Treasurer (Trustee - voluntary)


The South West International Development Network connects NGOs, civil society, think tanks, academics, consultants and private sector organisations to work together collaboratively on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The South West International Development Network (SWIDN) (registered charity no 1173320) was established in 2012 by volunteers to link the considerable number of organisations based in the region and help them to be more effective in tackling poverty and reducing inequality. Paid membership has reached over 40 organisations. In 2017, thanks to external funding from the Joffe Trust, the network appointed a part-time Coordinator who plays an integral role in building the network and its reach.

Overall responsibilities
The overall responsibilities of the Treasurer (who sits on the Board of Trustees) are to monitor the financial administration of the network and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals on the state of its financial health, in line with best practice, and in compliance with the governing document and legal requirements.

Responsibilities and duties:
- Overseeing and presenting budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the Board of Trustees
- Leading in the Board’s duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements
- Producing financial reports for donor reporting
- Leading in the development and implementation of financial reserves, cost‐management and investment policies
- Monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity
- Overseeing the implementation of and monitoring specific financial controls and adherence to systems
- Advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan
- Overseeing the charity’s financial risk‐management process
- Acting as a counter signatory on charity cheques and important applications to funders
- Attending quarterly Board meetings in Bristol (this can be via Skype if necessary)

About you:
- Financial and business planning experience, including the skills to analyse funding proposals and interpret financial information including budgets and management reports
- Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary)
- Good financial analysis skills
- Ability to communicate clearly
- Financial qualifications desirable
- Experience in budget setting and monitoring
- Experience of the not for profit sector either in a paid or voluntary capacity
- Knowledge of the sector’s reporting regimes
- Ability to present financial information clearly and make it understandable for non-finance people

What we offer:
- Opportunities to access reduced rate training
- Full induction
- Opportunities to network with global development organisations, staff and volunteers
- Out of pocket expenses (travel costs)
- References for future employment

How to apply:

If you feel you have the skills and time to commit to this important and exciting role contributing to the future sustainability of SWIDN, please send a brief covering letter (1 page maximum) outlining why you are suitable and your CV to: Or, to apply through CharityJOB, please click here. For further information or queries, please email: We will be in touch with successful applicants to arrange a brief meeting to discuss the role further. We will respond to all applicants.

  • Closing Date:
  • Monday, 28 May, 2018 - 09:45

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