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

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?

Apply now


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?

Apply now


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


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