30 Apr
New Vacancy: Treasurer Trustee

New Vacancy: Treasurer Trustee

Join a passionate team and make a difference for the conservation of dragonflies. The British Dragonfly Society is looking for a Treasurer to join the Trustee Board and help contribute to vital work conserving dragonflies and their wetland habitats.

About The British Dragonfly Society

The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was formed in 1983 and is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to the conservation of dragonflies and their wetland habitats.  Currently, we have around 2000 members and a staff team of six. This is a really exciting time to join a growing charity!

We are looking for a Trustee with financial/accounting experience who can initially shadow and work alongside our current Treasurer with a view to taking on the role of BDS Treasurer in November 2024.

The anticipated time commitment would vary each week. Some weeks there would be minimal input, but when reports or budgets were needed, and during the annual audit the input could be several hours a week.


What our Trustees do

Our trustees play a vital role in the running of the BDS, overseeing the overall management and administration of the charity. They also ensure that we have a clear strategy supported by a five-year work plan.

Our trustees have a collective responsibility, acting as a group, and work closely with our staff team, often taking on additional tasks to support staff in the delivery of work.

As a Trustee of the British Dragonfly Society you will contribute to the effective delivery of good governance through active participation in Board discussions and decision making. You will play a key role in the leadership, strategic and operational management of the organisation.

Duties of Treasurer Trustee

  • Overseeing the financial affairs of the Society including managing bank accounts, salaries, the payment of expenses and bills and the cash flow required to sustain operations.
  • Advising BDS staff on financial procedures
  • Ensuring that the Society fulfils its obligations in terms of financial governance and related matters.
  • Participating in and contributing to Trustee meetings (currently held quarterly, 3 x online, 1 in person), in particular advising on financial and related matters
  • Attending Annual Member’s meeting

What we are looking for

We are looking for a person with relevant finance or accounting experience, preferably with experience of the voluntary sector. An interest in wildlife conservation would be a benefit but is not essential.

Personal skills and qualities

  • A strong commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and energy to ensure proper leadership and governance.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to analyse the environment and set and prioritise objectives.
  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement.
  • Ability to participate in complex discussions and take decisions for the good of the organisation.
  • Good communication skills, able to articulate the vision of the organisation and inspire support.
  • Tact and diplomacy and a willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team instilling a sense of shared responsibility.
  • An understanding of the legal responsibilities and liabilities of a trustee.

What we offer

We offer the opportunity for personal development and growth. To work alongside a supportive and progressive team and learn all about dragonfly conservation. You will be able to attend inspiring events and have an impact on the development of a small but growing charity.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Tim Coleshaw (Chair of Trustees) .

Application deadline: Midnight Tuesday 28th May.