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Treasurer-designate for the Autism Group

Do you have financial skills, and the ability to analyse charity accounts?

Would you like to make a big difference to a small, highly-valued and well-respected charity in Maidenhead, that works with children and young people from 9 to 25 on the autism spectrum?

About us

Established in 2016, the Autism Group is committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of young people on the spectrum, their parents and carers. We provide special interest clubs, workshops and parent support services.

Our Board of trustees appointed a new Chair in May 2021, and our long-serving Treasurer (who has been with us since our inception) is now looking to move on.

Our turnover in 2020/21 rose to £77k, despite having to change our face-to-face delivery, and much of what we do is offered free-of-charge.

About TAG's trustees

Trustees' Annual Report and Annual Accounts, available from the Charity Commission

The role

We are looking for a new trustee to take on the role of Treasurer-designate, with a comprehensive hand-over from our current Treasurer. Our expectation is for you to spend up to three months in this 'designate' role, to enable you to ascertain if it's right for you and right for our organisation, to learn how we operate and how you help us strategically manage our finances.

If you have financial skills and abilities, a good grasp of charity financial governance including understanding of Fund allocation, and maybe even the SORP, we'd really like to talk to you. We'd expect you to have, or be working towards, financial qualification.

This opportunity will become a chance to work with employees and trustees to continue to grow TAG for the future. You don't need experience of working with children and young people on the autism spectrum, but you must have empathy with our cause.

We are a charity not a business, but we apply business principles to governing our organisation. We are looking for fresh expertise and experience from a variety of backgrounds for our charity. We want to expand the diversity of our Board, in all meanings, and strongly welcome applications from people from less-represented groups.

The focus of a trustee role is strategic and you don't need to be directly involved in the organisation's operations on a day-to-day basis.

We ask for up to ten hours per month in the role, including induction & training, all liaison with employees, all meetings, correspondence, communication, etc. This is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

Full induction to our charity is provided, plus specialist support as a trustee including access to external training. You do not necessarily need prior experience of charity trusteeship, as support from other trustees and from our Charity Manager is always available.

How to apply

This appointment is being managed for us by inVOLve Community Services, a charity-support organisation, who offer a no-obligation discussion by phone or video. A detailed Role Description and Person Specification can be made available to you upon request.

You will need to be eligible to be a charity trustee, which we will explain. Trustee appointments are subject to satisfactory references, to completion of an online Safeguarding course and an Enhanced DBS check

Your CV or similar will be read by TAG's trustees and Charity Manager and an interview offered as soon as mutually convenient.

I need to know more

Contact Mike Allen for more information and arrange to have a no-obligation initial informal discussion (Teams/Zoom/phone)