The Treasurer occupies a crucial role in CAN. The Treasurer is directly elected by members at the AGM and is a member of the CAN board. 

The Treasurer's job is central to CAN's operation.


  • Providing leadership and vision for CAN's ongoing viability and growth, including expansion of our membership base and fundraising
  • Setting year-on-year budgets for CAN
  • Receiving and reviewing quarterly reports from the Executive Team
  • Advising both Board and Executive on issues of finance, budgets and tax

Duties of all Board Members

  • Attend 4 quarterly 1/2 day-1 day CAN Board meetings, including the CAN-Do and AGM, in one of the five main cities
  • Commit to 3 year cycle as Board Member to retain knowledge and build on the CAN Vision
  • Provide overall direction and management for CAN
  • Ensure 1,3,5 year strategic and business plans are in place and monitored e.g set KPIs
  • Ensure realistic goals are set for CAN and that these goals are met
  • Ensure CAN complies with company law and other relevant legislation
  • With the other Board members, monitor CAN’s financial performance and make sure the Network remains profitable; Manage financial, legal and other risks to CAN
  • Be familiar with CAN’s policies and procedures and ensure they are followed
  • Consult with management staff on issues
  • Provide leadership and motivation for employees, volunteers and members
  • Act as a bridge between CAN including its groups and members and the outside world
  • Represent the organisation at conferences and official occasions

Additional duties specific to Treasurer

  • Ensuring that CAN's finances are managed appropriately and responsibly
  • Making recommendations to the Board about income and expenditure, investments and debts
  • Keeping records of all incoming and outgoing payments
  • Reviewing the annual statement of financial performance (profit and loss) and statement of financial position (balance sheet)
  • Ensuring that the annual audit process is undertaken in a timely fashion according to legal requirements
  • Providing regular financial statements to the governing body and providing explanations where required
  • Drawing up the annual budget in consultation with staff and other governing body members
  • Ensuring that sufficient funds are available at all times to support CAN’s liabilities.
  • Operating CAN's Xero account
  • Presenting CAN's financial report and budget to annual AGM
  • Ensure accounts are prepared for auditing

Desired qualities and experience

  • Commitment to CAN's values and vision
  • Not for Profit experience
  • A commercial perspective and experience of balancing tight budgets
  • Abilities and connections that will be helpful to the CAN Board
  • An understanding of good governance and leadership
  • Ideally, knowledge + experience in one or all of the following: fundraising, lobbying, marketing, communication, relationship management
  • Good IT and communication skills


  • CAN membership
  • Member groups of the Network
  • Funders
  • Tax and fiscal responsibility bodies: Revenue; Charities Service; Companies Office

Support/working relationships

  • Other Board members
  • Executive Team especially any appointed financial manager on Team
  • The Accounting function is included in the Financial Administrator's role in CAN, however, there may be opportunities for some of the administrative work (e.g. receive/process expenses/payments) to be undertaken by CAN staff or other volunteers.

Time commitment

  • Varies during the year, but might average 3-6 hours per week.


  • Working with a great bunch of people in an area of social change
  • Gaining varied and challenging experience at a leadership level with a dynamic non-profit organisation
  • Normal expenses, a per diem when travelling, and a consideration for annual communications and other costs is payable

Here's a diagram of CAN's Structure 2018


CAN Structure Diagram

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