Volunteering

Treasurer for The Ripple Pond

Location: Aldershot

Date Posted: 02/06/2020

Closing Date: 02/09/2020

Job description

Join our wonderful peer support charity, and use your skills and experience to build on a foundation of excellence, ensure sustainability and grow the charity as part of our small and passionate Board.

What will you be doing?

The charity is based in Aldershot, Hampshire. We provide peer tsupport for the loved ones of wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans. This small but unique charity is vital to our 650+ members, and covers the UK. Trustee meetings are in Aldershot, or London four times a year (once per quarter). The Treasurer’s duties include the following.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, to oversee all financial aspects of The Ripple Pond so as to ensure its short and long-term viability.

In partnership with the Director and members of the Finance and Investments Sub-Committee to:

  1. Chair the Finance and Investments Sub-Committee.
  2. Ensure that The Ripple Pond operates within the financial guidelines, set out in current legislation by the Charity Commission, in the Charity’s constitution and by the Board.
  3. Ensure that The Ripple Pond has adequate financial and internal audit controls and these are monitored regularly.
  4. Identify and bring to the attention of the Board any financial risks facing the Charity.
  5. Ensure that the Charity’s financial resources are sufficient to meet the current and future needs of The Ripple Pond and to advise the Board on the Board’s reserves policy, which is to be reviewed and monitored regularly.

A more detailed position description is available attached. Trustees are expected to attend four, quarterly Board meetings per year. As well as the Board meetings, the Treasurer will attend and Chair four, quarterly Finance Committee meetings per year. These are based either in our offices in Aldershot, or in London.

What are we looking for?

The Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee which provides financial oversight and guidance to the Director, as well as back into the Board. The Treasurer also has financial authority delegated from the Board. The ideal candidate would therefore have a strong financial background. Qualities we are looking for include the following:

  • A recognised financial qualification and relevant financial experience is desirable
  • Experience of charity finance, including tax, and pension schemes is desirable
  • A real interest in supporting the Armed Forces community
  • Strategic vision and understanding
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • An understanding of the way in which the Third Sector works
  • An ability to work effectively as part of a team, contributing an independent perspective
  • Possess integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty.

What difference will you make?

In this voluntary position you will play an important role in strategically ushering the charity in to a new era, ensuring that this unique source of support is there for our beneficiaries when they need it most, now and for many years to come.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will have the opportunity to mould the next phase of The Ripple Pond’s future, and help the charity to reach more beneficiaries and provide better support to those whom are quite often overlooked in the Armed Forces community. This is a period in the charity’s history where you can make a significant and lasting impact.

Before you apply

The tenure for this trustee role would be for an initial period of three years. The Board would like to appoint someone as soon as possible. Once an expression of interest has been made regarding this position, we will arrange to meet with you in order to discuss the role further, your experience and availability. Thank you for your interest.

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