incorporate as a SCIO this year. Our aim is to create a more connected and resilient community in Rutherglen and to improve the local environment via shared growing activities, events and regeneration projects. We are developing a community garden and are involved in a host of other activities including school gardening clubs, social prescription, regeneration of our train station, community events etc.

About the vacancy

We are looking for someone to help us complete cash and receipt accounts for our community group for the financial year 16/17 and to help us prepare for becoming a SCIO i.e. complying with charity accounting requirements

Time Commitment

We envisage that the time commitment will be anywhere from two to six hours per month.

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