Volunteers Wanted

Introduction

 

We desperately need financial and operational support to help us realise the Transparency Task Force's enormous potential as a force for good in financial services, right around the world. 

 

Whilst some individuals are well-placed to provide financial support, others are better placed to provide operational support, working as a volunteer. 

 

The purpose of this web page is to set out the volunteering vacancies we have available for those that are looking to support a cause that we believe to be both necessary and noble. 

 

If you can give us just 1 hour of your time per month, or more, please get in touch and we will find a role that suits you and enables you to play to your strengths.

 

Please take time to glance through the list of possibilities below but don’t worry if there isn’t an opportunity that appeals – we’ll create one for you.

 

All you need is to share our sense of purpose about the need for finance reform and 1 hour per month, or more.

 

Furthermore, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. 

 

Please contact andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org

 

As you will see we have a long list of vacancies. 

 

They are listed in this order:

 

Vacancies Relating to Head-office Support

 

Vacancies Relating to Funding

 

Vacancies Relating to Marketing

 

Vacancies Relating to Project Management

 

Vacancies Relating to Liaison Roles

 

Vacancies Relating to our Ambassadors

 

Vacancies Relating to our SIGs

 

Vacancies Relating to our Chapters

 

Vacancies Relating to Recruitment

 

Vacancies Relating to Anything Else

Vacancies Relating to Head-office Support

Secretarial and Administrative

 

We have a huge need for secretarial and administrative support. This can be at our little office in waterlooville, Hampshire UK; or remotely from anywhere in the world. 

 

Can you give s 1 hour of your time per month?

Strategic, Business, Financial and Operational Planning

 

We already have a great deal on the go and we anticipate a significant increase in our depth and breadth of activities in the months and years ahead. 

 

All of that is going to require strategic, business, financial and operational planning. 

 

If planning is a strength of yours, please step forward…

Coaching, Training and Mentoring

 

We understand and fully appreciate the value of coaching, training and mentoring.

 

Every one of our small team would greatly appreciate coaching, training and mentoring.

 

Could you help?

General Counsel; Legal Advice and Guidance

 

From time to time we may need to liaise with a legal professional. 

 

If you may wish to support us through pro bono input, we’d love to hear from you.

Vacancies Relating to Funding

Funding

 

We are desperate for funds to help stabilise TTF's financial position and to help us grow.

 

The bigger we are, the more we can do; and the more we can do, the greater the impact we will have.

 

Can you help in relation to any of these areas?

  • An annual Fundraising and Awards Evening
  • Crowdfunding
  • Grant Applications
  • Funding Submissions
  • Securing Sponsorship
  • Securing Donations
  • Developing a Subscription Model

Vacancies Relating to Marketing

Marketing Manager(s)

 

The Transparency Task Force already carries out a great deal of marketing-related activity, but we anticipate that our levels of marketing activity are going to increase significantly in the months and years ahead as we grow. 

 

We seek one or more Marketing Managers who can help to put in place an effective marketing strategy that embraces all our marketing activities.

 

Without doubt there is ample scope to significantly up our game when it cmes to marketing.

 

Could you help?

Events Manager

 

We run many events; they are a very important part of our activity and outreach.

 

Can you help with one or more of these aspects of event management?

  • Event planning
  • Venue sourcing
  • Event optimisation
  • Event write-up
  • Event photography and videoing
  • Event live streaming

Note-takers and writers

 

We would like volunteers to take notes at meetings and write them up. 

 

Our meetings include:

  • Symposia
  • Advisory Board meetings
  • Chapter Meetings (upcoming from 2020)

Media Manager

 

We have already enjoyed extensive media coverage - we have been on the front page of the Financial Times, on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours and Moneybox; and even in a special programme entitled "The Transparency Detectives" produced by BBC presenter Lesley Curwen who won an award for the programme. 

 

We are known by dozens of media professionals, including many outside the UK and as a consequence our comments frequently appear in the trade and national press.

 

Our media coverage is growing all the time, but how much better could we be of we had a Media Manager?

PR Manager

 

If PR is your thing and you can volunteer just 1 hour or more per month, please get in touch. 

Digital Marketing and Social Media

 

Digital Marketing and Social Media are incredibly important aspects of TTF's operational activity and there are many exciting possibilities for us to harness the awesome power of the full range of online channels to carry TTF’s important message far and wide.

 

Siva Shankar of FTSE 250 has been doing an amazing job for us recently, on a voluntary basis, to develop and implement an effective LinkedIn strategy. 

