Trustee Vacancies

Trustee Vacancy

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

  • Brighton based charity
  • Circa 10 committee meetings per year (usually remote), plus annual strategy and vision day. 
  • This trustee role can be delivered remotely.
  • Unremunerated

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

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 general 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.
Please note that this role can be delivered fully remotely if required.

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.

Time commitment: Flexibility is key, with an expected minimum commitment including attending 10 board meetings annually, an annual strategy and vision day, and providing hands on financial support as needed. We estimate that this hands-on support may average around one and half days a month with slightly more at key financial management points in the year (such as preparing statutory accounts). This role can be delivered remotely if that works best for the candidate.

Interested in joining us?

For informal inquiries or to discuss the role further before applying, please contact Kathryn Mountford (Trustee) at kathryn.mountford@stlukesadviceservice.org.uk

Please submit your CV and a short covering letter outlining your interest and motivation for the role to kathryn.mountford@stlukesadviceservice.org.uk by midnight on Wednesday 31 July.  If shortlisted, there will be a more formal interview with the Chair and a trustee in August / September 2024.