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IDAS is seeking a new Treasurer

As the largest, specialist charity in Yorkshire we now support over 10,000 people every year and we need a finance professional with the skills and commitment to join our Board as we implement our new 5-year Strategy.

This is a great time to join us as we have some exciting business development proposals, with the long term aim of greater financial independence. The Hon. Treasurer will have the skills to advise and support the Board to discharge its duties in this regard. They will also be a member of our Finance and Investment Committee, and preferably fulfil the role of Chair.

As Honorary Treasurer you will help us drive forward our ambitious Strategy working alongside our established Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team.

The right candidate will be a qualified accountant, or someone who has substantial, knowledge and experience of financial accounting. You should also be familiar with charities and how they operate. You will need to be able to provide constructive challenge and support to the Head of Finance, whilst understanding the delineation of executive and non-executive roles. IDAS is regulated by the Charity Commission, and you will need understand the charity SORPs accounting practices.

In terms of time commitment, the Board meets for two hours each quarter and there is usually a strategy away day each year. The Finance and Investment Committee also meets for one-to-two hours each quarter, a couple of weeks before the Board meeting.

The current Hon. Treasurer usually schedules a fortnightly catch up with the Head of Finance, to provide support and continuity between meetings, and they have found that this arrangement works well. There is slightly more involvement during the annual year end and external audit process; a selection process for the audit firm for FYE 2021/22 was completed in 2021.

In total, on recurring work the current Treasurer estimates a time commitment of one day per month.  Ad hoc work such as the audit re-tender referred to above would be in addition to recurring work.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Treasurer role description | Information for prospective trustees

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Joining the Board

Joining the IDAS Trustee Board, as either a trustee or a committee member, is one of the most important forms of volunteering in the sector. The trustees give direction to a charity and are ultimately legally responsible for its activities. The time, skills and work of our Board of Trustees is incredibly valuable to us at IDAS. Our trustees ensure that IDAS has a clear strategy, and that our work and goals are in line with our purpose, which is to: provide accommodation, support and advice to people who have experienced or been affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.

The trustees could not complete their work without the valuable support of additional committee members of the board. Most trustees start as committee members, which gives them time to get to know and understand the trustees’ responsibilities while developing expertise in one or two aspects of IDAS.

Trustees don’t do the day-to-day running of the charity; they play the role of ‘critical friend’ to the senior management team, giving support and, by challenging, helping the team to manage effectively. Our trustees safeguard our assets, both physical assets such as property, and intangible ones, like our reputation. They make sure we use our resources well and that the charity is run sustainably.

The board meets four times a year, and the Board’s committees also meet around four times a year to focus on particular areas of work or projects. All trustees are involved in one or more committees or other special projects, as well as having a good understanding of the charity’s work overall.

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The benefits of joining the IDAS Board

Being a trustee or a committee member is a challenging but very rewarding volunteer role. You can put your skills and experience to use and make a lasting difference to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. It’s a chance to learn about the management and strategy of our charity and to develop your leadership skills. You’ll get to work with new and interesting people from diverse backgrounds. Whether you want to do something different, support a great cause or add to your CV, with limited compulsory meetings it’s the perfect volunteering opportunity for busy people.

We’d love to hear from you

If you are interested in learning more about joining our board we’d love to hear from you. We offer an induction programme, a board buddy and ongoing training to new members of the board. We want to widen the board’s viewpoint and decision making and welcome people from all backgrounds.

Interested in joining our Board?

If you are interested in joining the Board as a committee member or trustee, please read the Information for Prospective Trustees below and send us a form expressing your interest so that we can arrange an initial, informal chat.

Information for Prospective Trustees (PDF)

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