New job for New Year? Use that talent for figures! 

New Year, how about a new job for someone who has a talent for figures? 

An appeal in September’s SWIN for more members to become Independent Financial Examiners (IFEs) brought some positive responses. But as our Federation Treasurer Sheena Landgraf says, you can never have too much of a good thing, and having more examiners to call on would be very welcome. 

So what does a Surrey Independent Financial Examiner do? Perhaps you are a retired bank employee, accountant or are simply good with figures, and would like to be able to give something back to the WI without getting involved in committees, meetings etc. 

All WIs must have their annual financial statements examined by an IFE. In some cases WIs use someone known to them locally who is qualified to perform the examination. However many have to rely on the Federation to provide them with an IFE. And that’s where you, or someone you know, can come in. 

Members of this small, but select, team each examine the financial statements for several WIs to make sure the figures presented to members at the annual meeting are in accordance with the objects of the WI and a correct summary of the transactions in the year. 

As most Surrey WIs have September year ends and November annual meetings, there is a flurry of work in October and early November but not much at any other time of the year. A small fee is paid to examiners for undertaking the work. 

You do not have to be, or have been, a WI Treasurer or even a WI member; you may have a recently retired partner with the right qualifications who could be volunteered…or a friend with time on his or her hands? All you need is a basic understanding of spread- sheets, a reasonable competence with numbers and (essential) an enquiring mind. Training is provided to help you to understand WI rules and objectives, our Treasurers’ Handbook and the spreadsheet. 

Interested, or know someone who might be? Email Sheena at — she will be delighted to hear from you. 

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