The Role of Treasurer

The role of Treasurer of the Inn can perhaps best be compared to being a Non-Executive Chairman of a collegiate educational establishment, a diverse and progressive membership organisation, a property company and a commercial events organisation rolled into one. 

The post-holder is in place for one year but will traditionally have been elected first as Reader-Elect and then acted as Reader of the Inn in the two years leading up to their year in office as Treasurer.

Any Governing Bencher of the Inn is eligible for nomination for election as Reader-Elect (and thereafter Reader and Treasurer) by our Governing Benchers or the Treasurer Nomination Committee provided that: (1) they have not accepted a call to the Bench (other than as an Honorary Bencher) by any other Inn of Court; (2) they have been a Bencher for at least seven years in the year of nomination; and (3) in the judgment of those making the nomination, the individual has the personal qualities and experience required to serve the Inn with distinction. Seniority and precedence are relevant but not of prime importance and due regard shall be given to diversity. Nominations are considered by the Treasurer Nomination Committee and suitable candidate(s) recommended to the Executive Committee. The election is considered and approved by the governing board of the Inn, known as Bench Table.

The Treasurer is fully supported by a Chief Executive and professional staff team. They are a promoter of the Bar both nationally and internationally and an ambassador for the Inn. The Treasurer provides direction on strategic issues facing our students, members and the Bar more widely. He/she presides at the meetings of Bench Table, chairs the Executive Committee and is an ex-officio member of all Committees and Sub-Committees of the Bench. The Treasurer attends regular meetings, training sessions and social events, to support the Inn’s workings and travels abroad to represent our interests and those of our members living and working overseas.