Trustee Treasurer

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

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We are a charity which responds to the needs of people in immigration detention at Gatwick, and after release, through befriending, advocacy and practical support.

The Board of Trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the legal and efficient running of GDWG, meeting four times a year with occasional extra meetings. 

The Treasurer will be a qualified accountant, ideally but not necessarily with senior experience.

The main responsibilities are to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of GDWG and take the lead among trustees on governance and compliance matters
  • Ensure the Charity remains financially viable
  • Ensure GDWG maintains a high standard of financial control and management
  • Prepare and present management accounts and other financial reports
  • Work closely with the Director and other staff, trustees and volunteers (including our volunteer bookkeeper) on various topics, including the preparation of project budgets for funding applications
  • Make a full contribution to the Charity as a member of the Board of Trustees

We offer a thorough induction and support. The post is voluntary but appropriate expenses are available.


The treasurer must have:

  • A recognised accountancy qualification
  • Strong technical financial and analytical skills
  • The time commitment required to ensure due diligence in all things financial
  • The ability to have an overview of an organisation not only from the financial perspective
  • Some understanding of the responsibilities and legal duties of a trustee
  • Commitment to and empathy for the mission and ethos of GDWG
  • The ability to work as a member of a team by contributing to the effective working of the Board
  • Strategic vision
  • Good independent judgement for the benefit of GDWG
  • The ability to speak openly but also accept the majority decisions of the Board
  • Integrity in all things.

Desirable but not essential:

  • Some experience of other charities
  • Some understanding of the sector in which GDWG operates
  • Some experience of trusteeship
  • Some understanding of the Detention Estate and/or willingness to learn.


This is an opportunity to learn a lot about a relatively hidden aspect (detention) of a major global issue (migration). The role involves working with a very friendly and effective group of committed staff and volunteers. Within the small organisation, the role is diverse and the treasurer will make a very important contribution.

Practical Considerations

Time commitment:

The number and frequency of meetings varies depends on the circumstances, but there are normally 4 meetings of the Board of Trustees each year, lasting 2-3 hours each. They are held at GDWG’s offices in Crawley on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings, or by electronic means (eg Zoom).

Additional time will be required for reading papers and meetings as required with the Director, bookkeeper, other Trustees and staff.

The new treasurer will receive a full induction and should expect to allocate half a day for this in Crawley.

We estimate that the average minimum time commitment required will be 2 days a month.

This is a voluntary role and Trustees receive no remuneration. Reasonable expenses can be claimed, in line with GDWG’s expenses policy, for attendance at board and other meetings and events necessary for the fulfilment of the Treasurer’s duties.

When do I need to be available?

Details Our 2021 trustee meetings are: 3rd June, 9th September, 9th December.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court
Brighton Road
West Sussex
RH10 6AD

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  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • 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