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Non Executive Director & Trustee with Responsibility for Finance

About the role

Spartans Community Football Academy (SCFA) is looking to recruit a new Trustee with responsibility for Finance to join the Board. The Board provides strategic oversight of the charity and works closely with the Chief Executive and the Business Operations Manager in delivery of the charity objectives.

Spartans Community Football Academy was established in 2006 as a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Each Trustee of the charity is a Director and Board Member of the company.

The Scottish government has developed a small area geography to measure deprivation called data zones. Each data zone in Scotland averages about 750 people and North Edinburgh has 36 data zones. 17 of these data zones are in the most deprived 20% for Scotland. Some of the associated issues resulting from multiple deprivation are higher levels of unemployment, lower incomes (over 30% of local children qualify for free school meals) and lower than average educational attainment.

Spartans Community Football Academy is mindful of the challenges facing many young people and their families in the local area and so have been working with the local community and our partners to deliver programmes and initiatives that have a lasting positive social impact in North Edinburgh.

We operate our facilities and community coaching programmes as a social enterprise, reinvesting profits back into the business to support our positive social impact in the community. Our youth and children’s provisions are always free to the young people who attend. This helps remove barriers to participation and the associated stigma of being unable to access leisure and social activities.

The impact of our work has been independently evaluated using SROI on separate occasions, on average for every £1 invested in our project we deliver >£6 of social dividend.

Key Aims & Objectives

The key aims and objectives of The Spartans Community Football Academy are:

  • To provide new opportunities for more people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreational activities.
  • To provide learning and development opportunities for our staff, volunteers and local community.
  • To have a positive impact on social targets such as health improvement, employment and crime reduction.
  • To help strengthen community cohesion by becoming a focal point for a range of community-based activities and programmes.
  • To run a successful social enterprise which provides a platform to deliver on our charitable objectives and provides a social home for our local North Edinburgh community.
  • To broaden and deepen our social impact by spotting and taking opportunities to upscale and do more.

Key Responsibilities 

Together with other Trustees:

  • Ensuring a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and that there is focus on achieving these.
  • Responsible for the performance of SCFA and for its corporate behaviour.
  • Ensuring that SCFA complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Acting as guardian for the assets of SCFA and taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
  • Being aware of the financial risks to the sustainability of the charity, ensuring an appropriate reserves policy.
  • Ensuring that SCFA’s governance is of a high standard.

As the Trustee responsible for Finance:

  • Overseeing the preparation of consolidated annual budgets, quarterly management accounts and presenting financial reports to the Board.
  • Working closely with our audit partners, preparation of the annual statutory financial statements for both SCFA and SCSL and presentation to Board for approval.
  • Supporting the day to day accounting operations activities in an ‘advisory’ capacity and ensuring internal financial controls are maintained to a high standard.
  • Preparation annually of a rolling 3 year financial projection for Board review. Preparation of relevant information to the Remuneration Committee on an annual basis for salary change considerations.
  • Ad hoc support to the wider business, for example;  support external funding applications to various grant organisations, support the relationship with our social lenders, support the relationship with our insurance brokers, etc.
  • Ad hoc support for CEO and his team around detailed financial analysis” and/or include this an example of ad hoc support to the wider business.


For further information or a confidential conversation please contact:

Michael Dickson at

Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 0131 539 7087

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