Jobs & Volunteer Positions

Thames21 is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

We are now recruiting for a Head of Finance and Operations & Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

Head of Finance and Operations.

Salary £42k – £46k p.a. depending on experience. Full Time ,35 hours a week.

Located at: Thames21’s main office at the Guildhall, City of London; frequent home working; occasional attendance at other Thames21 locations in London.

Responsible to:      Chief Executive

Purpose of the job:

We are looking for a qualified accountant with operations experience to provide budgeting and financial services and participate in a busy river environmental charity as part of its Senior Management Team. As an experienced finance professional you will play a crucial role within a charity context with a committed and enthusiastic team. This is an excellent opportunity for you to utilise your skills to make a positive contribution to Thames21’s charitable goals that will include helping recovery from the Pandemic by connecting communities with each other and with the blue/green spaces in their neighbourhood.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Accounts Receivable – Raise invoices in Quickbooks and manage credit control

Purchase Invoices – Code & input invoices; process supplier payments via online banking;

Treasury – Maintain bank reconciliations and cashflow forecasts. Manage bank accounts and be key contact for banking relationship (including foreign currency).

VAT returns – Calculate and submit quarterly partial exemption VAT returns.

Management accounts – Prepare and present monthly I&E reports. Enter journals (payroll, overhead transfers, accruals & prepayments) and maintain balance sheet reconciliations.

Project budgeting – Work closely with project managers to develop budgets and track expenditure against budget. Assist with submitting funding claims.

Statutory accounts – Preparation of annual statutory accounts and management of annual statutory audit.

Budgeting – Preparation of detailed annual budget.

Payroll – Responsibility for payroll processing via outsourced payroll bureau including P11Ds for 2 employees.

Line Management – Build a strong finance and operations team including the existing Office Manager and new roles for a CRM Manager and Finance Manager.

Board Reporting – Provide quarterly reporting/forecasting for and attend Finance Committee & Board Meetings.

You will work closely with the Fundraising Team and Senior Managers to ensure client invoices are correctly timed and despatched through the appropriate route and contact.

Work with the Senior Management Team to ensure direct and indirect project costs are correctly allocated and that Full Cost Recovery calculations are reviewed annually.

You will also review and maintain robust financial processes and propose any systems efficiencies that might be introduced.

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the post at various times and the post-holder will be expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with those in this document

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Please submit your CV and a Cover Letter together with confirmation of your entitlement to work in the UK and any dates to avoid for interview to Debbie Leach CEO e mail  Interviews are to be scheduled throughout this recruitment process. 

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

Salary £34-40,000 depending on experience, hybrid home/office and flexible working. Part-time (0.6-0.8 FTE) considered.

This is an opportunity to join a passionate and committed team in an environmental charity making a real impact in tackling the climate and nature emergency by restoring rivers and working with communities. Thames21 wishes to reflect the diverse communities it serves and encourages applicants from all sections of the community.


The Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Manager will be a passionate advocate for Thames21’s work. The charity is at an exciting point in its development and the post holder will draw on their expertise to deliver ambitious targets to support Thames21’s core function and strategic projects and enable the charity to grow and upscale its impacts.

This is an opportunity for an ambitious fundraiser to develop their career, work closely with senior colleagues and contacts, and research, co-design and deliver imaginative, innovative and impactful bids to support the charity’s growth as outlined in its brand new 5 Year Plan.  You will build on Thames21’s track record of success in winning funding from Trusts and Foundations and develop the charity’s pipeline and cycle to support and sustain its growth. Training and support will be given. This role can be worked flexibly and as a hybrid of home and office working.

What will you be doing?

Working with

This role reports to the Head of Fundraising and will work with:

  • Thames21’s Chief Executive
  • Trustees and other senior advisors
  • Communications Manager
  • Head of Finance
  • Senior Managers, Managers and Project Officers

Trusts and Foundations

  • Research Trust and Foundation funder prospects, draw on Thames21’s existing pipeline and research to identify funders
  • Identify prospects who have links to wider team, CEO, trustees and advisors, network to meet and build relationships with them
  • Co-develop imaginative and compelling proposals and bids for expanding the charity’s core and for major/strategic projects
  • Account manage current funders, ensuring excellent stewardship
  • Achieve ambitious targets for multi-year funding to core and for strategic projects
  • Develop the charity’s funding cycle, identifying and meeting deadlines for applications, updates and reporting, establishing 1, 3 and 5-year funding cycles to strengthen the charity’s sustainability, resilience and ability to plan forward
  • Regularly review pipeline in line with funding requirements, needs and priorities and to monitor progress against targets
  • Co-ordinate and advise on approaches and schedules for colleagues on writing and submitting project bids in a timely way
  • Develop a strong understanding of Thames21’s existing and future areas of work as it expands in order to match prospects’ interests and demonstrate the need for support.

Reporting and Administration

  • Report on targets and progress towards targets
  • Handle administration including agreements, invoicing, reporting, thanking, record-keeping on CRM database ThanQ and relevant platforms
  • Liaise with Head of Finance on budgeting for project bids and financial reporting.

Communications and Stewardship

  • Work with the Communications Manager to communicate around new and major/strategic bids and to ensure stewardship and thanking
  • Work with Head of Fundraising to plan and deliver cultivation and stewardship opportunities and events, creating opportunities to engage funders with work and beneficiaries over the year

What skills and experience will you need?

  • Proven experience of winning major and/or strategic bids from Trusts & Foundations
  • Demonstrable experience in researching, and developing and managing relationships with Trusts & Foundations
  • An understanding of current trends in Trust & Foundation grant giving
  • Demonstrable rapport-building and articulate and persuasive communication skills
  • Experience of working collaboratively to develop imaginative and compelling proposals
  • Experience of liaising with colleagues on project delivery and reporting
  • Excellent record-keeping, financial reporting and stewardship skills and systems
  • Strong IT and written communication skills, proficient use of database
  • Commitment to Thames21’s mission and vision.

What’s on offer?

Thames21 offers:

  • 25 days paid annual leave are available plus public holidays. In addition, the Thames21 office is closed between Christmas and New Year.
  • Thames21 operates a flexitime system of working and this role can be worked as a hybrid at office and home
  • Interest free season ticket loan or bike loan
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Company mobile phone
  • Work Place Pension Scheme

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter telling us why you’re right for the job and why you want to work for Thames21 to Head of Fundraising Alison Archer at by Friday 13 May, stating your current salary, giving names of 2 referees to approach if your application is successful, and telling us whether you are a British citizen OR are an Overseas National with permission to work in the UK, stating what kind of permission you have if the latter.



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