The War Widows’ Association – Co-opted Appointment to the Committee of Trustees (Treasurer)

The War Widows’ Association is a unique organisation,  formed in 1971; it became a registered charity in 1991 and has developed into the United Kingdom’s leading representative organisation for widow(er)s of Armed Forces Personnel where death has been caused by or hastened by service.

The War Widows’ Association is a membership organisation and covers all three services; it accepts as Full members anyone who meets the criteria of war widow/er irrespective of the age, rank, service of the deceased or marital status. The Association also has an Associate membership for anyone who believes in our aims and objects. Many of our Associate members have strong links to the Service Community, either widow/ers of serving personnel or veterans, daughters, granddaughters etc.

The War Widows’ Association was established as a campaigning organisation; however, has developed and in the 21st century is now built on three strong pillars, Campaigning, Caring and Remembering; each supporting the organisation and its members to move forward together. The War Widows’ Association is managed by a Committee of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers. The War Widows’ Association does not have any paid staff or any office premises. Reasonable out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

The War Widows’ Association is not a grant making charity.

Following the retirement of its previous Treasurer, the Committee of Trustees is seeking to appoint a new Treasurer who will in the first instance be co-opted to the role and attend Committee of Trustee meetings.

The Treasurer will maintain the day to day finances of the Association; e.g. payment of expenses, suppliers invoices etc by BACS or cheque; management of bank account; reconciliation of bank account; maintenance of the account record; financial reports for the Committee; preparation of the annual statement for examination/audit; etc. provide financial oversight and guidance to the Chairman and Trustees.  The Treasurer will also have some financial authority delegated from the Committee of Trustees . The ideal candidate would therefore have a strong financial background.

The Committee of Trustees meets four times a year (usually face-to-face, in London) including a Finance Meeting usually in October. In addition the Annual General Meeting is normally held in March/April when the accounts are presented and members have the opportunity to question the Treasurer.

The tenure for this role would be for an initial probationary period of six months following which the appointment, if made, will be reviewed every three years.  The Committee of Trustees would like to appoint someone as soon as possible.

To apply, or to discuss the position in more detail, please contact Mary Moreland, Chair of the Committee of Trustees at


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