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Treasurer for charity addressing global food & nutrition challenges

International Food Information Service t/a IFIS Publishing
RG41 5RB, Wokingham
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
14 Oct 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Job Details is an educational charity that helps researchers work effectively with trustworthy, high quality science. We publish a database curated by inhouse experts and provide various training services. 

Help us support food & nutrition researchers addressing global food security and sustainability challenges.

What will you be doing?

We wish to recruit a treasurer with a background in senior finance roles covering financial management, investment and defined benefit pension schemes. The role involves [1] contributing to the strategic direction of our organisation and [2] ensuring that management are delivering relevant and effective support to scientists, technologists and engineers around the world.

This is a voluntary role that involves attending quarterly meetings and providing occasional advice and support. Attendance can be virtual, but we prefer the Treasurer to attend at least one meeting in person each year. Travel and accommodation expenses will be provided. Our offices are 25 minutes from London, Heathrow.

What are we looking for?

  • Objectivity, fairness, integrity, respect, wisdom, discretion and good judgement
  • A commitment to act solely in the best interests of IFIS without regard to personal interest or benefit
  • Readiness to take and be accountable for decisions made
  • The necessary time to be an effective trustee
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
  • A good team player
  • No significant potential conflicts of interest

What's in it for the volunteer?

You can make a huge difference not only to our organisation, but to food scientists and researchers globally. 

Time commitment

Board meetings are held quarterly, and advice will be sought occasionally through the year. Time commitment is estimated to be 5-6 days per year.

A few more details

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term. This can be renewed by mutual agreement. No previous experience of serving on a Board is required as we will provide training.

How to apply

Applications are through the Reach platform.


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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