Trustee (Accounting): Voluntary Position

Job Title: Trustee (Accounting): Voluntary Position
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: OEDIPA002
Contact Name: Finn Beames
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 25, 2020 11:35

Job Description

Trustee (Accounting): Voluntary Position


Oedipa is a small arts charity, set up to produce original work for live performance with a focus on music-based genres including opera. Made in collaboration with the most talented emerging and established artists, Oedipa’s projects are typically genre defying and based around collaborations with practitioners from different disciplines. We are currently seeking a fourth trustee with an accounting background to join the board and assist in the governance of the organisation.

Oedipa is a registered charitable incorporated organisation (no. 1171656), with a board of three existing trustees with backgrounds in arts producing, social change, fundraising and performance. Oedipa is creatively led by writer and director Finn Beames, and has a number of associate artists based throughout Europe. In 2017-18, Oedipa was a Links partner at the Royal Opera House.


Oedipa has a particular interest in the role of the arts in society, and placing social and political concerns at the centre of the production process. Oedipa therefore aims to seek out, challenge and address conventions of creating, producing and performing which perpetuate ableist, hetero-, cis-, socio-economically and racially normative systems of power and oppression.

We are currently working with the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Snape Maltings to make work around communication disabilities and opera. In 2021, our project Speak Red will culminate in the production of a new opera made with and for adults with aphasia. As part of the process, we are also running a research project into using opera-making in speech and language therapy.


Oedipa’s work is managed on a project-by-project basis, and we have fundraised from Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Dana Foundation and others. Over the next few years, we are looking to transition to a funding structure which allows us to plan further ahead and achieve better continuity between projects.

We are looking to replace a current trustee who has accounting and charity auditing experience. The present trustee is relocating to a different country and believes Oedipa will benefit from having a new trustee with fresh ideas. We are happy to hear from prospective trustees who would like to contribute more widely, but particularly interested in the following:

> ability to compile management and end-of-year accounts

> excellent knowledge of charity accounting and commitment to best practice


A clear overview of what being a charity trustee means is available here:



The time commitment is estimated to be 4-6 meetings per year, to be scheduled as conveniently as possible. Attendance on Skype is fine. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an interest in the arts and their role within society to join an ambitious and unusual organisation at an exciting time.

We welcome expressions of interest from anyone suitably qualified, and are happy to talk further about the role. It is not a requirement that individuals have previously held a trustee position. To arrange a conversation, please write to

We are seeking to appoint the right candidate at the earliest opportunity.

Oedipa is committed to equal opportunities and particularly welcomes expressions of interest from those currently underrepresented in the arts and on governing bodies.


Charity Trustee Responsibilities (for reference)

Trustees are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of a charity. This can include:

• Ensuring that the charity complies with legal and regulatory requirements

• Developing and agreeing on a long-term strategy for the charity

• Approving operational plans and budgets

• Evaluating and assessing the outcomes and impact of the charity

• Setting and safeguarding the visions, values and reputation of the organisation

• Overseeing the work of the organisation

• Regular reviewing of the major risk to the charity and ensuring those risks are managed

• Finding and recruiting new board members to meet the charity’s changing needs in terms of skills, experience and diversity

• Informing others about the organisation and its work

• Listening to the views of the charity’s stakeholders

• Handling complaints constructively, impartially and effectively

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