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Reach Volunteering
London (South), London (Greater)
Voluntary role
Closing date
29 Oct 2020

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Spires is an award-winning charity that has been working with homeless and disadvantaged people in Streatham, South London, since 1990.  Working with some of the most isolated and vulnerable in our society, we support over 900 men and women every year.

We are seeking a new Treasurer to join our friendly and committed Board of Trustees.

Role summary

In addition to Trustees’ responsibilities, the new Treasurer will monitor the financial standing of the centre. They will look at cash-flow forecasting, income streams, out-going expenses and the overarching strategic management of the organisation’s financial resources. The Treasurer will also oversee and report on the financial health of the charity to the Board of trustees at regular intervals and provide oversight on funding bids.

Person description

We are looking for an individual with the following background/experience:

  • Qualified accountant and/or knowledge and experience in finance.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship and adhering to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to the Board and other stakeholders. • Analytical and evaluation skills.
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of charity fundraising and finance practices.
  • An understanding of Spires’ work and the challenges faced by our services users (Desirable)

We are fully committed to increasing the diversity of our Board. Having a more diverse Board will help us to understand better the needs of the communities we serve. To this end we would especially welcome applications from people from a variety of ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented on our Board.

We are also open to hear from individuals interested in joining our Board who have a variety of other skills and experience including: social work, education, legal and probation services.

Time commitment

The Board meets six times a year in the evenings. In addition to Board meetings, the treasurer will need to commit to approximately 1 ½ hours a month.

How to apply and other details

Applications should be made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please provide a CV together with a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the role. This should include why you are interested in the role, how your skills and experience match the role description and any other relevant details.

Applicants will be longlisted and invited for an informal first interview with the Chief Executive. This will also be their opportunity to meet staff and see the services in action.

Candidates will then be shortlisted and invited for a formal interview with a panel of trustees including the Chair. They will be asked to make a short presentation based on their observations of the services.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

For volunteers and charities

Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
  • explore roles and profiles
  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Find Us
020 3943 9901
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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