Treasurer – Trustee Board vacancy

Many people in our city are really struggling to make ends meet.  Right now, some are having to choose between paying bills and feeding themselves and their children.  Many are finding it hard to pay essential bills, like gas and electricity.  They may have a disability, be in low-paid insecure jobs or be caring for a relative.  They may have experienced a crisis.  They might be just like you.

We are looking for a treasurer who can demonstrate commitment and integrity in advising the board on the financial health of our charity. The treasurer is not a book keeper or accountant but must have a good understanding of financial control and collective board responsibility. The treasurer would also become a trustee of our charity.

Responsibilities include production and analysis of management accounts, highlighting relevant financial issues at trustee board meetings and advising on any action that may be required. The full role profile can be downloaded from the links below.

We particularly welcome applicants from people in the city who are currently under-represented among our trustees, including young people, people from black and minority ethnic communities, from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community.

Main responsibilities

  • Guiding and advising the board in the approval of budgets and management accounts
  • Overseeing financial record keeping and ensuring that proper financial procedures and controls are in place to safeguard our resources
  • Reporting to the trustee board on financial matters
  • Working with our external accountant to ensure that annual accounts are prepared at year end, as required by the Charity Commission and Companies House
  • As a trustee, you will be a member of the board who help guide and support the charity to deliver our strategic plan. 

What we are looking for

  • Relevant experience in a financial setting and/or a financial qualification
  • Practical experience of Xero or other accounting software would be desirable
  • Some experience or knowledge of charity finance and fundraising would also be desirable
  • Someone who shares our vision and desire to help people solve their problems, to address poverty and boost equality in the city.

Time commitments

  • The trustee board normally meets every two months (either online or in person in Coventry). Meetings normally last up to 90 minutes.
  • There is also an additional finance sub-committee meeting (quarterly), an annual strategy day and our Annual General Meeting.
  • Trustees are not paid for their work but will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses. Induction and ongoing support/training is available.

About us

  • Coventry Independent Advice Service (CIAS) is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We hold the Advice Quality Standard in recognition of the high quality of our advice services and our debt advice function is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
  • We provide benefits and debt casework, plus a generalist advice service, across the city of Coventry. Services are delivered through a mix of face-to-face advice in communities and telephone/remote support.
  • We have an excellent reputation, established over the last 30 years. Last year, we helped local people to secure over £2.75 million in benefits. As well as the direct impact on individuals and families, we estimate our activity is worth over £6 million to the city each year as our clients mainly spend this money locally.
  • Our core funding comes through a grant-in-aid agreement with Coventry City Council. Our other income comes via funded project activity and grants from trusts and foundations.
  • The people we help come from a range of backgrounds. We are therefore keen to ensure our charity trustees reflect the diversity of our city and bring a wide range of skills and experience to our board. We need our board to think creatively and be innovative. We believe that having a diverse board will improve our decision-making processes.

If you share our enthusiasm and want to help shape our future, we would love to hear from you! For an initial informal discussion about the role, please contact Alan Markey, Director of Service, by email

If you are ready to apply, you can download the Trustee Application Form using the link below. Please return the form by email to