Treasurer/ Financial Director
Community Composting Network (CCN) is the UK-wide organisation that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals involved in producing compost and using it in their local communities. For more information visit: http://www.communitycompost.org
CCN are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer with the time and skills to become Treasurer and would like to invite anyone interested to get in touch. At this stage, there is no formal application process – just get in touch and tell us a bit about yourself.
We are open to applications from individuals from all backgrounds and experiences that meet the following general trustee criteria :
- are committed to the purpose, objects and values of CCN
- will contribute constructively to discussions and meetings
- understand the importance and purpose of meetings, and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly
- will actively contribute to the development of policy and direction of CCN
- Time Required
Quarterly half-day face-to-face Management Committee meetings per year (, held in Birmingham)
- Monthly online video conference Management Committee meetings (usually the 3rd Thursday of the month, approximately 2 hours).Anyone concerned about the technical aspects of this will be given full support (but it’s really very easy!)
- Some time between meetings for reading papers, reports etc. following up matters arising from meetings, and contributing to general discussions.
The overall role of a Financial Director is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. The responsibilities will include:
1) Monitoring and handling the accounts:
- Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements;
- Ensuring financial reports are prepared and presented to the board;
- Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place;
- Liaising with any paid staff and volunteers about financial matters;
- Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities;
- Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way;
- Ensuring that the accounts are prepared in compliance with the statutory regulations, any auditors’ recommendations are implemented, the accounts are included in the annual report and are submitted to the relevant statutory bodies, e.g. the Charity Commission & Companies House
- Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required.
2) Financial planning:
- Being assured that the financial resources meet the organisation’s present and future needs;
- Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation;
- Ensuring the organisation’s strategic plan takes financial implications into consideration.
3) Managing the financial resources:
- Ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy;
- Ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate investment policy (e.g. that its financial reserves are secure and earning reasonable interest);
- Ensuring that there is no conflict between any investments held and the aims and objects of the organisation; monitoring the organisation’s investment activity and ensuring its consistency with the organisation’s policies and legal responsibilities.
4) Person specification for a Financial Director
- In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Financial Director should (as far as possible) also possess the following:
- Financial experience and knowledge of business planning, and some experience of issues such as voluntary sector finance and fundraising and pension schemes;
- The skills to analyse proposals and their financial consequences;
- A readiness to make unpopular recommendations to the board;
- Availability to provide information to staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis;
- An ability to present financial information in a user-friendly way;
- A willingness to learn appropriate new skills if required.
- Trustees are entitled to claim appropriate travel expenses for attending meetings or otherwise in connection with the discharge of their duties, on production of receipts.
- Applicants must be over 18, and have no reason why he/she cannot be a charity trustee the provisions of the Charities Acts.
- Trustees must not act solely to represent the separate interests of a member organisation other than to develop communication and co-operation between individual members and their organisations.
As a first step, please get in touch with CCN Chair, Beki Hoyland, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone for an informal discussion about what is involved and to introduce yourself.
Advice and support
- Funding and finance
- Coping with cuts
- Addressing needs
- Managing change
- Planning for the future
- Involving people
- Public Service Delivery
- Governance and leadership
- Compact Advocacy programme
- Campaigning and influencing policy
- Collaborative working
- ICT (information and communication technology)
- Climate change
- People, HR and employment