 

We are hoping to enlist more of exactly the same type of support that Siva has been kindly providing.

 

If you have digital marketing expertise and just 1 hour per month or more, we can definitely find a very useful role for you within the TTF volunteer community.

 

We are particularly keen to recruit volunteers that have knowledge and experience of:

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube TV Channel
  • Podcasts
  • Blogging
  • Digital newsletters
  • Digital magazines
  • Email marketing

...but we would be delighted to delve into anything digital; so, if there is anything you can do for us in the digital world that isn't listed above please get in touch. 

Website Design and Optimisation

 

Our long-term objective is to have a world-class website and we are obviously a long way away from that.

 

If you can help us with any of the following please get in touch:

  • Website design
  • Copywriting for Web
  • Search Engine Optimisation
  • Graphic design

Furthermore, we need volunteers to help us migrate copy from our current website to a new one that s being built - this amounts to relatively straightforward copy/pasting. 

Communications and Copywriting

 

We have a vast need for support in relation to communications and copywriting. 

 

If that's a strength of yours, please let us know. 

Research

 

We have many volunteer vacancies for people that are happy to surf the net to build databases

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month; more if you are willing. 

 

Projects include:

  • Building a database of philanthropists around the world that might want to provide financial support to the TTF
  • Building a database of grant-giving organisations and charitable foundations around the world that might want to provide financial support to the TTF
  • Building a database of politicians around the world that might want to know about TTF's aims and activities
  • Building a database of financial regulators around the world that might want to know about TTF's aims and objectives
  • Building a database of academics involved with courses to do with finance, ethics and corporate governance, right around the world

Market Research Managers

 

Given the large and ever-growing size of our community, and it’s very eclectic mix, the TTF is well-placed to carry out valuable market research.

 

If you have Market Research expertise and might want to help us, please get in touch. 

Vacancies Relating to Project Management

Project Managers

 

We have many projects underway or on the drawing board ready to be launched. Each one requires a Project Manager to help lead the initiative.

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month, more if you are willing. 

  • Project Management Oversight and Reporting
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Pension Scams
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Stability
  • Consumer Outreach
  • Annual Awards Evening
  • Consultation Responses
  • The 1,000 VIPs initiative
  • The Kitemark initiative
  • The Financial Consumers Bill of Rights initiative - We have a very exciting project underway to do with developing a Financial Consumers Bill of Rights. The project is being led by Stefan Pagacik (of AI 4 Impact, in Boston) and Ian Park (of Mapps Video, in Zurich)

Furthermore, if there is a project you believe we should be running that isn't listed above let s know and we'll gladly discuss making it a reality.

 

Please note that our Project Managers do not always need to be based in the UK. 

Vacancies Relating to Liaison Roles

Industry Liaison Manager(s)

 

We are looking to have many individuals liaising with many parts of the financial services ecosystem and require one or more individuals to help oversee, organise and coordinate their efforts. 

Regulatory Liaison

 

We have many Regulatory Liaison volunteer vacancies. Your role would be to manage TTF's relationship with financial regulators in your country.

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month, more if you are willing. 

 

For the UK, we are seeking individuals keen to help manage our relationship with:

 

  • The Financial Conduct Authority
  • The Competition & Markets Authority
  • The Financial Reporting Council
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • The Bank of England
  • The Prudential Regulatory Authority

 

We also require individuals to help manage our relationship with the financial regulators in all the countries in which we have activity – there are many!

Parliamentary Liaison

 

We have many Parliamentary Liaison volunteer vacancies. Your role would be to manage TTF's relationship with key parliamentarians.

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month, more if you are willing. 

 

For the UK, we are seeking individuals keen to help manage our relationship with Parliamentarians in every political party plus members of the House of Lords.

 

We also require individuals to help manage our relationship with the politicians in all the countries in which we have activity – there are many!

CSR and ESG Liaison

 

Given that having a fair, efficient and effective financial services sector is profoundly important to the well-being of society as a whole there is an opportunity for commercial organisations to support and work collaboratively with the Transparency Task Force as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment, Social and Governance programmes.

 

As a consequence, we require volunteers to be our liaison with the heads of CSR and ESG at commercial organisations, particularly the large, household-name financial firms.

 

This opportunity will be particularly appealing to individuals with a passion for CSR and ESG who want to actively engage with CSR and ESG professionals in large corporates, with a view to actively improving the way society is served by the Financial Services sector. 

 

As with all our volunteer vacancies, if you have just one hour or more per month to give please get in touch!

