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Finance/Accounting Trustee

The Organisation:

Sightsavers is an international organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change. Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to, treating eye conditions such as cataracts and tackle debilitating diseases, many of which cause sight loss. We also advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and help to strengthen national health systems so they are sustainable.

The Role:

Sightsavers are seeking an individual with proven knowledge in financial management and accountancy.


Charities Regulator’s General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee

  • Comply with the Charity’s governing document
  • Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
  • Acting independently and in the best interest of the charity
  • Act with Reasonable Care and Skill
  • Manage the assets of your charity

By being a trustee of Sightsavers your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Providing input to the strategic direction of the organisation and contributing with insight, oversight, and experience at board meetings and any additional commitments
  • Provide appropriate governance and oversight of the organisation and its activities
  • Ensure the charity maintains compliance with the Charities Regulators Governance Code
  • Prepare for and attend board and sub-committee meetings

As our Finance Trustee, responsibilities will include the following:

  • To sit on the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
  • Provide the board with expertise on finance matters under consideration
  • Ensure appropriate systems and processes are in place to safeguard the management of the organisations assets
  • Have an overview of the finances to advise the Board on financial implications of proposals, cash flow problems etc.
  • To have a deep insight into all Financial policies and controls and propose any recommendations for change.
  • Act as a sounding board to the senior management of the organisation on issues relating to finance

Desired Skills/Qualities required for this role:

  • The candidate must be a qualified Accountant, ACA or CIMA qualified, ideally with at least 5 years senior management experience.
  • A background or experience in governance is highly desirable
  • A commitment to the highest standards of governance
  • Experience serving on not-for-profit Board of Directors or sub-committees
  • An understanding of and commitment to our mission and values


Board Meetings:

There will be 5 board meetings and 2 financial and audit committee meetings a year. Meetings are currently held remotely via Zoom, however the aim will be to hold at least one board meeting in-person/hybrid. Meetings are scheduled from 12:00–14:00 and last approx 2 hrs.

Finance/Accounting Trustee

Published on 24.05.2023

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