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  • Salary None as this is a trustee position
  • Location Home-based,Vauxhall, Greater London
  • Job Type Voluntary
  • Category Finance , Governance
  • Sectors Social Welfare
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Job Description

Role of Trustee

  • To ensure that FoodCycle complies with our governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and that we pursue our Objects as defined in our governing document
  • To ensure that we apply our resources exclusively in pursuance of FoodCycle's Objects and that we are efficiently and effectively managed
  • To safeguard the good name and values of FoodCycle
  • To ensure the financial stability of FoodCycle
  • To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance.
  • To sit on safeguarding, remuneration and other panels as required

In addition to the above statutory duties, we ask our trustees to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the charity’s key processes which will enhance your career development. To carry out your role we will invest in training where there are gaps and seek to progress you if the opportunity arises.

Responsibility of Treasurer

As Honorary Treasurer you will be responsible for:

  1. Overseeing the financial affairs of the organisation and ensuring they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice
  2. Liaising with the CEO and finance manager to ensure the financial viability of the organisation and to set budgets
  3. Ensuring proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place
  4. Monitoring and reporting on the financial health and financial risk management of the organisation to the Board, and taking a lead in interpreting financial data for them
  5. Overseeing the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts independent examinations/audits
  6. Ensuring that FoodCycle has appropriate financial, reserves and investment policies
  7. Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
  8. Leading on appointing and overseeing the work of independent examiners / auditors.

You will need to have professional financial qualifications and strong analytical skills; relevant knowledge of charity finance and auditing/ accounting would be useful. We want someone who is committed, astute, community minded, can think flexibly and who is willing to speak their mind.

It is also important that you have the time to commit to the role. As Treasurer, you will need to spend time reviewing FoodCycle’s finances prior to the Board Meetings, and at any other time as necessary. We will invest in training and mentoring for you as necessary in accordance with your experience as a trustee.

The Board and Committee meetings are normally held in central London. Trustees meet 4-5 times a year, and attend the FoodCycle annual conference held on a weekend in October. Trustees serve three years on the FoodCycle Board with an option to extend if necessary.