Trustee Treasurer

Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

The opportunity:

As a member of the Board of Trustees/Directors to participate fully in the governance of the charity, sharing your skills, knowledge and experience to help develop and deliver the charity’s strategy and achieve the charity’s vision.

All Trustees/Directors are expected to attend Board meetings which take place approximately 4 times a year. Some Trustees/Directors also serve on sub committees and represent the charity at a variety of events.​

We are currently looking for a Treasurer to oversee all our financial and risk matters.  We use an outsourced Accounts Department function to process all our financial requirements.

The Trustee will have:

  • a commitment to the organisation
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • strategic vision
  • willingness to act in the best interests of the charity
  • ability to understand and accept their responsibilities and liabilities as a Trustee
  • a good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • effective communication skills and a willingness to participate actively in discussion
  • tact and diplomacy
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team 


General Responsibilities of a Trustee:

In addition to the responsibilities already outlined each Trustee has the following general responsibilities:

  • ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuing its objectives
  • monitoring whether the charity complies with its governing document
  • commitment to the aims, principles and policies of the charity.  This includes our values, which are: respect, trust, professionalism, compassion and integrity
  • contribute actively to the board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a Trustee
  • be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other Trustees
  • ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • ensure the financial stability of the organisation and to help advise in the proper investment of the organisation's funds
  • to help advise in the management of the property of the organisation 
  • regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in meetings
  • take responsibility for his/her own learning and development
  • maintain confidentiality about any sensitive/confidential information received in the course of duties as a Trustee
  • to attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate
  • to participate in other tasks as they arise from time to time
  • to keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work


In addition to these duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation's work in which the Trustee has special expertise. 

Time Consideration:

  • The Board meets at least 4 times a year, mostly in London, but sometimes in Maidenhead and the Summer meeting is held at our Annual Scientific Conference.  
  • In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary.
  • The time commitment for a Trustee can vary, but is around 1 day per month, on average
  • Additional time will be required to attend quarterly Finance & Risk meetings and to be on hand for advice on an ad hoc basis.

General Responsibilities of a Treasurer:

  • Chairing the Finance & Risk Committee meetings on a quarterly basis in London
  • strategic oversight of the finances, including monitoring the outsourced accounting arrangements
  • being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
  • work with the Trustee responsible for fundraising and ensure appropriate measures are being taken to fund the charity
  • oversight of the risks of the organisation, including the non financial risks such as cyber fraud and reputational risk
  • ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy
  • monitoring the organisations investment activity and ensuring its consistency with the organisations policies and legal responsibilities
  • ​ensuring that we are kept up to date with current regulations

About us:

HEART UK is a registered charity with the Charity Commission (registered charity number 1003904) and as a company limited by guarantee with the Registrar of Companies (registered company number 02631049).  We are governed by our Articles of Association.  HEART UK is an acronym, for Hyperlipidaemia, Education and Atherosclerosis Research Trust UK.

We are legally a membership organisation, our members are our Trustees, Committee/Working Group Members and a small number of other members.  Our members vote on all Trustee appointments.

HEART UK’s Vision

That there are no premature deaths or suffering caused by high cholesterol and/or cardiovascular disease.

To promote the view of ‘knowledge of your number’ so that UK adults know and understand their cholesterol concentration and to take action where appropriate.

To educate the public about other problems of high blood fats and their relationships to cardiovascular disease.

To educate and correctly inform healthcare professionals about the relationships of blood fats and cardiovascular disease.

What we do:

Raised lipid concentrations are a problem in the UK and 6 in 10 adults have raised cholesterol.  More than 200,000 people have a genetically high cholesterol condition called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), which means they are at risk of a heart attack, stroke or sudden death at an earlier age including those in their 20s, 30s or 40s.  More than 90% of FH cases remain unidentified.

We provide expert support, education and influence through:

  • our Cholesterol Helpline;
  • information on our website (www.heartuk.org.uk) and literature;
  • our Ambassador programme, who are a network of volunteers that are our voice in the community
  • our Children and Young People programme providing materials, peer to peer and family support for children and young people
  • education, including our annual scientific conference and patient/community events. 
  • campaign for improved identification and standard of care including activities around the need for a national FH cascade screening service.


Contact for discussion:

Jules Payne
Chief Executive
01628 777046
07920 804905

jp@heartuk.org.uk