At Reach, we are committed to helping connect people like you with causes that really inspire them. Becoming a charity trustee could help you grow your skills and experience in a totally new environment and context.
Charities are always looking for trustees with professional qualifications, especially accountants and finance professionals. Charity boards have responsibility for financial management so your background can be key to advising and guiding fellow trustees on reporting, control systems, solvency and investments.
You may even want to take on the role of honorary treasurer, a unique kind of trustee with specific responsibility for finance. More than just a busman’s holiday, the role of an honorary treasurer is more varied and challenging than “just doing the books”.
Many trustees find working as part of a team hugely energising and satisfying. As a trustee you could help a charity improve people’s lives, change the environment or transform a community. Being a trustee can also build your network, broaden your experience or get you involved in something completely new. Learn more about being a trustee.
Our friendly team can suggest opportunities in some of the thousands of charities we support in London and throughout the UK. You can get to know the charity of your choice and make a real long-term difference as a financial trustee or treasurer.
Keith Owen registered with Reach hoping to take on a treasurer position; he shares his experience of the process and the positions he found:
Musical Keys Logo”When recently seeking voluntary treasurer positions, I set myself a maximum of two charities within 20 minutes’ drive of my home. I found two – each quite different and without a treasurer for some while – and joined them both.
“Both are expanding as both are successful at funding. I am developing simpler financial reporting for their boards, helping to cost bids and meeting their partners. As a former accountant, I am certainly not finding the work a busman’s holiday. In fact, quite the opposite!”
Keith is now the Honorary Treasurer for both The Magdalene Group and Musical Keys. Read more accountant to treasurer success stories below.
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Read a blog piece about what to expect when becoming a treasurer from Denise Fellows, CEO of the Honorary Treasurers’ Forum.
To search for treasurer roles visit our website.
Reach’s organisations will now have access to an extra source of finance volunteers through a new collaboration between The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and Reach.
The ICAEW has offered up its job board for Reach to advertise roles to its members for free, opening up the talent and experience of ICAEW members who can transform the ability of a voluntary organisation to deliver its services. There are 14,000 registered chartered accountants who use the job board and a further 120,000 members who will be made aware of the opportunities through Reach.
This partnership means the Third Sector will now have access to thousands of potential finance volunteers through a new collaboration between the ICAEW and Reach.
Reach, the skilled volunteering charity, has always experienced a very high demand for volunteers with a finance background and it has not always been easy to meet this. Charities have a particular need for treasurers and trustees with a financial background as well as for volunteer accountants, business advisors and financial managers.
As part of the ICAEW’s strategy to deepen its relationship with the Third Sector, the ICAEW has been offering not for profit organisations the opportunity to use its job board to advertise volunteer roles to its members for free. The new collaboration with Reach aims to extend this scheme, providing more organisations with an additional route to find highly skilled financial volunteers.
‘The talent and experience of an ICAEW member can transform the ability of a voluntary organisation to realise its potential’ says Sarah King, Reach chief executive. ‘Thanks to the support of the ICAEW the sector no longer needs to bemoan the lack of readily available finance volunteers’.
Any of the job board’s 14,000 registered users will be able to use the site to contact Reach about their advertised positions. The ICAEW is also promoting the relationship with Reach to its 134,000 members, encouraging them to consider the wide range of volunteer opportunities available.
“Lots of our members are very keen to use their qualifications, skills and experience to make a difference to their community” said Caron Bradshaw, Head of Charity and the Voluntary Sector at ICAEW. ”Whether it’s a purely financial role or they’re looking to help in another capacity, our arrangement with Reach will make it easier for them to find the right position.”
About ICAEW: As a world-class professional accountancy body, the ICAEW provides leadership and practical support to over 134,000 members in more than 160 countries, working with governments, regulators and industry to maintain the highest standards. Our members provide financial knowledge and guidance based on the highest technical and ethical standards. They are trained to challenge people and organisations to think and act differently, to provide clarity and rigour, and so help create and sustain prosperity. The ICAEW ensures these skills are constantly developed, recognised and valued. Because of us, people can do business with confidence.