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Established for over 30 years, Islington Chinese Association (ICA) is a leading London-based Chinese charity promoting social cohesion within the Borough of Islington, across the UK, and beyond. We operate a community centre in Archway and are committed to providing a variety of outstanding services for the benefit of the community, in particular being mindful of the needs of the disadvantaged in society.

We are looking for a Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees, who would carry the responsibilities of a small charity - leading on the development of a financial strategy and budget; contributing to wider thinking; and ensuring that our financial management is robust and conforms with Charity Commission guidelines.

Job Purpose

To oversee the financial affairs of the charity, ensuring the finances are lawful and within accepted accounting practices and the organisation's constitution.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that effective financial procedures and controls are in place and proper financial records are kept systematically by ICA staff
  • Prepare and present accounts and forecasts at Trustee meetings and annual AGM and liaise with ICA's Independent Examiner
  • Report on the financial health of the organisation, including provision of an annual budget and ongoing monitoring of income and expenses, review of periodic management accounts and advise on financial viability
  • Contribute to the overall strategy of the organisation, in particular, financial impact of strategic plans and feasibility studies
  • Ready to be consulted on funding applications, ensuring opportunities are in line with strategic plan
  • Work alongside other trustees in areas beyond finance, to ensure the ongoing health and development of the organisation

Skills you need

  • Strategic level financial experience and responsibility
  • Financial management, audit or accountancy background. Experience in charitable sector will be a bonus
  • Strategic vision and independent judgement working within a team of trustees

Time Commitment

  • Under normal circumstances there are quarterly board meetings but in 2021 the Board will meet 6 times a year, with informal meetings / online discussions in between
  • Due to the key role of the Treasurer as finance lead on business planning and budgetary monitoring, additional time will be required to liaise with Staff team and bookkeeper on a regular basis

What's in it for you

  • ICA's trustees all work on a voluntary basis. There is no monetary remuneration
  • This role will suit a retired financial manager who enjoys skill sharing with like-minded professionals on a small and friendly board
  • You learn to take an interest in the Chinese community of London, their sense of fun and their cultural pursuits
  • As an active member of ICA you begin to associate with people across all walks of life, and join them in juggling your language skills

To find out more about us, please visit

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to

Deadline: Friday 19 March 2021