1. St Luke's Advice Service

Treasurer (Trustee) for St Luke’s Advice Service (SLAS)

Remote/Brighton and Hove

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Do you have experience or an interest in financial strategy and management for small charities? If so, St Luke’s Advice Service (SLAS) needs you.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

St Luke’s Advice Service (SLAS) is a small charity based in central Brighton. We help some of the most vulnerable people in Brighton and Hove by providing practical support and advice to help them overcome financial hardship and access benefits they desperately need.


The role

About us:

For over 21
years, we’ve been dedicated to providing practical support and advice to some
of the most vulnerable individuals in Brighton and Hove. Our small team of paid
staff and volunteers offers compassionate assistance to help individuals
overcome financial hardship through budget management and debt advice, and to access
essential welfare benefits. Last year alone, we assisted over 800 people,
making a real difference in their lives. We are highly regarded in the City and
work in partnership with other organisations with a shared agenda.

Why join us?

As a
values-based organisation, our trustees play a critical role in shaping the
future of our charity. We’re looking for a trustee who can bring energy,
enthusiasm, and financial acumen to our Board. You don’t need previous trustee
experience – if you have the motivation, transferable skills, and time to
commit, we’ll provide effective induction and training to support you in this
meaningful role.

Whether
you’re looking to gain leadership experience, apply your skills to a new
sector, or give back to the community, we welcome individuals from diverse
backgrounds, with financial skills, who share our commitment to making a
positive impact.

What we’re looking for:

We’re looking
for a trustee who, along with their trustee duties, will actively oversee the
finances for the Service, from operational, strategic and governance
perspectives. As our charity treasurer you will enable the trustees to maintain
effective governance of the organisation’s affairs, ensuring its financial
viability and ensuring that proper processes and procedures exist for assuring
all financial records, decisions and delegations are maintained. You’ll advise
the Board on their financial responsibilities, produce financial strategies and
plans, and liaise with professional
advisors, such as auditors.

As we are a small charity the role will include
some hands-on responsibilities. This can be quite flexible as the appointee is
likely to oversee the transition to of operational bookkeeping and banking to
the operational staff enabling the Treasurer to ensure the integrity of
financial management. As a consequence you will support our Service Delivery
Manager on the financial duties such as payroll, supplier payment and find raising
administration. Critical to the Board is financial reporting so that
non-financial co trustees can discharge financial responsibilities and monitor
the monetary aspects of annual and three year strategic plans.

We are
looking for people willing to bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the
role, and who will broaden the diversity of thinking on our board.

Key responsibilities as SLAS Treasurer:

  • Provide leadership,
    as part of the trustee team, on SLAS’s purpose, vision, and core activities, with
    particular regard to ensuring that the charity has the resources to deliver the
    strategy.
  • Ensure that
    the Board is aware of its financial duties and responsibilities and the need to
    comply with all legislation.
  • Produce the
    finance strategy and plans for the Board’s approval and oversee financial plans
    and budgets.
  • Ensure
    that the Board receives appropriate budgetary and financial information on the
    activities of the charity including Annual Accounts
  • Ensure that
    all accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and
    the relevant statutory bodies
  • Recommend to
    the Board appropriate accounting procedures, controls and
    policies consistent with the scheme of delegation, reviewing
    the latter on a regular basis.
  • Oversee the
    appointment of auditors and review on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that
    all equipment and assets are adequately maintained and accounted for.
  • Help to secure
    funding to sustain our service and act as an ambassador

General responsibilities of a SLAS Trustee:

In addition
to the responsibilities outlined above, the Treasurer as a Trustee has the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving
    strategic direction to the charity, setting overall strategy and policy,
    setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation and the
    proper management of the charity’s funds.
  • Ensure the charity applies its resources exclusively in
    pursuing its objectives.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of SLAS.
  • Be collectively responsible for the actions of the charity
    and other Trustees;
  • Participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such
    as interviewing new staff, helping with fundraising.
  • Attend Trustee Committee meetings, adequately prepared to
    contribute to discussions and making balanced and well-informed decisions,
    considering short- and long-term objectives.
  • Use independent judgment, acting legally and in good faith to
    promote and protect charity’s interests, to the exclusion of personal and/or
    any third-party interests.
  • Contribute to the broader promotion of St Luke’s Advice
    Service’s objectives, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise,
    knowledge and contacts.
  • Keep informed about the activities of the charity and wider
    issues which affect its work.

What we are looking for:

  • A finance professional. A knowledge of charity finance is an
    advantage, otherwise an enthusiasm to learn, drawing from sound commercial
    experience and an understanding of SMEs.
  • A strategic thinker with an ability to balance risk and
    opportunity.
  • Clear communicator with the ability to bring the financial
    information alive to non-finance specialists.
  • Willingness to play an active role in areas such as
    forecasting, setting and monitoring budgets, liaising with auditors and
    preparing insightful reports.

Personal skills and qualities:

  • Willingness and ability to understand and accept their
    responsibilities and liabilities as
    trustees and to act in the best interests of the organisation.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good,
    independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
  • Effective communication skills and willingness to participate
    actively in discussion.
  • A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and
    inclusion.
  • Enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
  • Willingness to lead according to our SLAS values
  • Commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life:
    selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and
    leadership

Terms of appointment: This is a voluntary and unpaid position.

Closing date for applications

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