Finance Trustee

Job Title: Finance Trustee
Location: Haworth
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Finance
Contact Name: Mhairi Tomlinson
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 12, 2021 12:39

Job Description

We are seeking a Finance Trustee who will chair our Finance and Audit Committee.  Financial planning and the day-to-day financial management of the charity is performed by the Joint Heads of Finance, both of whom are experienced, qualified chartered accountants.

Essential Criteria:

  • Qualified accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness and an understanding of charity accounting principles.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders.
  • Superior analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement and the ability to challenge.
  • Ability to advise the Board on ensuring that effective financial controls and procedures are put in place and are appropriate for the charity;
  • Understanding of the financial risks to the charity and be able to monitor those financial risks and their management.
  • Experience of strategic development and planning, including ensuring that financial projections are consistent with and achievable within the strategic plan.
  • Good communication, team-working and interpersonal skills.
  • Tactful, diplomatic and able to build relationships.

Desirable Criteria:

  • An interest in literature.
  • Experience of fundraising.
  • Knowledge and experience of charity finance practices, including understanding of the Charities SORP and reserves accounting.
  • Dedication to the organisation’s vision and objectives and willing to act as the charity’s ambassador to external bodies.

Time commitment

Normally, you would be expected to attend or take part in six evening / half-day board meetings a year.  In addition, the Finance Trustee will chair the Finance and Audit Committee meetings, which are held, via Zoom, approximately a week before the board meetings.  Including the time required to read relevant papers etc, the role may require a regular time commitment equivalent to a day or two each month.

All roles on the Board are voluntary and trustees may not receive any financial reward.  However, reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, including travel and accommodation costs for meeting attendance where applicable, are payable.

We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive charity and invite enquiries and applications from those currently under-represented in our organisation including those from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, LGBT+ people, D/deaf people, disabled people and people aged 16 – 30.

As the majority of board and committee meetings take place online, we welcome enquiries from people who might only be able to join our meetings remotely.

How to apply

The Brontë Society is proud to be a membership organisation ( and, while our Articles of Association have some provision for us to co-opt people to the Board, the majority of our trustees are elected by the membership at the AGM.  In accordance with our Articles of Association, candidates standing for election need to be members of the Brontë Society at the point of nomination and proposed and seconded by two other members.  We would be happy to explain this process in more detail as part of your application.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to submit an application, please email Mhairi Tomlinson, Joint Head of Finance, at in the first instance and we will contact you to discuss further.

Deadline: applications / expressions of interest: 30 June 2021