About the organisation
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails and letters. Alternatively people can drop into a branch to have a face to face meeting.
About the role
The purpose of the Honorary Treasurer role is to help ensure the financial sustainability of the Charity and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation, in line with good practice, and in accordance with the Charity’s governing documents and legal requirements. The Honorary Treasurer will work closely with the Director of Finance, Planning and Performance to ensure that Trustee Board have sound information to inform decisions and that the Charity’s finances are managed in an effective and efficient manner.
In particular, applicants must have financial qualifications, extensive strategic experience in financial matters, and experience of charity finance, fundraising and investments.
The main duties of a Trustee of Central Charity include:
- Promoting and developing the Charity for it to increase its efficiency, effectiveness and relevance to society.
- Making sure that the Charity and its representatives function properly within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing documents and accepted best practice.
- Carrying out the duties of Trustees in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the Charity.
- Making sure that that policy development takes account of the views of the Council of Samaritans.
As Honorary Treasurer for Samaritans you will use your specialist skills to influence a major charity. People rely on Samaritans every day of the year at significant times in their lives. Decisions made by the Board of Trustees have a direct impact on who our services reach, as well as how and how well it is delivered.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:
- Financial qualification and extensive experience in financial matters at a strategic level
- Experience of charity finance, fundraising and investments and willingness to this knowledge up to date
- Skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
- Willingness to acquire knowledge on the work of Samaritans.
- Be able to present clearly and concisely to a wide audience (e.g. at Council of Samaritans)
The role involves travel within the UK and Republic of Ireland. Attendance is required at 4 Board of Trustee meetings each year and 2 away days.
How to apply
All discussion regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Reach in the first instance. To apply we will require both your CV and covering letter.