At Reach, we are committed to helping connect people like you with causes that really inspire them. Becoming a charity trustee could help you grow your skills and experience in a totally new environment and context.
Charities are always looking for trustees with professional qualifications, especially accountants and finance professionals. Charity boards have responsibility for financial management so your background can be key to advising and guiding fellow trustees on reporting, control systems, solvency and investments.
You may even want to take on the role of honorary treasurer, a unique kind of trustee with specific responsibility for finance. More than just a busman's holiday, the role of an honorary treasurer is more varied and challenging than "just doing the books".
Many trustees find working as part of a team hugely energising and satisfying. As a trustee you could help a charity improve people’s lives, change the environment or transform a community. Being a trustee can also build your network, broaden your experience or get you involved in something completely new. Learn more about being a trustee.
Our friendly team can suggest opportunities in some of the thousands of charities we support in London and throughout the UK. You can get to know the charity of your choice and make a real long-term difference as a financial trustee or treasurer.
Keith Owen registered with Reach hoping to take on a treasurer position; he shares his experience of the process and the positions he found:
"When recently seeking voluntary treasurer positions, I set myself a maximum of two charities within 20 minutes’ drive of my home. I found two – each quite different and without a treasurer for some while – and joined them both.
"Both are expanding as both are successful at funding. I am developing simpler financial reporting for their boards, helping to cost bids and meeting their partners. As a former accountant, I am certainly not finding the work a busman's holiday. In fact, quite the opposite!"
Keith is now the Honorary Treasurer for both The Magdalene Group and Musical Keys. Read more accountant to treasurer success stories below.
If your interest has been piqued, try some of the links on the right. Our resources for new trustees are linked, as well as a blog piece from Denise Fellows, CEO of the Honorary Treasurers' Forum. You can also watch a video guide to trusteeship from Reach's former CEO, Sarah King.
What is the next step to becoming a trustee or treasurer?
If you are interested, register with us now. Just click on our registration form, fill in your details and click 'submit'. Our dedicated team will then contact you within five working days. If you have the right blend of skills and experience to help the thousands of charities we work with, we will then activate your account.
At that point, you will be able to update your details and search on our thousands of volunteering opportunities. At the same time, we will be doing our very best to suggest roles you will find rewarding and challenging.
We're looking forward to finding out about your professional skills. Here's the link to the registration form again.