Treasurer Trustee

Role Location: London/Gatwick (for board meetings)

Reports to: Board Chair

This role is not remunerated but modest expenses will be paid.

We are seeking a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees. This is an opportunity to help shape the fortunes of a charity whose work is transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across Africa. We have ambitious plans to reach many more, both in those countries where we currently operate and in new locations.

We are looking for a Treasurer who is interested and committed to the aims of Vision Aid Overseas and would like to join a dynamic, welcoming Board. You will have governance responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the charity and ensuring it is solvent, well-run with thorough safeguarding procedures in place and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

In line with our equal opportunities policy we welcome the widest possible range of expressions of interest in order to increase the diversity of our Board.

It is not essential to be qualified as an accountant for this role, but we do need someone with interest and experience in charity finance.

Please note this role is not remunerated but modest expenses will be paid.

Overall Purpose:


The Treasurer’s role is to monitor the financial affairs of the charity and advise the Board at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation, in line with good practice and in accordance with legal and accounting requirements.

Main responsibilities:

  1. To monitor and advise on the financial viability of the charity, including the financial risks. This should include regular monitoring of cost recovery.


  1. To advise the Board on the financial implications of its plans and policies.


  1. To monitor the preparation of budgets, accounts and financial statements and their presentation to the Board.


  1. To ensure that proper accounts and records are kept, ensuring financial resources are spent and invested in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements.


Detailed tasks:

  1.  To liaise with the Executive Director, and as appropriate with the investment advisors and auditors, on matters relating to the financial activities of the organisation.


  1. To liaise with the external auditors and report to the Board on the audit and, when necessary, to manage the recommendation of the appointment of new auditors to Members of the company.


  1. To be instrumental in the development and implementation of financial, reserves and investment policies.


  1. To monitor financial controls and systems.


  1. To review all management accounts before they are placed before the Board.


  1. To chair the Finance, Administration and Remuneration Sub-Committee.


  1. The Treasurer is a Trustee and therefore the normal Job Description and Code of Conduct for a Trustee applies to them also. This Job Description is only concerned only with those matters which are related to the role of Treasurer.


  1. Major financial matters including budgets and capital investments are agreed by the Board. The fact that there is a Treasurer does not remove the collective responsibility of the Board for the financial affairs of the charity.  But the Treasurer will normally be a person with a strong background in finance, so their advice to the Board will have particular weight.


  1. The Treasurer should avoid becoming involved with the details of financial management and control; that is the job of the Executive Director. The Treasurer should take a strategic role working at all times in close co-operation with the Executive Director.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Vision Aid Overseas’ Trustee and Board Secretary Lucy Devine on  [email protected]  or the Board Chair Nora Colton on [email protected]

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this trustee role, please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter detailing your interest and the particular skills and knowledge you bring to [email protected]

Closing date: September 30th 2019.  Interviews will be held in London on October 16th 2019.