Treasurer

Scotland

North West Highlands Geopark

The North West Highlands Geopark Limited is a community company limited by guarantee and a Scottish registered charity. The Treasurer will have two levels of responsibility: as a member of the Board, and additionally, as Treasurer.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

The North West Highlands Geopark is a community company limited by guarantee and a charity in Scotland. The board comprises 7 community directors, one from each of the community councils within the Geopark who work alongside the other office bearers, directors and staff. You can contact us here.

The North West Highlands Global Geopark hosts a wide range of rock formations covering two thirds of the Earth’s history. Each rock type inspires its own distinctive landscape of world class quality and significance. Stunning mountain landscapes, sandy beaches, ancient settlements, and remote communities. These are some of the key characteristics of our vast landscape, which has defined the people who live here and creates a strong sense of place. These set us apart and influence how we live.

Our mission is to be a thriving and sustainable rural economy capitalising on the assets and people of the Geopark in partnership with local government, relevant agencies and local businesses.

The strategic objectives we have set for ourselves between 2018 and 2023 are to:

Promote the Geopark, in particular to partners, the local community, visitors and those seeking knowledge of the area’s geology.

Encourage awareness of, and educate about, the geodiversity, historical, cultural and economic importance of the area, and encourage further geological and related research.

Sustainable Development. Work closely with businesses, educational groups, voluntary and statutory agencies to generate further employment and environmentally responsible and sustainable economic activity within the Geopark.

Manage our organisation and UNESCO status efficiently: Develop such systems, management structures and methodologies as are required to implement these strategic objectives.

The North West Highlands Geopark Limited is a community company limited by guarantee and a Scottish registered charity . There is a subsidiary trading company, NWHG Trading Ltd, also attached to the charity. The Treasurer will sit on the Board of both Companies. The Treasurer will have two levels of responsibility: as a member of the Board, and additionally, as Treasurer.

 The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, North West Highlands Geopark Ltd, and the subsidiary trading Company, NWHG Trading Ltd, developing the organisation's aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Main Responsibilities of Trustees:

  • To ensure that the charity and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisations’ governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance

  • To uphold the fiduciary duty invested in the position, undertaking such duties in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the charity

  • To determine the overall direction and development of the charity through good governance and a clear strategy.

Main responsibilities of Treasurer:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and in keeping with generally accepted accounting practice.

  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.

  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.

  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

Specifically

  • Liaise with relevant staff, trustees, working groups and/or volunteers to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.

  • Make fellow trustees aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.

  • Regularly report the financial position at Board meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, and fundraising performance).

  • Oversee the production of an annual budget.

  • Oversee the Administrator ensuring posting and bookkeeping is kept up-to-date.

  • Oversee regular reconciliations by the administrator.

  • Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.

  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.

Qualities

  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations, particularly regarding restricted and unrestricted funds, and Gift Aid.

  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary).

  • Good financial analysis skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly.

Applications welcomed from suitably qualified professionals. It is anticipated that the role requires a commitment for approximately 10 hours per month. This is a voluntary position.

Please contact [email protected] for an application form or any further questions.

Closing date for applications

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