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The UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) is recruiting for a new Honorary Treasurer

Are you interested in a voluntary position supporting a national environmental charity? We have an upcoming vacancy for an Honorary Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity to support the voluntary sector whilst enriching your own volunteering portfolio. 

This vacancy will be available from June 2023, but we anticipate a handover period with the current Treasurer to enable the new incumbent to get to grips with the role. 

We would be delighted to hear from you. To apply, please send a short covering note outlining why you are interested in joining us at UKELA and what you would bring to the role, along with your CV, to [email protected] by close on Tuesday 28 February 2023. 

If you would find it helpful to have a chat with us before applying, please get in touch with the current Treasurer, Nick Whitaker, or our Chair, Ned Westaway.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Description – United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Honorary Treasurer

Job Purpose

The Treasurer is a voluntary role as a trustee of UKELA. The Treasurer’s role as a member of the Council and Executive Committee is to maintain an overview of UKELA’s financial affairs, ensuring the charity’s long-term financial viability and ensuring that proper financial procedures and records are maintained, in line with legal requirements and charity sector good practice. 

UKELA outsources book-keeping services and employs an Executive Director and administrator who have day-to-day responsibility for maintaining financial records and reporting.


UKELA is the leading national membership organisation for anyone interested in the place where law and the environment meet. We publish information and reports, hold events, convene working parties on specific topics and respond to consultations and calls-for-evidence.  From practitioners to students, we are a group of like-minded people working together to promote a better understanding of environmental law and its impact on the world around us. Read more about us on our website.

Key Accountabilities

The Treasurer works in close cooperation with, and provides support and advice to, the Chair and Executive Director. The specific responsibilities of the Treasurer are: 

Financial & Resource Management
Work with senior management to monitor financial systems and controls in relation to budgeting, income and expenditure, cash flow, scheme of delegation, management accounts, pensions, payroll and remuneration and expenses policies. 
Advise the trustees and senior management on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans and key assumptions included in management’s operational plan and annual budget.
Confirm that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs and that there are appropriate reserves and investment policies. 

Annual Accounts 
Appoint (or reappoint) external reviewing accountants in line with charity law and UKELA policy; and liaise with them as appropriate in the production of the annual accounts. 
Ensure that the accounts are properly audited, that accepted recommendations of the reviewing accountants are implemented and provide financial expertise to management in the preparation of annual accounts. 
Formally present the accounts at the annual general meeting, drawing attention to important points, either in a written report or orally. 

Define and oversee the accounting procedures and key internal controls in conjunction with the Executive Director and financial service providers to be able to assure trustees that the charity’s financial integrity is sound. 
Monitor the organisation’s investment activity and ensure its investment and reserves policy is consistent with the organisation’s policies, aims, objectives and legal responsibilities. 

Advice to Council
Keep trustees informed about their financial duties and responsibilities. 
Guide and advise trustees in the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial policy framework. 
Advise the Chair on expenses and remuneration policies, with particular reference to annual salary and allowance reviews.
Provide advice on any other relevant financial or resource matter as requested by the Chair or trustees.

Skills and Experience
Qualified Accountant with an interest in supporting an environmental organisation. 
Able to commit between one and two days per month and attend day-time meetings, usually virtual but occasionally in London.

Commitment and Qualities
Ability to communicate key finance concepts and data clearly to relative lay audiences (eg UKELA members), both orally and in writing.
Able to provide technical financial advice and support to the Executive Director as required.
Willingness and ability to work in a “virtual” organisation, where email and virtual meetings are day-to-day tools.
Available for regular trustee meetings, either online or face to face, approximately 6 per year, plus the AGM.
Willingness to contribute to and prepare executive and trustee level financial reports in conjunction with the Executive Director.