Volunteer treasurer needed at Shiloh Rotherham

23rd September 2019

Shiloh Rotherham is a charity that offers support to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our team of staff and volunteers work with partners to provide a non-residential day service 3 days a week. We offer a safe place where our guests will be accepted and supported throughout their time with us. We work alongside every guest of Shiloh, to help them to plan for and realise a better future. Our services include: Advice & Support, Catering & Practical Support, Employment & Skills and Creative Activities.

Our vision is for everyone to have a safe place to call home and have the opportunity to live independently with a good quality of life.

Founded in 1992 on Christian beliefs, the values of the Christian faith are at the heart of what we do. The name ‘Shiloh’ comes from the Bible where it is referred to as a place of refuge. We believe that Jesus cared for those in need, and we want to do the same. Our support is open to everyone regardless of their beliefs.

Volunteer Treasurer
Role Description

Time Commitment:

  • Trustee Board Meetings are held bi-monthly on a mutually convenient evening from 6:30pm– 8:30pm at Shiloh offices.
  • There are also occasional evening sub-group meetings and an annual AGM which trustees should attend.
  • Communication between meetings takes place via email, and occasional telephone conferences.

Expenses: Reimbursement for travel and out of pocket expenses

The Voluntary Role

Shiloh is a small but growing charity with ambitious plans for the future expansion of its services. To help us grow, we are looking for experienced people to join our board of trustees. The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and policies for Shiloh and guides and supports the Chief Executive and their staff.

Following the resignation of our current and longstanding treasurer, we are now looking to appoint someone to this role. The day to day finances of the charity (turn over circa £140k) are carried out by paid staff. The role of Treasurer will be to provide oversight of all aspects of financial management, working closely with staff and other members of the board of trustees to safeguard the organisation’s finances.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure that they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are being kept and that effective and appropriate financial procedures and controls are in place ie: Cheque signatories, Purchasing limits, Purchasing systems, Petty cash/ float, Salary payments, Pensions, PAYE and NI payments
  • With support from staff, monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
  • Specifically to liaise with the Chief Executive as necessary, to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
  • Working with the Chief Executive, report the financial position at board meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, reserves).
  • Oversee the timely production of an annual budget and propose its adoption by the Board of Trustees.
  • Oversee the production of multi-year budget forecasts to underpin ongoing financial sustainability of the organization.
  • To attend and chair the finance sub-group and to report the resolutions of the meeting to the Board of Trustees.
  • Guide fellow trustees in appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Ensure that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs, maintaining a robust overview of the risks facing the charity


To arrange an informal visit, please contact either Judy Dalton, Chair of Trustees  judy.dalton@shilohrotherham.org.uk or Steve Wylie, Chief Executive Steve.wylie@shilohrotherham.org.uk

Tel: 01709 559504


Person Specification

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Experience of charity finance and fundraising
  • Financial qualifications are desirable
  • Knowledge or experience of committee procedures
  • Understanding of governance
  • Understanding of the voluntary sector
  • An understanding of the role of a trustee and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

Key Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness to prepare for and actively participate in trustee meetings
  • Analytical skills to examine proposals and their financial consequences
  • To lead the finance sub-group meetings, virtually or face to face, in advance of Board meetings
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.
  • Able to build strong relationships and champion Shiloh
  • A team player, respecting different views and able to work with Board colleagues and management

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to the organisation’s vision and values
  • Good listener, open to others’ views and welcomes feedback on own contribution.
  • A problem-solving ‘can-do’ approach
  • A willingness to uphold the principles of public service: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; leadership