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Become a trustee

As an independent charity, Citizens Advice Peterborough (CAP) is overseen by its own board of trustees. The board is collectively responsible for the governance of the charity, including setting an overall vision; this can broadly be defined as:

  • holding staff accountable, and being ultimately accountable for the activities of the service
  • providing leadership to all in the charity
  • developing policy
  • strategic oversight

The board is responsible for maintaining a high-level overview of the charity and its place in the community, and using that to make long-term decisions about strategic direction and values, and to safeguard the good name and ethos of the charity and the Citizens Advice service. As the governing body, it has overall responsibility for the management of the charity.

The board delegates the operational management of the service to the chief executive officer, making sure it runs smoothly and effectively, and delivers the service agreed with the board. This essentially means that the board gives the chief officer duties and powers to represent them, and to manage the service on their behalf. The most recent Annual Report and Audited Accounts provide a useful overview of what CAP has achieved in recent years.

We are looking to recruit new members to join the board of trustees to enhance its breadth of experience and diversity. In particular, we are keen to hear from you if you have skills and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: training and development, fundraising, health and safety or human resources.

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What's involved in becoming a trustee

Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons - from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to acquiring new experiences and contacts. It’s also likely to be demanding of your time, skills, knowledge and abilities.

Find out more about what's involved in our trustee information pack.

Reach Volunteering has also created a useful information guide about becoming a trustee. Being aware of the duties and responsibilities will help you carry out your role in a way that not only serves the charity well but also gives you confidence that you will be complying with key requirements of the law. The Charity Commission has produced a detailed guide to the duties and responsibilities of all charity trustees and a charity trustee welcome pack.

Apply to become a trustee

We are seeking a new trustee to take on the role of Treasurer for our local advice service. The person we are seeking will become a pro-active member of our board of trustees and a director of the company.

The role of Treasurer with CAP is to work in close co-operation with, and provide support and advice to our finance lead and wider management team. The successful candidate will guide and advise the board of trustees on all matters relating to the financial administration of CAP. This will include the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial policy framework.

The Treasurer will undertake such specific tasks as chairing our Finance and General Purpose subcommittee meetings, and provide an oversight of our monthly management accounts (prepared by the Finance Lead) and of our annual accounts, which are independently audited.

The person we are seeking is likely to have previous experience of the finance function in a commercial or third sector organisation. Knowledge and experience in community and/or advice issues would be an advantage, however is not essential.

CAP trustees are all volunteers. However, we are able to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.

To find out more, or to register your interest in applying for this role, please email us at volunteering@peterboroughcab.org.uk