Trustee Recruitment - Secretary & Treasurer

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 17th October 2022

  • Advertised from 19th September 2022


SWAN is a dynamic, rapidly growing, unique and ground-breaking Charity. As an Autistic People’s Organisation (APO), we are run by and for autistic people, with autistic staff and volunteers and a majority of autistic people on our Board. We are the only Charity in Scotland focused on autistic women, girls, and non-binary people. *

SWAN is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are responsible for ensuring that the Charity is well-managed, in line with its vision, mission and values, and that it abides by its charitable objectives. Our Board of Trustees is made up of a range of individuals from across Scotland who bring wide perspectives from different sectors of life and ensure that the organisation maintains a clear focus on our strategic objectives and vision.

This year, 2022, is our 10th anniversary and a time of exciting change and growth at SWAN and we are seeking a new Treasurer and a new Secretary to join us on our Board in this next phase of our journey.

The Treasurer’s primary role is to assist and advise the Board in overseeing the finances, ensuring the organisation’s financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. SWAN currently has an annual income of just over £150,000, predominantly from grant funding at this time. Day-to-day finances are managed by the CEO, who prepares the budget and income and expenditure reports and works closely with the Treasurer.

Treasurer tasks include:

• being a counter signatory to banking transactions

• liaising with payroll and pension providers

• presenting financial reports, raising issues and answering questions at Board meetings and the AGM

• liaising with the financial examiners for the annual review of accounts

• ensuring statutory returns are made to any relevant regulators

Appropriate financial skills are required, but training on Charity finances will be provided where necessary.

The Secretary’s primary role is to carry out practical administrative tasks on behalf of the Board.

Secretary tasks include:

• convening meetings – sharing dates, times, Zoom link, etc.

• dealing with all board correspondence

• coordinating minute-taking (SWAN Trustees currently share the role of taking minutes on a rolling rota)

• ensuring back-up information is circulated for meetings where the topics to be discussed require it

• ensuring records are up to date with relevant regulators

Board meetings are held via Zoom, currently once every 6 weeks, for around two hours. As we are a small Charity, we do expect Trustees to contribute beyond attending Board meetings, and we sometimes hold extra meetings for Board Development, Strategy Development, etc. The Treasurer would attend additional finance meetings

To maintain our majority autistic Board, in line with our values and our constitution, we prioritise autistic applicants. However, we also welcome non-autistic applicants with the right skills who are interested in supporting our work.

We warmly welcome Trustees from a range of cultures, backgrounds, age and experience. We are currently under-represented on the Board by non-speaking autistic people, as well as people of colour and trans and non-binary people. We strongly value the contribution that people with these characteristics will bring to our Board discussions.

Application notes

To Apply: Please send us a single page expression of interest outlining your relevant experience and why you’d like to join the SWAN Board as Treasurer. (If you have a CV, LinkedIn profile or similar that you wish to send, you may include this in addition to the expression of interest, though this is not essential).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an online interview with our Chair and CEO. Successful candidates are invited to observe a Board meeting before official appointment and will be provided with an induction and training.

Please send expressions of interest, or requests for further information, to:

*SWAN is inclusive of all autistic-identified people – with a clinical or non-clinical diagnosis, NHS or private and self-diagnosed or self-identified.

*SWAN is inclusive of all women, as well as non-binary, intersex, genderqueer and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.