Can you help the SRA make sound decisions?

Next year sees the retirement of Nigel Meager, the SRA’s longstanding trustee and Treasurer. So we are looking for a new trustee to continue Nigel’s good work in advising the trustee board.

This is a chance to join a supportive and active group of researchers who are ensuring the SRA makes a positive impact on our sector.

The role of Treasurer does not require accounting knowledge, or a high degree of numeracy. Instead, it calls for logical thinking, an analytical mind, and a willingness to ask questions - in other words, the skills of a researcher!

Nigel will be available through 2022 to help the new Treasurer become familiar with the role. Here’s what he says:

“The SRA is a well-managed and successful charity whose finances are sound. The job of the treasurer is help make sure this situation continues, and to be the voice of the trustees on financial matters. In practice, this means acting as a sounding board and critical friend to the chief executive, asking questions to check that the Association adheres to its financial obligations as a charity and a company, and that it’s managing its finances prudently in the interests of its members and the wider social research community."

"It hasn’t been onerous in its demands on my time, as all the routine financial work is done by the chief executive, with professional accounting support. It’s an important role, but I’ve found it enjoyable, and it has been extremely satisfying to see the SRA go from strength to strength in recent years.”

You can read about our current trustees here

SRA membership is open to all, and our 1400+ members represent many sectors, research methods and approaches. We welcome applications from across the membership.  In addition, so that the trustee body is broadly representative, we would particularly like to hear from members working in central government.

If you’re interested in applying but are not yet a member, you can join here

The board of trustees meets 6 times a year, with video-conferencing, and you’ll be expected to attend these meetings. Board meetings focus largely on strategic rather than operational issues. Trustees are volunteers, whose positions are re-nominated every 2 years, to a maximum of 6 years. We estimate that this role calls for a commitment of around 6 - 7 days per year. Expenses for meetings etc. are reimbursed.

Each trustee uses their knowledge and experience to help the Board reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinising Board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing views and advice. You’ll need to be aware of your legal responsibilities, and the need to act in accordance with Charity Commission guidance, as explained in ‘The essential trustee’

To apply for the role of trustee and Treasurer, please complete this online form. Deadline: Friday 15 July 2022.

The selection will be made by a subgroup of existing trustees, with reference to the criteria in the online application form.

Queries? For an informal chat, please contact the chief executive, Graham Farrant: [email protected]

And if you know someone suitable who may like to apply, please encourage them!