Literature Wales Management Board Treasurer

Job Title: Literature Wales Management Board Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cardiff
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: LW Treasurer
Contact Name: Ifan Brychan
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 09, 2018 14:49

Job Description

Literature Wales seeks to appoint a Treasurer
to join its Management Board



Founded in 2011, Literature Wales is the National Company for the development and promotion of literature in Wales. We are responsible for leading the sector and we actively collaborate with organisations and individuals who contribute to the promotion, creation and enjoyment of literature in Wales.

Joining our Board in 2019 will mean that you will ensure the effective delivery of the of the organisation’s new Strategic Plan for 2019-2022, which is currently being developed. Through the refreshed Strategic Plan and your engagement with our projects on the ground, you will help widen participation in literary activity in Wales and have a significant impact on the health, vibrancy and relevance of Wales’ literary culture.

We are looking for a strong advocate who can help develop and support the organisation. You will share the vision and values of the organisation and contribute positively to building a better society, ensuring literature is a voice for all.

The Role of Treasurer (Voluntary)

The Treasurer has oversight of all aspects of the organisation’s financial management including the Annual Accounts, financial reporting, policies and procedures. You will ensure that these are fit for purpose, effective and safeguard the organisation’s future. You will also contribute to further developing the Fundraising Strategy, identifying and optimising new income streams.

The Treasurer will also support and oversee the work of the Finance Officer and, on a voluntary basis, work one day a month at the Literature Wales office in Cardiff Bay.

The successful candidate will sit on the Literature Wales Management Board as a Trustee/Director. They will have a responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation and for ensuring that strategic priorities are consistent with stakeholder and funder requirements, and beneficial for the sector as a whole. Directors commit to the seven Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Directors also have responsibility for overarching operational matters, as detailed in appendix 2. The Board meets four times a year, and Directors are expected to serve on at least one Committee and contribute to Task and Finish Groups as required.

Literature Wales is a bilingual organisation and a positive attitude towards the Welsh language is necessary for the role of Treasurer.

Throughout your term on the Board, you will network, create new contacts and join national and international conversations on the arts and culture. You will represent Literature Wales at significant national and international events.

Developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders is an important aspect of the role of a Director. You will be working closely with our colleagues at the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and Welsh Government (WG) to contribute to specific national strategies, including: Health and Wellbeing; Education; Tourism; and Tackling Poverty.

Partnerships and collaboration are vital for the development of literature.  Literature Wales works closely with other public bodies, including the Welsh Books Council, National Library of Wales, British Council Wales, National Museum Wales, and Cadw – as well as other charities, education institutions and local authorities throughout Wales. It also collaborates and shares ideas with UK and international literary organisations: e.g. National Literacy Trust, The Reading Agency, National Writing Centre, Scottish Book Trust, New Writing North, Poetry Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre.  It also works creatively beyond the arts sector, and has long-standing partnerships with organisations such as Cardiff City Football Club Foundation and HM Prison & Young Offenders Institute Parc.

Literature Wales works strategically with the other seven ACW-funded National Companies: Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Ffilm Cymru Wales. These National Companies have pledged to work together over the coming years to develop an inclusive national skills strategy for the arts; increase the international impact of our collective work; and improve the diversity of audiences and leadership in the arts in Wales. 

Literature Wales is a forward-looking organisation which thrives on change and responds positively and directly to challenges. As a sector facilitator, it fundamentally believes in the value of partnerships in order to achieve its ambition to make literature the most democratic and accessible of all art forms. As a Director you will bring to the table ideas, experience and contacts: you will be creative, evaluative and strategic. You will also work together with fellow Directors to ensure high standards of governance, in accordance with Literature Wales’ Articles of Association and sector good practice.

Specific Skills

We are looking for a Treasurer with significant financial experience, a qualified accountant or an individual with equivalent demonstrable skills, to expand the Management Board’s current skillset. The Treasurer will have good understanding of charity accounting standards/SORP and will be involved in strategic financial planning, financial management and reporting, and risk management. The successful candidate will also advise on the development of the Fundraising Strategy and Reserves Policy.  

The Treasurer will monitor the financial administration of the organisation and report to the Management Board at quarterly meetings. In addition, the Treasurer will be part of the organisation’s Operational Committee and ensure the organisation is complies with its governing documents, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.  

We actively encourage applications from young people and individuals representing protected characteristics. Literature Wales is a bilingual organisation and a positive attitude to the Welsh language is necessary for the role of Trustee/Director.

Closing Date: Thursday 29 November 2018, 12.00 midday

Interview Date: Friday 7 December 2018

First Board Meeting: 20 February 2019, Cardiff

For further information or to arrange an informal conversation, contact: or 029 2047 2266

Applicants are expected to send an application letter (no longer than two pages), a CV including the details of two referees, and a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (please see appendix 3) to or by post to:

Chief Executive: Lleucu Siencyn, Literature Wales, Glyn Jones Centre, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL

029 2047 2266 / @LitWales

Literature Wales is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government.