Charitable Foundations, Benevolent Organisations and Philanthropists Liaison

 

We have many Charitable Foundations, Benevolent Organisations and Philanthropists Liaison volunteer vacancies.

 

Your role would be to manage TTF's relationship with key organisations and individuals.

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month, more if you are willing. 

 

These vacancies are open to individuals right around the world.

Trade Bodies and Professional Associations Liaison

 

We have many Trade Body and Professional Association Liaison volunteer vacancies. Your role would be to manage TTF's relationship with key Trade Bodies and Professional Associations.

 

You can provide help from just one hour per month, more if you are willing. 

 

For the UK, we are seeking individuals keen to help manage our relationship with:

 

  • PLSA
  • PMI
  • PFS
  • ICAEW
  • ACCA
  • AAT
  • IA

...and many more.

 

We also require individuals to help manage our relationship with the Trade Bodies and Professional Associations in all the countries in which we have activity – there are many!

Campaign and Advocacy Group Liaison

 

There are many excellent campaign and advocacy groups around the world doing amazing work. It is important that we foster good, collaborative working relationships with all the campaign and advocacy groups that operate in areas in which we have an interest. 

 

We therefore require several individuals in each country to act as a liaison between us and the relevent organisations. 

 

Cold you help?

Vacancies Relating to our Ambassadors

Ambassadors

 

We already have an international network of over 100 Ambassadors; but are always looking for more. 

 

Our Ambassadors are highly credible individuals that are particularly well aligned to the TTF's aims and objectives - they are people that feel as strongly as we do that the finance sector is in need for reform.

 

If you or would like to be considered as an Ambassador of the Transparency Task Force (or would like to nominate somebody else) please get in touch. 

 

To see our existing network of Ambassadors, click here.

Vacancies Relating to our SIGs

Special Interest Group Leaders

 

We have 22 Special Interest Groups and each one requires leaders - we wish to have at least 4 leaders in each SIG.

 

Working as a team, the SIG’s leaders will help to determine:

  • The strategic direction of the SIG
  • The SIG’s campaign objectives; plus, the strategies and tactics to achieve those objectives
  • The theme, content, venue and speakers for the symposia we organise relating to the SIG
  • The agenda for our quarterly SIG calls

You can read about our SIGs by clicking here.

Special Interest Group Outreach Managers

 

It is important that people who may be interested in joining our Special Interest Groups get to know about them. 

 

As such, we need Special Interest Group Outreach Managers to raise awareness of the SIG amongst its target audience. 

 

For example, we want to grow our Pensions Special Interest Group and we therefore want people that have a very good understanding of the pensions market to reach out to raise awareness of the Pensions SIG. 

 

The same applies to all of our SIGs; you can see a list of all of them by clicking here.

Vacancies Relating to our Chapters

Chapter Leaders

 

We are creating an international network of TTF Chapters.

 

Our long-term vision is that every major City in the world will have a TTF Chapter. 

 

However, we will initially be focusing on the Cities in which we already have activity or are planning to have activity in the short or medium term.

 

The following Cities are of particular interest; those marked with an * are where we will have run at least one meeting during 2019

 

UK:

 

London*

Bristol

Manchester

Liverpool

Leeds

Newcastle

Edinburgh

Glasgow

 

Europe:

 

Dublin*

Amsterdam*

Zurich*

Brussels*

Paris

Frankfurt

Geneva

 

North America:

Washington DC*

Boston*

New York*

Chicago

Los Angeles

San Francisco

Toronto

Montreal

 

APAC:

Sydney*

Melbourne*

Hong Kong*

Singapore*

Tokyo

 

Each Chapter will run just 4 networking meetings per year; starting at 18:00 and ending at 20:00 and held on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. The Chapters will operate to a well-structured and formally agreed format. 

 

There will be a team of 8 Chapter Leaders per Chapter, operating as 4 Pairs, so the workload will be shared as a team effort; being a Chapter Leader will not be an onerous role. 

 

The development of our international network of Chapters is a very exciting part of our planning to scale up the reach, presence and impact of the TTF and we already have several first-class Chapter Leaders stepping up to the plate.

 

If the idea of becoming a Chapter Leader might be of interest to you or somebody you know, please make contact through andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org

Territory Leaders

 

Our international network of Chapters creates a tremendous opportunity to grow and thereby inrease our potential impact as a force for good in financial services..

 

We are mindful that we need to create flexible yet robust governance framework for the Chapters, so they consistently and continuously operate true to the cause.

 

As a consequence, we are looking for individuals that will have an important oversight and governance role in the important establishment of our international network of Chapters. 

