Vacancy for Treasurer

Could you be Shine’s next Honorary Treasurer?

Join us for an exciting opportunity to make a difference...  

Use your experience of strategic financial management to help drive and support Shine’s strategic direction and on-going success in making a difference to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions.

In return, this role will provide you with an opportunity to put your skills and expertise to use in a different context, and ‘give something back’.   It will help to fulfil your organisation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and add a new dimension to your CV. You will learn more about the work of a national charity, and the successes and challenges a charity has in ensuring that  the resources, processes and best practice are in place to deliver services which make a difference.

About the role

Shine is led by its Board of 16 Trustees, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity.    As a Shine Trustee, you will have the opportunity to make a valuable and important contribution to our current work and future direction.

Shine is seeking to recruit a qualified and experienced accountant as the new Honorary Treasurer.  As Honorary Treasurer, you will play a key role in supporting Shine’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team to develop and implement the charity’s strategy.   You will be one of three Honorary Officers of the Board.

Working alongside the Chair and Vice-Chair, you will oversee financial, internal control and risk management matters of the charity in line with good practice, our governing document and legal requirements and will support our Director of Finance in reporting on these to the Board.

About Shine

Shine is the only organisation with a membership of over 11,000 individuals, that works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide information, support and advice to thousands of individuals and families whose lives are affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and associated conditions.   We work to raise awareness, educate professionals, and influence key policy and practice to ensure that our members have improved access to specialist services and treatment.

Time Commitment – and our Commitment to You

The role is an important role and requires approximately 8 days a year, of which 4-5 days will be on fixed dates for Committee and Audit meetings.  These dates will be planned well in advance. We encourage active participation, and Trustees often give more time.

There are currently four one-day Board of Trustee meetings a year, usually held in Peterborough.  You will be invited to attend occasional events to support Shine, and asked to provide support and advice when appropriate.

The successful candidate would serve initially for 3 years with the potential to be reappointed for up to a further two terms of 3 years after that.

This is an unpaid role, but expenses are paid for attendance at Board meetings and other Trustee activities. Some employers encourage and enable trusteeship as part of wider career development and corporate social responsibility.

We will give you a full induction and ongoing support and development in this role.

What we hope you’ll bring to this role

  • A demonstrable commitment to Shine’s aims, values and work is essential.
  • Expertise, skills and credibility in high-level strategy development
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship-building abilities.
  • An ability to contribute significantly to the work of the Trustees.
  • Strong leadership and chairing skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
  • Sound technical accounting and financial skills
  • Proven experience of financial management at a senior level is essential
  • Experience of overseeing risk management and assurance
  • Good coaching skills to support the Director of Finance and Operations

Key dates

  • Interviews will be held before 30 November 2018
  • Appointment will be confirmed at Shine’s Board meeting on 4 December 2018

Further information  

For further detail on the role, email for information.   

To apply

Please submit a CV and covering letter to Val Stokes on

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