Trustee Treasurer

West Sussex Mediation Service

Register your Interest

Do you have financial skills and experience? Do you have 6-8 hours a month to offer? Would you like to help your community recover from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown? Then this role could be for you. 

WSMS is a Registered Charity providing impartial and confidential mediation services to communities across West Sussex. We specialise in dealing with disputes between neighbours and within families. Our services are free to any residents within West Sussex. 

In 2019 we were recently granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services - recognising exceptional service to the community. We're very proud of it - it's the MBE for volunteer groups!

Our charity is guided by a Management Committee consisting of a number of trustees. It is assisted by a number of non voting Observers and Advisors from statutory authorities, funders and other interested parties. We do some great work in the community on a modest budget. We have a small team of 3 paid staff and 50 fantastic volunteers.

We are now looking for a new Trustee Treasurer to join the Management Committee. The key purpose of this post is to maintain an overview of the organisation's affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. You will fill a vacancy for a much needed position, during some uncertain times. We have some reserves but much works is to be done to ensure our charity survives into the future. 

 MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee, approve and present budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • Be assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs.
  • Ensure that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy.
  • Prepare and present financial reports to the Management Committee.
  • Ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • Liaise with staff and volunteers about financial matters.
  • Advise on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans.
  • Ensure the organisation's compliance with legislation.
  • Ensure that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by the Charity Commission.
  • Ensure that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required and any recommendations are implemented.
  • Keep the Management Committee informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.
  • Contribute to the fundraising strategy of the organisation.
  • Make a formal presentation of the accounts at the AGM and draw attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way.

Please get in touch for an informal discussion if you'd like to know more about the charity and the Treasurer's role. We will be delighted to speak with you. 

We are recruiting for this role despite the COVID-19 emergency because it's important for our future. We would really like to hear from you if you're interested, even if it may not be practical for us to meet in person for some time. We could talk by phone or video link initially so you can find out more about the role and if it might be right for you. 



Skills

Essential:

Knowledge - An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

Desirable:

  • An understanding of charity finance
  • Financial qualification

Experience 

  • Experience of charity finance
  • Experience of charity fundraising

Skills 

  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Analytical skills to examine proposals and examine their financial implications    

Abilities

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Creative Thinker
  • A willingness to speak your mind
  • To work effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • Be constructive about other Trustees' opinions in discussions, and in response to staff members' contributions at meetings
  • Understand the importance and purpose of meetings, and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly.    

 Essential personal qualities 

  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the Management Committee.
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

Benefits

Volunteering is proven to be good for health and wellbeing. It gives an opportunity to meet new people and enhance/hone skills and to 'give something back'. Being a trustee can be very rewarding.  And it can be an excellent professional development opportunity if that is relevant to you. 

When do I need to be available?

Details Trustees meet 4 times a year and the AGM is held in September. We estimate the commitment to be about 6-8 hours a month on average. Much of the work can be done flexibly to fit round your other commitments.
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Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training