The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) is the largest network of lawyers and business leaders using commercial contracts to deliver rapid decarbonisation globally.
We are seeking a treasurer to join the board of this dynamic and fast-moving project as it becomes an independent charity and begins to scale globally.
About the role of Treasurer
Our trustees will play a vital role in making sure that TCLP achieves its core purpose. They oversee the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that TCLP has a clear strategy and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Just as importantly, they support and challenge the executive team to enable TCLP to grow and thrive, and through this, ensure that every contract enables solutions to climate change.
As well as fulfilling the duties of a Trustee, the Treasurer maintains an overview of TCLP’s financial affairs. The Treasurer ensures that effective and appropriate financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place and reports to the Board at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation. The Treasurer also ensures that the charity complies with relevant financial regulations and governance requirements.
Responsibilities of the treasurer include:
- Overseeing the presentation of budgets, internal management accounts and annual financial statements to the Board of Trustees.
- Ensuring that proper accounting records are kept, and that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place, ensuring compliance with UK charity accounting standards, financial regulations and reporting requirements.
- Ensuring that robust and comprehensive financial policies are in place and being implemented, and supporting the development of policies covering financial reserves, and cost management.
- Monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity.
- Overseeing financial controls and adherence to systems, regularly liaising with finance and reporting manager and executive director.
- Advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan, including overseeing the charity’s financial risk-management process.
- Lead on the appointment of and liaison with external auditors.
- Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by relevant statutory bodies, for example, the Charity Commission and/or the Registrar of Companies.
- Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities and liaising with the Chief Executive to develop the financial understanding of the Board of Trustees.
- Advising the Board of Trustees on financial matters, risk management strategies and potential areas of concern.
Responsibilities of all trustees include:
- Support and provide advice on TCLP’s purpose, vision, goals and activities.
- Approve operational strategies and policies, and monitor and evaluate their implementation.
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
- Provide support and challenge to TCLP’s executive director in the exercise of their delegated authority and affairs.
- Keep abreast of changes in TCLP’s operating environment.
- Contribute to regular reviews of TCLP’s own governance. Attend board meetings, adequately prepared to contribute to discussions.
- Use independent judgement, acting legally and in good faith to promote and protect TCLP’s interests, to the exclusion of their own personal and/or any third party interests.
- Contribute to the broader promotion of TCLP’s objects, aims and reputation by applying your skills, expertise, knowledge and contacts.
There will be times when the trustees will need to be actively involved beyond board meetings. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, presenting externally, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
The successful applicant will be an individual with a track record of board or executive leadership, who is passionate about sustainability and making a difference on climate change.
You will have the following attributes:
- A qualified accountancy professional. In-depth knowledge of UK charity accounting practices, regulations and reporting requirements.
- Clear communicator with the ability to bring the financial information alive to non-finance specialists.
- Willing to play an active role in areas such as forecasting, setting budgets, liaising with auditors.
- Passion for taking action to deliver real change in the climate crisis, and enthusiasm for our vision and mission.
- A strong personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and a willingness to lead according to our values of being a:
- Learning organisation,
- Cultivating a supportive environment to work in, that
- Delivers the greatest possible positive impact on climate change.
- Ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise good, independent judgement and work effectively as a board member.
- Willingness and ability to understand and accept the responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee and to act in the best interests of the TCLP.
- Proven record of leadership in business, government or non-profit sector. This is an unpaid role. We will expect a time commitment of c.1-2 days per month, with involvement including attendance at board and subcommittee meetings as well as flexibility to respond swiftly to occasional ad hoc issues.
- A cover letter addressing the following:
- Your fit to the person specification above,
- Your fit to the role description above,
- What you want to gain from being a trustee of TCLP.
- Your CV
We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive organisation and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.