Performing Arts Charity Treasurer

Job Title: Performing Arts Charity Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Reference: Treasurer
Contact Name: Ruth O'Brien
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 18, 2019 16:57

Job Description

The National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT) is looking for a new financial trustee to be the role of treasurer for the Trust.


We are seeking an experienced accountant with, ideally, some experience of charity accounts. This person would be the Trustee to whom the Board can delegate its duty of detailed oversight of the charity finances. This would include becoming the charity’s key contact with its bank, taking the lead role in the preparation of the annual report and accounts, including liaising with the Independent Financial Examiner and supporting the charity’s Operations Director on operational financial issues. The treasurer will oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements and report to the board of trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation.

The trustees meet in London as a full board every three to four months to review beneficiary updates, fundraising plans, finances, operational updates, and new projects. Each trustee is also a member of one of three sub-committees - finance, fundraising and creative & grant giving – which meet every quarter between board meetings. The finance committee is held over conference call, and trustees meet between 6pm and 7.30pm near Farringdon for quarterly Board meetings.


The National Youth Arts Trust is a small arts charity that exists to widen access to the performing arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It does this through the awarding of bursaries for music, dance and drama lessons, developing and running youth theatre projects in areas of low arts provision, and enabling children to attend professional theatre performances, often for the first time.

Our vision is to see a diverse and inclusive performing arts sector that nurtures talent from any background. We work hard to ensure that talented young people are not at risk of being excluded from training in the arts because of lack of finances.

Since 2013, thanks to our trustees and supporters, NYAT has developed into an effective charity by helping over 700 talented young people access the performing arts through youth theatre programmes, theatre ticket schemes and bursaries.

The role of treasurer is pivotal and offers a unique opportunity to be involved at an early stage in a developing organisation with a strong board, a notable patron base, and national ambitions.

The treasurer’s support and involvement will make all the difference in helping to place young people with genuine potential on the path to a successful career in the performing arts, regardless of background or circumstance.

Key responsibilities

  • Oversee our monthly management accounts, produced by our bookkeeper.
  • Approve monthly outgoing payments.
  • Report to the Board at quarterly meetings on financial issues and summarizing our financial position.
  • Lead quarterly finance committee meetings and report NYAT’s financial position (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
  • Review and oversee the production of our annual accounts, liaising with our Independent Examiner and Director of Operations.
  • Become one of the key contacts for HMRC, our bookkeeper and our bank.
  • Annually review our reserves policy and internal financial controls policy.
  • Approve large charitable activity expenditure and appraise the financial viability of new charitable expenditure.
  • Oversee the production of an annual budget for NYAT.
  • Take the role of secretary for the Trust.
  • Contributing to NYAT’s fundraising strategy.
  • Alongside the Board, making sure that the financial resources of NYAT meet its present and future needs.


  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary).
  • Good financial analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.

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We hope to hear from you soon.