Dear Supporters / Partner churches / Prayer partners,
I trust this finds you well and that you are making the most of the summer.
My reason for writing to you is that our current Treasurer, Peter Embling, who has served the Trust admirably for many years, has advised the Trustees of his intention to step down from his role in the early part of 2022. This is an essential role, which must be filled, and Peter has graciously given us sufficient time to find his successor. Please note that we have support from another person on Treasurer matters but Peter performs the lead function.
To this end I am writing to ask you to consider this need and whether you, or anyone known to you, might feel called to express an interest in this position and serve in this way. Or alternatively, could you suggest anyone who might be interested whom we could approach?
A Job Description for the Role of Treasurer is available here. It details the current functions and responsibilities this entails, and also gives an indication of the time involved in undertaking this work.
The key points are as follows:
1. This role, as is the role of Trustees, is a voluntary, unpaid post.
2. Peter currently estimates he spends 4-6 hours per week on average on Treasurer duties, but there are periods of more intense involvement e.g. preparation of accounts and dealing with the Gift Aid claim.
3. The Treasurer attends the bi-monthly Trustees' meeting (presently by Zoom but hopefully back to physical meetings from September) and gives a financial update report at these meetings.
4. The Trust's finances are currently managed through Sage accounting software and the Treasurer is responsible for the input and processing of data to produce the necessary financial information for Trustees and other parties.
5. The essential qualities for our new Treasurer are: i) a godly Christian character, ii) experience in the use of Sage, or at least the willingness to undergo a training course (which would be paid for by the Trust) and / or training with Peter to acquire such experience, and iii) a working knowledge of accounting procedures. Peter has kindly advised that he is willing to assist as far as is necessary in any handover and is also preparing documentation describing how he performs his role for the benefit of subsequent Treasurers. We recognise that there are other accounting packages available and that people may have experience with these. The Trust would be willing to consider an alternative system if this was appropriate but support and training are readily available if we continue with Sage.
6. Prior to Covid restrictions, Peter went into the BSCWT office at Shenfield School, but since March 2020 he has carried out his function from home and therefore this could persist for the new Treasurer (although we hope to regain full access to the office before the end of the year). Thus the post could be filled by someone who is not necessarily based in Brentwood, although this would be desirable.
Should this position be of interest, please could you e-mail me expressing such to:
If you have any questions regarding this role, I would be happy to try and answer them, or alternatively Peter has indicated that he would be willing to speak to enquirers on more specific items concerning the work he undertakes.
I would ask for submissions of interest, including details of relevant experience, to be made by Tuesday 31st August. Depending on the response we receive, some form of interview process will occur in approx mid September with a view to appointing the new Treasurer in the Autumn term.
I thank you for your existing partnership with the Trust and ask you to join with us in prayer as we seek our next Treasurer so that we can seamlessly continue God's work in the schools of Brentwood.
Chair of Trustees - Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust