The role of our Regional Treasurer is a very important one. We look to our Treasurer for advice, guidance and reassurance on all aspects of financial management and reporting for Scouting. Our Region is one of the largest in Scotland with 2,000 adult volunteers, 7,00 young members and 2 activity centres.

The role of Treasurer on our Regional Executive Committee is not just about number crunching, compliance and governance activities. It is about being able to make a real difference and have a direct impact on the work of Scouting in South East Scotland. Our Treasurer needs to think strategically and be able to influence others.

It is a voluntary position, like the rest of the Regional Executive Committee, and you will need to be able to explain the technicalities of the accounts in plain language so that other trustees understand and are interested in finance issues. This will enable them to have informed discussion and decision making. You will also assist in external communication and ensure that the statutory annual accounts and trustees’ reports are clear and provide a real picture of our achievements. You will attend the quarterly Regional Executive Committee meetings and liaise with staff between these meetings.

But being a trustee is not only about giving; it is also about gaining. Becoming our Treasurer will offer finance professionals a different perspective on the role of financial management, not only from the perspective of a non-profit organisation, but also from a more independent viewpoint. It can, therefore, be a great opportunity for finance professionals to gain valuable new skills and experience.

Taking on the Treasurer role is a great way to network and to give something back. The experience can be hugely rewarding for the right person. Are you the right person?

For more information, please contact John Cannon, Regional Chair, South East Scotland Scouts at chair@sesscouts.org.uk  Or visit our website https://sesscouts.org.uk/news/ for more information about South East Scotland Scouts.

Details about the role of South East Scotland Scouts Treasurer

Our Honorary Treasurer provides advice, guidance and reassurance on all aspects of financial management and reporting. You would be a member of the Regional Executive Committee, which is comprised of a chair and about 12 members, including Scout leaders and our legal adviser.

About SES Scotland Scouts: Our Region is one of the largest in Scotland with over 2,000 adult volunteers, and over 7,000 young members, as well as 2 outdoor activity centres.

Experience desired: Enthusiastic person preferably with experience of relevant fields, such as charities and Scouting. Able to influence. Strong interpersonal skills and able to interact at all levels. Willing to work as part of a team. Able to promote and demonstrate our values.

Support and Training Details: Support will be provided to know more about Scouting and the duties of the Treasurer. Support will also be provided by the Finance Committee, which is composed of volunteers and with a wide range of financial skills. We have a paid member of staff , the Finance Administrator. And we employ FrenchDuncan, a well-known firm which provides us with a range of accountancy and payroll services.

Flexibility & Commitment: Home-based. Available to meet for a minimum of 4 Regional Executive Committee meetings a year and about 10 other meetings with staff and subcommittees.

Location of Regional Office: 71 Bonaly Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PB, Phone: 0131 441 1878
E-mail: info@sesscouts.org.uk.  Travel and other expenses will be paid.

The responsibilities of the Treasurer are to:       

  • Act as Treasurer for South East Scotland Scouts.
  • Manage and monitor the financial activities of the Region in conjunction with the Finance Committee, and report to the Regional Executive Committee.
  • Oversee the financial aspects of the work of Bonaly Centre Manager and the Finance Administrator, ensuring that all financial reports, annual statements of accounts and supporting documents (including receipts, cheque books and bank statements) are maintained accurately and in accordance with legal regulations.
  • Provide the Finance Committee and Regional Executive Committee with regular reports on the creation of budgets and financial planning, to allow appropriate monitoring of these.
  • Oversee the preparation of the Annual Statement of Accounts for independent examination (or audit) and approval by the Finance Committee and Regional Executive Committee, and present these at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Administer the process of independent examination or audit, as appropriate, of the Annual Statement of Accounts in accordance with the Scouting Association’s ‘Policy, Organisation and Rules’.

 In conjunction with the Finance Committee:

  • Ensure that the Region remains in a financially sustainable position and has appropriate reserves.
  • Ensure that the Region has appropriate accounting procedures and controls in place and that the Financial Procedures manual is up to date and reviewed regularly.
  • Administer the process of any internal controls review and oversee the implementation of any recommendations arising from that.
  • Manage and review the Region’s financial risk matrix.
  • Oversee the investment and fund deposit policy of the Region and liaise with the Investment managers.
  • Oversee the insurance requirements of the Region and liaise with Bonaly Centre Manager on adequacy and tendering of insurers.
  • Review any business cases for capital expenditure above the thresholds agreed in the Region’s financial procedures manual.

 Reporting lines and relationships:

  • The Treasurer will report to the Finance Committee and to the Regional Executive Committee, through the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Regional Chair respectively.
  • The Treasurer will require to work closely with B0naly Centre Manager and the Finance Administrator to ensure that the day-to-day financial administration is running smoothly and that appropriate reports are being provided.
  • The Treasurer will also require to work closely with the Regional Secretary and with other budget holders, and, from time to time, with other members of the Regional Executive Committee.