Honorary Treasurer

Job Title: Honorary Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: The role is unpaid but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Reference: Honorary Treasurer
Contact Name: Usha Aravinth
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 20, 2020 15:03

Job Description

Job Role: Honorary Treasurer                       

Reports to: Chair of Trustees/Board of Trustees

Remuneration: This role is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although reasonable expenses for travel may be claimed.

Location: The office is based in London, but we are open to trustees from all around the country.  Trustees may choose to join meetings remotely.

Who we are and what we do

BAMT is the professional body for music therapy in the UK, providing practitioners with professional support, and both practitioners and non-practitioners with information and training opportunities. We provide a voice for the profession, as well as for those who could benefit from music therapy. As a charity, we are committed to promoting and raising awareness of music therapy, developing understanding of music therapy through providing information to the general public, and supporting the advancement of education, research and professional practice.

What we are looking for

BAMT is a charity and a company. The trustees of the charity are also the Board of directors of the company. The BAMT’s current treasurer is retiring and we are recruiting his successor.  We are looking for an experienced, strategically minded person with an interest in, and commitment to, the work the BAMT does. 

Person specification

  • The treasurer must have:
    • A recognised financial qualification
    • Relevant financial experience.
    • Commitment to the mission of the BAMT.
    • Willingness to meet the minimum time requirement to carry out the role described, estimated to be around 6 hours per month on average.
    • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.
    • Ability to work effectively as a member of a diverse team.
    • Good, independent judgment.
    • Integrity.
  • It is desirable for candidates to have experience of:
    • Charity governance.
    • Information technology.
    • Enterprise/business development.
    • Project management.

What’s involved in being a trustee

  • The Board of Trustees meet 6 times a year at the BAMT office between 6-8pm on alternating evenings. 
  • The trustees may be asked to take on specific roles, for example on committees and working parties, and asked to attend additional meetings if necessary.  The Honorary Treasurer will chair the Finance Committee, which meets 6 times a year.
  • All trustees are expected to participate in e-discussion and debate in response to a weekly e-digest. 
  • Trustees may be contacted by the operational team for support in their specific area of expertise.
  • Trustees serve for a term of three years and may not serve more than three terms without a period of at least a year out of office. 

Specific responsibilities of the treasurer

  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets and management accounts to the Board.
  • Chairing the Finance Committee in line with its Terms of Reference and reporting back to the Board of Trustees.
  • Overseeing the financial health of the charity to ensure its resources remain adequate for its current and future financial needs.
  • Advising the Board on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans.
  • Ensuring that the charity has appropriate reserves and investment policies.
  • Liaising with and advising staff about financial matters.
  • Approving trustee and chief executive expenses in the absence of the Chair.
  • Approving expenditure in accordance with bank and investment mandates and the organisation’s financial procedures.
  • Ensuring the accounts are prepared and examined in accordance with the Charities SORP, liaising with the independent examiner where required.
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting, illustrating the important points in an understandable way. 

Next steps

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a covering letter (1 page maximum) demonstrating your suitability for the role by email to Usha Aravinth at  All completed applications must be received by 19 June 2020.  

Following the closing date, we will shortlist applicants based on their ability to meet the person specification. If you have not heard from us by 3 Jul, please assume you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and to meet the CEO and Operations Director during the first half of July.  Meetings and interviews will take place at the BAMT office in London if possible, but if not by Zoom.  The decision of the interview panel will be ratified by the Board of Trustees and appointment recommended by them to the BAMT’s AGM in autumn 2020, subject to satisfactory references (which will be taken up following the decision of the interview panel and before Board ratification.)