Finance Director


We’re looking for an experienced and committed Finance Director to assist in our financial affairs on a voluntary basis. Knowledge of the community energy sector would be advantageous, but not essential. We would expect the post to require a commitment of 4-5 hours a month.


  • Maintain an overview of the organisation’s finances, ensuring that the organisation is operating within its means and within legal frameworks
  • Advise on the financial implications of strategic plans, and provide assurance to the board that there are adequate resources to meet the organisation’s present and future needs
  • Support the development of the organisation’s financial strategy
  • Ensure that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and regulatory bodies and scrutinised in the manner required and any recommendations implemented
  • Approve payments to creditors
  • Present the accounts at the AGM
  • Participate in operational matters from time to time.
  • Attend monthly board meetings (Tuesday evening 7-9pm, in Totnes, almost every month)

Person specification

  • Some experience of not-for-profit or voluntary sector accounts
  • Financial qualifications and experience
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and guidance
  • An understanding of the legal duties and responsibilities of a Finance Director
  • A commitment to and willingness to work in accordance with our principles and values
  • Independent thinker, good judgement and analytical skills
  • Openness and enthusiasm for working digitally
  • Ability to ‘translate’ financial information into accessible language.

As a local sustainable community energy company we have a portfolio of renewable energy projects stretching from Plymouth to Exeter, our most recent project being Totnes Weir. We’ve launched 3 successful community share offers and have over 550 members. In 2015, TRESOC was awarded RegenSW’s ‘South West Green Energy Award for the Best Community Initiative’ for the Shine Project. Working with South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDRHA), Tresoc installed solar pv on 42 properties, which means cheaper fuel bills and great energy independence for residents.

We are currently developing 300 kW of new solar projects, a 100kW hydro electric power plant at Staverton Leat and a 130kW Anaerobic Digester at Old Parsonage Farm Dartington. In 2017 we received two RCEF grants for £19k & £18K to progress the Hydro and AD projects and are working in close partnership with the Dartington Estate. In 2018 Tresoc was awarded a £10k grant by the Co-ops share booster programme to enable the society to move to a permanently open share offer. This is an innovation supported by Co-ops UK to strengthen community shares. The open share-offer is currently under preparation and is set to launch in June 2019. Tresoc also runs the Renewable Energy Experiential Learning (REEL) programme, a free education programme for local primary schools.

To apply

Please email your interest by closing date 4th June 2019 to