Trustee vacancies

OPAL offers accessible, enjoyable and enabling activities for older people in rural West Cheshire, in order to reduce isolation and loneliness. We have been operating for 13 years and, during that time, have expanded our range of services and gained a reputation as a trusted provider. In 2020 OPAL received a Queen’s Award for Volunteering in recognition of the work our amazing volunteers undertake.

Current Vacancies


We are seeking to recruit a Treasurer to take over the role when the current holder steps down in June after 5 successful years. The Treasurer will monitor the financial matters of the charity and report to the Board of Trustees regarding the financial health of the organisation.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant, ideally with both Management and Financial Accounts experience in a small or medium sized organisation, who has the ability to communicate financial concepts to the other Trustees. They will line manage and be supported by a competent Financial Administrator who will attend to the day-to-day processing using the Xero software package, enabling the Treasurer to be mainly focussed on direction and governance.

In addition to attending 4 Board Meetings and 1 Away Day each year, duties include:

  • Managing and monitoring the day-to-day financial activities of the charity
  • Maintaining financial policies and procedures to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the charity’s finances.
  • Preparing and presenting financial reports, budgets, and forecasts to the board of trustees and other stakeholders, including the Charity Commission.
  • Advising the Board of Trustees on financial matters and risks.
  • Assisting the bid-writing group with applications for funding.
  • Liaising with external auditors, accountants, and banks, as required.

Our financial year runs from 1st April to 31st March.


We have a vacancy for a Lead Trustee for Information Governance. The successful candidate will have relevant management skills and broad Information Governance experience, including data management and data protection. Knowledge of MS365 and website development would be an advantage.

We are a volunteer-led organisation with a small team of enthusiastic and hard-working, part-time, staff. This means Trustees are involved in much of the operational activity, making for a very rewarding experience.

In addition to attending 4 Board Meetings and 1 Away Day each year, duties include:

  • Chairing quarterly Information Assurance Committee meetings.
  • Maintaining Information Governance policies, and training to support them.
  • Ensuring owners of other policies keep them updated, with changes communicated and formally filed.
  • Liaising with OPAL’s IT support (currently Pro-Networks) in relation to current and future requirements.
  • Developing the website, including recommendations to the Board regarding future needs.
  • Advising the Board of Trustees on all Information Governance matters and keeping them aware of any developing issues.

These are opportunities to be part of a passionate and energetic team dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable older people. OPAL has exciting ambitions and you will be involved in shaping and influencing the future direction.

We are committed to promoting diversity and equality and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

If you would like to discuss this role in more details, please email our Chair, Geoff Hope-Terry, at: