Trustee & Honorary Treasurer – call for expressions of interest

Professor Neil Sheerin will step down from the post of Trustee and Honorary Treasurer in September 2019.

“My tenure as the Honorary Treasurer of the Renal Association has been a challenging but very enjoyable and rewarding experience. I have learnt a huge amount during my time as a Trustee, not only about financial matters relating to the Association, but about many aspects of UK nephrology. I have made friends, understood VAT, even if only for a short while, and I hope that I have contributed to ongoing success of the Association.

The Honorary Treasurer takes on the lead role, supported by the Chief Executive and secretariat, for the finance and risk of the RA. This is a key role to ensure that that the RA effectively delivers all of its functions, which are perhaps more numerous and diverse than many in the renal community are aware of. The Treasurer oversees the finances of the RA, the UK Renal Registry, UK Kidney Week®, Patient View and KQuIP. This role provides real insight into how the RA works to support the renal community in the UK.

During my time as Treasurer the RA has undergone several significant and important changes. We now have our own secretariat, responsible for the day to day management of the RA and the UK Renal Registry. There have been changes in the structure of the Association, with the Treasurer taking in the role of Chair of the Finance and Risk committee. These changes have strengthened the Association, but as with any successful organisation, things will continue to evolve and the new Treasurer will have a critical role to play in this process.

Although the Treasurer has a primary responsibility for Finance and Risk, the Treasurer is also part of a team of Trustees and contributes to the overall running of the RA. There are times when the Trustees face challenges, both within their individual roles, but also as a group. I have always received the support of my fellow Trustees and there is a real sense that you are part of a team, working together to deliver the goals of the Association.”

Neil Sheerin Renal Association Honorary Treasurer 2014-19

The Renal Association would like to thank Neil for his commitment and hard work and wish him well. With several months ahead we would like the successful candidate to shadow Neil in his duties until September when they will then take up the position as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Renal Association. This message is to invite expressions of interest from any Renal Association member in taking over this important role. The Role of Treasurer is supported by a highly motivated and effective Trustee Board, Committee Chairs and engaged Membership (see organisational chart). Please refer to the role description for more information.

Equality & Diversity

The RA is committed to creating and sustaining a positive, fair and mutually supportive environment. We accept, respect and value people with diverse identities and backgrounds and believe our differences make us stronger and more effective in achieving our goals. We ensure appointments are made on the basis of merit, and encourage applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.

Appointments process

  • The role is open to any member of the RA in good standing
  • The role is advertised to the membership seeking applications
  • Applications are reviewed, and the role nominated for appointment by a balanced panel in terms of gender, ethnicity, interests and other characteristics including at least two trustees and the President
  • The appointment is ratified by the trustees.

For those considering this position we invite you to informally discuss further with either:
Ron Cullen, CEO
Indranil Dasgupta, Honorary Secretary
Neil Sheerin, Honorary Treasurer

Please direct all formal expressions of interest in writing directly to the Renal Association Secretariat, via email no later than the deadline of Friday 25 January 2019. Candidates are asked to provide a maximum of a 1 side of A4 letter of application and a brief CV.

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