Youth Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for the support and delivery of community based youth work. Our vision is to have in Scotland young people who are confident, resilient, aspirational and ready to reach their potential.

Through our network of over 1,000 youth groups and projects, we deliver services which help over 64,000 young people to learn, succeed and make positive contributions to their communities.

We are passionate about young people and believe that youth work changes lives.

With over 80 years of experience, we are innovative and are ambitious for the young people we support.

We champion all those who support young people particularly the role of volunteers in youth work.

Our current Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance & Resource Group, Jan Roxburgh, is stepping down after four years on the Board of Trustees of Youth Scotland. She is leaving behind a financially strong and resilient organisation which is highly respected and recognised for the difference it makes in young people’s lives.

The essential role of Treasurer is to bring financial experience to the Board of Trustees. Any experience of the youth work or third sector, while desirable, is not essential.

The remit of the Treasurer is to:

Chair the Finance and Resource Group

Meet with the Chief Executive on a regular basis (planning and reporting)

Carry out finance functions as required

Ensure compliance with the Auditors and oversee the Investments and Risk Management Policies

We have a committed Board of Trustees ably led by the new Chair, Dona Milne, a consultant in public health and steeped in youth work practice and policy with many years’ experience. The Board is drawn from across the public, private and voluntary sectors and is passionate about the work we do.

We are seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving as Treasurer for an initial three year period from November 2017.

Over the next three years, incorporating the Year of Young People in 2018, we will:

Provide more non-formal learning opportunities for young people to contribute both to their personal self-development and prospects for employment;

Continue to support our paid and voluntary work force throughout Scotland;

Promote the added value of community based youth work directly and in collaboration with numerous partners

Ensure that Youth Scotland continues to be an effective and sustainable organisation within the charitable and youth work sector in Scotland.

This is an exciting voluntary post for someone who is committed to helping support the financial management and sustainability of Youth Scotland. Significant accountancy experience at a senior level in the public, private or voluntary sector would be an advantage as would active involvement in the governance of a charity or voluntary organisation.

For an informal discussion with our Chair, Dona Milne, or with our Chief Executive, please initially contact our Chief Executive, Ian McLaughlan at or on 0131 554 2561.

An application pack will be available on the Youth Scotland website to interested applicants which will provide a comprehensive set of publications on all relevant aspects of our organisation.


The Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Resource Group of Youth Scotland needs to possess a range of skills, attributes and personal characteristics to enable them to effectively lead the Board and organisation. Above all, the Treasurer must demonstrate a commitment to the vision, mission and values of Youth Scotland.


Along with the Chair of the Board of Trustees (other colleagues on the Board, the Chief Executive, Finance Officer and the Executive) the Treasurer provides a key leadership of the organisation helping to maintain proper financial controls, systems and accountability.

The Treasurer along with the Chair and Chief Executive ensures strong and transparent corporate governance on all aspects of finance management of the organisation, upholding the values of Youth Scotland and develops trust, respect and honesty in all its activities.

Ideally, a

pplicants will have been the Treasurer of another charitable organisation or have several years’ senior management experience as an accountant with the ability to demonstrate strong financial skills.


The Treasurer leads by example in being objective in finance decision-making and accountable for such decisions taken by the Board.


applicants will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of effective corporate governance, financial management and the relevant legal responsibilities in the charitable sector.


The Treasurer is also the Chair of the Finance & Resource Group, and in that role provides support and encouragement for Members of the Finance & Resource Group drawing out their particular expertise and knowledge to inform recommendations to, and decisions taken by, the Board.

As part of the Office – Bearers Group, the Treasurer promotes the essential relationships between the Treasurer, the Chair and the Chief Executive always respecting their different roles in the management and leadership of the Charity.


applicants will have a wide-ranging experience of chairing meetings, encouraging discussion and establishing clear decisions from the Finance & Resource Group for future action. Reflecting that fellow Trustees are also volunteers, applicants will be able to demonstrate how to encourage their involvement and their enjoyment of the role they play in helping young people.


Along with the Chair and the Chief Executive, the Treasurer will represent Youth Scotland at strategic finance and investment meetings.

Ideally, applicants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the third sector in Scotland and be able to represent Youth Scotland in finance related meetings with its members, Area Associations, funders, government and the media.


The Treasurer needs to have a passion and clear commitment to the organisation and to the young people it supports. This often means balancing strong corporate governance with lateral thinking in developing and managing effective services and projects.


applicants will be able to demonstrate their finance and business skills in developing projects and how their previous experiences have helped develop opportunities for young people.


The Board of Youth Scotland meets 5 times per year, mostly early Thursday evenings and an annual development day on a Saturday in which the Treasurer plays a key part.

The Treasurer is also the Chair of the Finance & Resource Group which meets two or three weeks prior to the Board. It is expected that the Treasurer and the Chief Executive will discuss and agree the agenda prior to the Board meeting to identify priorities and ensure continuity between meetings.

The Treasurer is also responsible for arranging, in conjunction with the Auditors, the Annual Financial Report at the Youth Scotland AGM in November each year.


The Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Resource Group has the governance oversight for Finance, Investments, Risk, Audit, Property and HR within Youth Scotland.

Youth Scotland

Balfour House

19 Bonnington Grove



T: 0131 554 2561

F: 0131 454 3438