Become a Tourism Concern Trustee

massaiTourism Concern is seeking applications for a new Trustee to take on the role of Treasurer,  who has the experience, enthusiasm and commitment to move the charity finances forward and build on the good work achieved so far.

In addition to the ongoing campaigns, information and research, the charity has increased membership, re designed the website and launched an online version of the Ethical Travel Guide this year, despite the difficult economic times. Our current Trustees, who have worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to ensure that the charity is now in a solid position to develop further, now believe this is a good time to bring the board up to the full complement of trustees.

As a Trustee you will need to be a Member of Tourism Concern. Recruitment is via application / interview and new trustees will be co-opted until the appointment is put forward for ratification by members at the AGM.

If you are interested and would like further information please complete the online application from and the Chair will contact you to discuss further.

Apply to be a Trustee


  • To govern Tourism Concern in line with its charitable objectives and to maintain oversight of the organisations financial affairs on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
  • To provide guidance to the Board of Trustees and Executive Director on financial stewardship of the organisation in line with the strategic aims.

General responsibilities

  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To advise the Board of the financial stability and level of effective and efficient administration of the organisation.

Responsibilities as Treasurer

  • To oversee Tourism Concern’s compliance with the legal and financial requirements required of a company limited by guarantee budgets and accounts before these are presented to the Board of Trustees.
  • To be a sounding board for the Executive Director and to work in partnership with the Executive to look at organisational budgets and accounts before these are presented to the Board of Trustees.
  • To draw any major financial concerns to the attention of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director
  • To propose and monitor the reserves and risk management policies.
  • To propose and monitor the investment policy in line with Tourism Concern’s Ethical Policy
  • To meet with the external auditor without the Executive Director at least once annually, if required.
  • To present the accounts to the Annual General Meeting and draw attention to the important points.


  • The Treasurer will be selected in line with Tourism Concern Trustee selection practices and will normally hold office for a term of three years. Usually a maximum of two terms can be served.
  • Time served as a Trustee prior to becoming Treasurer does not count towards the term limit for Treasurer.
  • Appropriate checks on the probity of the Treasurer will be undertaken by the Chair before he or she takes up office.
  • The Treasurer is required to declare to the Board of Trustees immediately any links with the auditors, suppliers, contractors, staff or any other body that has dealings with Tourism Concern.
  • The Treasurer is accountable to the Board of Trustees.


The following qualities and skills are sought in Tourism Concern’s Trustees. Overall a willingness to work together as part of a Board committed to helping Tourism Concern achieve its aims is critical.

  • Committed to Tourism Concern’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this. Able to communicate this enthusiasm to others.
  • A good understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities and responsibilities of trustees and clear on the difference between governance functions and management functions. Previous Board experience is desirable.
  • Able to work well as part of a diverse team of trustees.
  • Strong environmental and strategic awareness and experience of high level strategy development.
  • A good communicator with excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, able to both empower and challenge supportively.
  • Well networked and willing to engage with contacts and/or fulfil an ambassadorial role for the benefit of Tourism Concern.
  • An understanding of the context in which Tourism Concern works (and a willingness to learn more) with an interest in international affairs.

Treasurer specific

  • Professional background in accountancy or financial management
  • Experience of financial management in a similar organisation at senior level
  • Prepared to make difficult and demanding recommendations to the Board
  • Experience of risk management – preferably in a not for profit organisation
  • Understanding of financial and cash management
  • Experience of investment and understanding of this in a charity context
  • Experience of management and legal requirements of a UK registered charity
  • Experience of managing contracts and contractual liability
  • Experience of international finance and charity management

Further information on being a Tourism Concern Trustee


Tourism Concern Trustees are normally expected to attend four or five meetings a year. These are usually held in London in the early evening. A strategy away-day is held once a year in London on a weekend.

A set of papers and an agenda is sent out to all Trustees at least five working days before each meeting to allow time for these to be read in advance. Trustees are expected to prepare for and contribute appropriately and effectively to meetings.


Tourism Concern Trustees should bring a fair and open-minded view to all discussions of the board and should ensure that all decisions are made in the organisation’s best interests.

Trustees are expected to foresee and avoid any conflict of interest. Where one arises, a Trustee is expected to declare the interest and if the board requires it, to absent themselves from any discussion or vote taken on the matter. Any transaction under which the Trustee will benefit either directly or indirectly must have proper legal authority.

Confidential information or material (relating to partners, donors, staff, commercial business, etc.) provided for, or discussed at a Board meeting should remain confidential and within the confines of the Board and should not be discussed outside the Trustee body.

Role of a trustee

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Tourism Concern, ensuring it is solvent, well-run and delivering its objects, as detailed in the Constitution. Trustees have ultimate responsibility for what the Tourism Concern does, consistent with 97 (1) of the Charities Act 1993, which states that charity trustees are ‘the persons have the general control and management of the administration of a charity’.

If Trustees act prudently, lawfully and in accordance with their governing document then any liabilities they incur as Trustees can be met out of the charity’s resources. This responsibility applies collectively (jointly and severally). Hence particular care needs to be applied when entering into substantial contracts or financial commitments. Tourism Concern indemnifies its Trustees and officers up to a limit of £2 million against personal liability to third parties arising from acts properly undertaken in the administration of the charity.

The role of the Trustee is to:

  • Ensure that the Charity has a clear vision and a strategy focused on its achievement
  • Ensure that the Charity meets its objects as set out in the Charter and retains its ethos and values
  • Ensure that the Charity complies with its legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that expert advice is taken from members, Campaigns Advisory Group, Executive Director and standing committees before decisions are made.
  • Act as guardians of the Charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, and ensure the financial stability of the organisation

There is more information on the charity commission website.


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