The Sea Watch Foundation, a charity concerned with the protection of whales and dolphins, is seeking a treasurer trustee to complement the skill set of its Board of Trustees.
About the Sea Watch Foundation:
The Sea Watch Foundation, founded in 1991, is one of Europe’s pre-eminent charities concerned with the protection of whales and dolphins. The organisation comprises a small team of full and part time employees, backed up by volunteers.
Sea Watch’s vision
Sea Watch’s overall aim is:
“To protect whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats they face, and by the regular production of material to educate, inform, and advise for better environmental protection”.
Sea Watch works to this aim by:
- Monitoring the UK’s whale and dolphin population
Through a network of volunteers, Sea Watch collates and monitors sightings of whales and dolphins. Sea Watch organises the UK’s annual National Whale and Dolphin Watch. Sea Watch’s databases hold the most comprehensive information that exists on whale and dolphin distribution in UK waters.
- Research projects
Sea Watch carries out specific studies on particular species and regional conservation problems.
- Public education
Through publications, the production of a regular newssheet, a web site, social media and the production of other resource material, Sea Watch works to raise public awareness on the status of whales and dolphins and current conservation issues.
Sea Watch contributes to scientific and academic journals, popular magazines, workshops, conferences and other events in both the UK and internationally.
- Informing policy making
Sea Watch’s staff provide international bodies (European Commission, UNEP/ASCOBANS, ICES, OSPAR) and national government (through Defra, DECC) and its statutory agencies (JNCC, NRW, NE, and SNH) with specialised information and expert opinion on whales and dolphins.
This a voluntary role and the Treasurer, who will also be a trustee, will oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with legal requirements, good practice and in accordance with the Charity’s governing document and report to the board of trustees, periodically, about the financial health of the organisation. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are maintained and that they are appropriate for the charity.
Specifically, the treasurer will take the lead at board level on:
making sure the charity keeps proper accounts
reviewing the charity’s financial performance
drawing up or reviewing policies for finance and investment
ensuring that the charity has robust and effective financial controls in place
liaising with the charity’s independent accountant
The majority of the work of the Board of Trustees is done in a virtual sense, through use of telephone and e-mail. The Board of Trustees meet 3 times a year, once in April/May at New Quay, Wales and twice at locations in the UK agreed by the trustees.
For further information about the position please contact:
Robin Petch on
Tel: 01482 634028; 0776 859 2306