Honorary Treasurer

Help us build a fairer justice system for children and mentally vulnerable adults

We have been working for 25 years to ensure children and mentally vulnerable adults are treated fairly in criminal and terrorism investigations.

Having served for six years, our current Treasurer, Dipak Kothari is about to reach his term limit. We are therefore seeking a new Honorary Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees.

Children, and people with mental illness, learning disability, autism and other needs, are disadvantaged by significant barriers. This can lead to failed prosecutions and miscarriages of justice. Appropriate adults (AAs) provide support in police custody and voluntary interviews to ensure vulnerable suspects are participating effectively, treated fairly, and able to exercise their rights.

NAAN is the national centre of expertise on the AA role, providing leadership and support for local AA schemes. We are a national charity with a membership of over 90 organisations, most of which provide local AA schemes. We offer a community of practice, provide public information and inform policy. We develop standards; provide advice, training and qualifications; conduct and support research; advise commissioners; and represent the sector at a strategic level.  NAAN is a small but well established and respected charity, with plans to grow through both grant and earned income.

The following six-minute video provides a brief introduction to the role of the appropriate adult (AA).

In summary, we are recruiting a new Honorary Treasurer to:

  • Provide strategic and tactical finance and accounting advice to the Board and CEO
  • Take an active role, working with staff on quarterly finance reports and statutory accounts
  • Help us deliver our new strategy, as we focus on increasing impact and sustainability both through fundraising and earned income from advice, events, training and qualifications.

We would very much like to speak to chartered accountants who:

  • Are seeking to share in the leadership of a small, national, high-impact charity that is seeking to grow
  • Have, or are seeking to develop, experience in a non-executive role
  • Are willing to devote around an hour a month (on average, with quarterly and annual focus)
  • Care about children, mental vulnerability, and the integrity of the justice system.


This is unremunerated voluntary role.

Expenses are paid where necessary for travel and subsistence in line with internal policy.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to equality and increasing our diversity. The role is open to all who meet the essential criteria. We actively encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in our organisation and leadership positions in the charity sector, including but not limited to women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and those with lived experience.

For more information

  • Click to download the information pack for this role
  • If you would like arrange an informal conversation, please email our Chief Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register your interest

Please email your CV and a covering letter to our Chief Executive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., setting out: 

  • Why you are interested in joining our team
  • How you feel you can contribute (with reference to the role and who we are looking for as set out in the information pack). 

Please send your CV and letter by the end of Sunday 21st March 2021. 

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