Our Treasurer steps down in November 2022 after serving the maximum term of office (6 years) allowed by our Mem & Arts.  We are succession planning and hope to recruit a Treasurer over the next few months that would enable a period of getting to know the organisation, our complex funding and having opportunity to ‘shadow’ our Treasurer.

The new Treasurer would be part of a small and local board of management (currently 9 members) all with a mix of business, health sector, HR, marketing and voluntary sector skills and experiences.  Importantly, we also involve people with experience of providing unpaid care to family members as either an adult or as a young carer.

Our Board meets 5 times a year (currently via Zoom) and there are also 3 Financial Sub Group meetings in-between.  The Treasurer will be expected to attend at least the majority of these and also to report to the organisation’s wider members at the annual general meeting.  Between meetings and e-mails, we anticipate involvement being no more than 5-10 hours over the course of a month.

We are in the first year of a new 5-year Strategic Plan with a focus on long term sustainability as one of our strategic priorities.  We need to make sure our resources match our ambitions by embedding a robust, sustainable and mixed funding model.  The Treasurer will work closely with the CEO and Financial Administrator, and will be supported by our accountancy firm who also provide quarterly ‘sense’ checks.  The role of the Treasurer is therefore to provide an overview of the organisation’s finances to the Board, whilst providing support to the CEO and board with regards to financial planning.

What are we looking for?

Naturally we are looking for someone experienced in financial reporting and accounts.  Our turnover is not huge (average £500,000+) but is complex as we have a number of restricted funds.  We need someone that can cut through the complexity, and present financial information in an easy-to-understand manner.

A personal understanding of the impact of caring is advantageous but not vital.

Whilst meetings are currently held on Zoom, we do hope to return to face-to-face meetings soon.  The Treasurer will therefore need to be within reasonable travelling distance of Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire.  Should life ever go back to normal, our offices are just 5 minutes’ walk from the railway station with direct rail links to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

We seek of all Board Members:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Prepared to make a regular time commitment
  • Willingness to demonstrate how you will contribute to the work of the board and vision of Carers Link either through your personal experiences, or professional work and knowledge.
  • Willingness to speak your mind
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Be able to respect confidences and confidential issues

Knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas: Caring, Business Skills, Management or HR, Legal or Financial, Fundraising and/or knowledge of the Voluntary, Health or Social Work sectors

What difference will you make?

Good Board Members have a vital role to play in directing the success of any charity. The main responsibility is governance: to ensure Carers Link is run efficiently and properly, that our funds are spent properly, to monitor the progress of the work of the organisation and to make sure that as the organisation grows, it continues to meet the needs of Carers in East Dunbartonshire.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You may be interested in volunteering as a Board Member because of your personal experiences, but prefer not to be involved in directly supporting other Carers.  You might be volunteering to gain experience or to learn something new, or you might have the key skills or knowledge that we are seeking.  Carers Link is committed to supporting our volunteers and to make your experience as a volunteer board member a positive one.

Before you apply

Application via form (provided later) and subject to 2 references. Trustees can be co-opted throughout the year but formally elected at our November AGMs.

We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone or online) out with these hours can be arranged. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.