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  • Could you be a charity treasurer?

    • 21 Sep 2023
    • Kristina Kopic, Head of Charity and Voluntary Sector, ICAEW

    Marking the publication of the sixth edition of The Charity Treasurer’s Handbook in mid-September, I spoke to its author, ICAEW member Elaine Alsop, about why treasurers are so important to charities.

  • 5 leadership roles for Chairs on finance

    • 24 Apr 2023
    • Rosalind Oakley, Chief Executive, Association of Chairs

    The finance team are of course essential on charity finance, whether they are a Treasurer, a Chair of finance committee, a Finance Director or other member of the finance staff and they do much of the heavy lifting. But Chairs need to play their role too – starting with these five key areas of financial leadership.

  • Why become a charity trustee

    • 30 Dec 2021
    • Kristina Kopic

    Most charities are keen to recruit a chartered accountant to their board because their financial skills and business acumen can prove invaluable to building an organisation’s financial sustainability. In return, most trustees find their role rewarding, and enjoy learning new skills and building new networks.

  • International volunteering in a global pandemic?

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • David Busby, Volunteer Services Manager at Accounting for International Development (AfID)

    UK Social Enterprise Accounting for International Development have been sending accounting and finance professionals, including many ICAEW members, on volunteer assignments across the globe for more than 10 years. But what happens when overseas travel becomes impossible, practically overnight?

  • Skills-based volunteering with Cranfield Trust

    • 21 Jan 2021
    • Marie Langan, Project Manager at Cranfield Trust

    Cranfield Trust was founded in 1989 to provide pro bono management consultancy to UK charities using volunteers from the business community. Originally, this consisted of support with business plans, however there are now many ways to volunteer, especially for ICAEW members who have a wide range of transferable skills.

  • Being a voluntary board member – it’s a two-way street!

    • 9 Dec 2019
    • Dale Archer

    In our second blog of Trustees Week, we celebrate more great work of ICAEW staff in voluntary board roles. Charity trustees and voluntary board members come from all walks of life. What can you do to make a difference today?

  • Case study: Accountants as school governors - how your expertise can help

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • Sam Butler

    All businesses need accountants – and that includes schools. From financial planning, to scrutinising budgets, to holding senior leadership to account, schools rely on their governing body. School governors are the largest volunteer force in education, but thousands of primary and secondary schools across the country need volunteers to bring their skills to a governing board.

  • Feel confident in your role as a charity trustee

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • Lynn Cadman

    January saw the launch of the new Volunteering Community – and with it ICAEW’s new online Trustee Training Modules. We caught up with co-author of the modules, Lynn Cadman, to find out more about this online training and why she wanted to be involved in the project.

  • Case study – Tim O’Brien talks about becoming a trustee

    • 11 Dec 2017
    • Tim O'Brien

    I retired in 2013. Prior to that I worked for Shell in the UK for over 30 years, mostly located in London with a short spell in exotic Welwyn Garden City. My career included commercial management, economics, M&A, all kinds of accounting, and risk management. It took in large businesses and small “start-up” organisations and plenty of travel.

  • How to break into the international development sector

    • 9 Dec 2013
    • Lynn Cadman

    It can be frustrating as a finance professional trying to break into the international development sector. You’ve taken the time to write a covering letter, you’re fully qualified, with 10 years’ experience and yet your applications still aren’t getting acknowledged.