Treasurer (Volunteer Trustee)

Job Title: Treasurer (Volunteer Trustee)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: East Grinstead
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Treasurer2019
Contact Name: Jonathan Parrett
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 12, 2019 14:33

Job Description

Role Purpose

The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Museum and are collectively responsible for its governance.  The role of the Trustees is to ensure that the Museum has a clear vision and strategic direction, is sustainable and complies with the law.  East Grinstead Museum is looking for someone with a strong financial background to act as Treasurer.

Role Summary
• Monitor the financial standing of the charity and report to the Board regarding cash-flow forecasting, income streams and out-going expenses.

• Oversee the charity’s financial resources and risk-management process and ensure a sound financial control environment

• Ensure that the Museum’s funds are suitably invested and managed to meet the Museum’s operational and strategic needs

• Liaise with external auditors/independent examiners on financial issues and annual accounts

• Ensure that annual accounts are submitted to the Charity Commission within 10 months of year end


  • The Board meets at least six times a year and the Treasurer is expected to be available for at least five meetings per year

  • Once established it is anticipated that the Treasurer role will take up one day a week on average.

  • Trustees serve for a fixed term of four years.

  • Trustees must adhere to the Museums Association Code of Ethics and all the Museum’s policies.

  • Trustees are expected to act reasonably and prudently in the best interests of the Museum, never in pursuit of personal interests or the interests of another organisation and to meet the legal obligations common to all charity trustees (i.e. comply with charity law, duty of prudence and duty of care).

  • Trustees are expected to adhere to Nolan's Principles of Public Life.

Person specification

• Qualified chartered or management accountant with demonstrated commercial awareness and knowledge

• Knowledge of charity SORP and impending changes and/or willingness to keep up-to-date

• Proven ability to communicate and explain financial information to members of the Board and other stakeholders

• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

• The ability to think strategically and creatively, demonstrate objectivity, good judgement and analytical ability.

• A willingness to learn.

• Good communication, team-working and interpersonal skills.

• Tactful, diplomatic and able to build relationships.


• Demonstrated knowledge and experience of charity finance practices including Gift Aid.

• Dedicated to the organisation’s cause and objectives and willing to act as the charity’s ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.

• Good understanding of IT infrastructure and issues, particularly those faced by small business and charities

• Skills and experience in one or more areas of non-executive governance and management e.g. strategic planning, business management, fundraising, understanding of HR issues, experience of Trusts or other grant giving bodies


To register your interest please email Lester Porter, the Chair of Trustees, at providing a covering letter and CV outlining why you want this role and how you meet the person specification.

Please include contact details for two referees.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th December 2019.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an informal discussion at the Museum with two existing trustees and the Museum Manager on Friday 10th January 2020.

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