 

These individuals will operate as Territory Leaders and there will be 4 Territory Leaders per territory; with the territories being:

  • UK
  • Europe
  • North America
  • APAC

If the idea of becoming a Territory Leader might be of interest to you or somebody you know, please make contact through andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org

Vacancies Relating to Recruitment

Volunteer Recruiters

 

We have a huge need for volunteers and have identified 3 main potential sources:

 

1. Individuals that have retired, are aligned with what TTF is trying to do and are happy to volunteer some of their time

 

2. Individuals that are still working, are aligned with what TTF is trying to do and are happy to volunteer some of their time

 

3. Student interns, particularly those studying courses related to finance, business ethics, regulatory reform, governance and similar

 

The volunteer recruiters would help to create and implement a strategy for attracting volunteers.

Vacancies Relating to Anything Else

If you align with our mission to help drive positive, progressive and purposeful finance reform and can help us in any way beyond the specific vacancies outlined above please don’t hesitate to get in touch, regardless of what your thoughts are about how you may be able to help and regardless of where you are in the world.   

 

Thank you!

The Great Divide

You can read the speech by  Andrew G. Haldane, FAcSS (the Bank of England's Chief Economist and Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics) that he gave on 18th May 2016 at the New City Agenda Annual dinner.

 

The speech is entitled The Great Divide and it is a first class explanation of why the trust deficit really matters and why it makes sense to try to do something about it.

 

Please click on the green button to access it; if you're not convinced of its relevance to our initiative, here's part of it:

 

..."The most important and compelling message the Bank received at the Open Forum came in the first session. The Bank had conducted some polling of perceptions of the financial sector – for example, by asking people what one word best described the future of financial markets. Among the Bank’s usual contacts, including those in the financial sector, the most used word was “regulated”. Many of us will have heard that message from financial insiders concerned about the perils of over-zealous regulators.

 

For me, the more revealing responses came from the general public, from the customers, rather than the producers, of financial services. The word most used by them when describing financial markets was a rather different one: it was “corrupt”. Not far behind were words like “manipulated”, “self-serving”, “destructive” and “greedy”. I am sure many of you have heard those messages too. They are certainly ones I have encountered frequently on my visits around the country."...

 

Please click the green button  below to access the full speech. If you need to read another piece first, here it is:

 

..."At least until recently many economists like me, when faced with this evidence, might have shrugged our shoulders. Social capital had no real role in our models of economic growth, unlike physical capital and human capital. Trust did not butter our parsnips and nor did it enter our production functions.

 

Recently, however, that orthodoxy has changed and the importance of trust has become clearer.

 

Evidence has emerged, both micro and macro, to suggest trust may play a crucial role in value creation. At the micro level, there is now ample evidence the degree of trust or social capital within a company contributes positively to its value creation capacity. 

 

At the macro level, there is now a strong body of evidence, looking across a large range of countries and over long periods of time, that high levels of trust and co-operation are associated with higher economic growth.

 

Put differently, a lack of trust jeopardises one of finance’s key societal functions – higher growth.

 

Those social capital effects appear to be particularly potent when it comes to financial decisions. Evidence suggests that a lack of trust leads people to retreat from the stock market and banks and to move towards cash holdings and informal sources of credit, such as payday lenders and loan sharks. That jeopardises the second key benefit of finance to society – improved risk-sharing by households and companies.

 

So a lack of trust in finance potentially hobbles both economic growth and financial stability.

 

That lack of trust is the mirror-image of the perception gap between the financial sector and wider society, the Great Divide.

 

The Great Divide matters because it signals a pronounced and protracted erosion of social capital. It puts finance on notice for losing its social licence. And, unaddressed, that jeopardises future wealth and well-being."...

 

Please click on the green button to access the full speech. If you're not yet convinced you should, here's a final snippet:

 

..." As a survey in 2013 of financial professionals found, rather remarkably, that over half believed their competitors engaged in illegal or unethical behaviour.  A smaller, but still high, fraction of 24% believed their own company engaged in such practices. Similar percentages believed their industry did not fulfil its fiduciary function of putting clients’ interests first.

The significance of these findings is not the precise percentages, as striking as these are.

 

More fundamentally, it is because of what they reveal about finance’s perception of itself, the mirror it holds to the social identity of finance."...

 

Click onto the button below to access the full speech; you'll be glad you did, it's profoundly thought-provoking for anybody interested in the future of the financial services industry:

If you are not already on the right page and want to read about our major international project to help rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services, click on the orange button below:

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