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MS Therapy Centre Lothian are looking for a Treasurer - Edinburgh

Non-for-Profit Sector - Finance Executive/Management
Ref: 2851 Date Posted: Thursday 14 Mar 2019
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Objective of Role of Treasurer 

The Treasurer will oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with good practice, in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements. The Treasurer will report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation and ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place to protect the assets and reputation of the Charity. 

Information on Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre-Lothian 

The MS Therapy Centre Lothian is a locally-based, grassroots charity that has been providing support for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across the Lothians, the Borders and south Fife since 1984. In 2013 our remit was extended to provide therapies for anyone living with a long-term condition. The Centre now delivers co-ordinated, holistic and person–centred support services assisting people to self-manage making informed decisions about their lives. Registered with OSCR SC014991. 

We now need help to re-brand and establish a clear identity for the Service 

Currently we are based at 40c Swanfield, Leith, EH6 5RX. The therapies we provide include: Oxygen Treatment, Physiotherapy, Reflexology, Yoga, Pilates, Aromatherapy and Massage. Our Centre also provides a warm and friendly environment where our clients can meet up, relax, chat, share their experiences, and provide peer support. In 2017 we provided 9,147 treatments from 2,000sq ft. 

We now need to re-locate to larger premises 

The main therapy provided by the Centre is oxygen treatment. There is strong evidence of benefit for conditions such as IBS, fibromyalgia, ME, Parkinson’s for general wound healing and repair of damaged bones or tissue. The evidence to support oxygen in the treatment of MS is scant, however, the service level has been maintained by a group of loyal users some of whom have been attending weekly sessions of over 30 years. 

We now need to establish a communications strategy to involve existing and future users, potential funders and key stakeholders in the next phase of our development. At this time of change the Trustees of the Charity are seeking to bring fresh energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the Board. 

Treasurer Trustee Role Description



Time Commitment 

Reporting to 

Applications or informal chat 

The role of Treasurer is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although all reasonable expenses incurred in pursuit of the voluntary role may be reimbursed. 

40C Swanfield, Bonnington Road, Leith EDINBURGH EH6 5RX 

6 Board meetings per year 

Board of Trustees 




Main Duties 

  • Liaising with the chief finance officer and finance administrator about financial matters 
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place 
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans 
  • Attending and working closely with the audit and finance committee 
  • Liaising with the charity’s auditors where appropriate 
  • Liaising with the internal audit service where appropriate 
  • Liaising with the Chair, chief finance officer and finance administrator to ensure that the charities annual accounts are compliant with the current Charities SORP 
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities 
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation 
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way 
  • Sitting on appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required 

Principal Responsibilities  

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts, financial statements and financial reports to the Board of Trustees after discussion with the Chair 
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs and are within the charity’s objects 
  • Being instrumental in the development and implementation of appropriate financial practice 
  • Being instrumental in the development and implementation of appropriate reserves and investment policies 
  • Being instrumental in the development and implementation of appropriate audit and risk policies 

General Responsibilities  

  • Maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs 
  • Ensure financial stability, viability and sound governance of the organisation 
  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations 
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document 
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources in pursuance of the charity’s objects 
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving strategic direction to the organisation setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluating performance against agreed targets. 
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation 
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation 
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds 

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Board member/Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board reach sound decisions. This may involve: 

  • Scrutinising board papers 
  • Leading discussions 
  • Focusing on key issues 
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives 
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise 


Trustee person specification 

  • Commitment to the organisation 
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort 
  • Strategic vision 
  • Good, independent judgment 
  • Ability to think creatively and willingness to speak their mind 
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team 
  • Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership 

If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity or would like to apply then please contact with Janice Thomson Chair of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian by emailing