Trustee Treasurer

Job Title: Trustee Treasurer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brighton
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: RHY0619
Contact Name: Alastair Beddow
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 07, 2019 17:37

Job Description

About Rhythmix

Rhythmix is an award-winning music, social welfare and education charity working with some of the most vulnerable people in the South East of England.

Our mission is to revolutionise healthcare and wellbeing outcomes through innovative and radical musical activities under the guidance of talented, expert musicians. We seek out challenging and extraordinary places where music doesn't happen, but has the potential to make the most difference.

We deliver our work in partnership with services that support people who are having a difficult time including with mental health, illness or disability. Over the last year our strategic partners have included 7 NHS Trusts, 20 special schools and 7 Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams. In the last 12 months we worked with 6,180 people across 2,135 music-making interactions. We take music to our participants: 96% of interactions take place outside of a music or cultural venue.

The role

We are looking for a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees, to take oversight of the organisation’s finances, supporting the staff team in sound financial management and advising the board on best practice. 

Time commitment:

  • 4 board meetings per year
  • Occasional representation of Rhythmix with key internal and external stakeholders at events and meetings
  • Ad-hoc phone and email contact with the Chief Executive as required

Remuneration: The role of Treasurer is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, though out of pocket expenses for travel may be claimed

Location: Board meetings are usually held either Brighton or London

Length of term: This is a three-year term with the possibility of re-appointment for a further two three-year terms

Reporting to: Chair of Board of Trustees


1. Strategic leadership

  • Ensure the Rhythmix follows a clear vision, mission and strategic plan
  • Regularly review major risks and opportunities ensuring that systems are in place to mitigate the risks and seize appropriate opportunities
  • Ensure the sound financial health of the charity, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability

2. Financial accountability

  • Advise staff with the preparation and presentation of regular budgets, accounts and financial statements to the board
  • Ensure that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy and that practices are in place to work towards the appropriate level of reserves
  • Ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Advise on the financial implications of the organisation's strategic plans
  • Ensure that annual accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies, e.g. the Charity Commission, HMRC and Companies House
  • Ensuring that annual accounts are scrutinised through independent examination and recommendations are implemented
  • Keep the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities

3. Governance and legal responsibilities

  • Ensure that the charity complies with charity and company law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission and Companies House as its regulators
  • Ensure that the charity doesn’t breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to its charitable purpose
  • Ensure that the charity complies with the requirements of other legislation which governs the activities of the charity

4. External relations

  • Act as an ambassador for Rhythmix and spokesperson as appropriate
  • Assist the staff and trustees to widen and diversify the Rhythmix supporter base as part of its major donor strategy
  • Represent the Rhythmix at external functions, meetings and events as appropriate


Person specification


  • A strong affinity with Rhythmix's vision and values 
  • Financial qualifications and experience
  • The ability to analyse proposals and predict their financial consequences
  • Strategic thinking and experience of organisational strategy
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • Willingness to speak your mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship


  • Experience of charity finance and fundraising
  • Experience and understanding of charity governance and working with or as part of a board of trustees


If you are interested in being considered for this role please submit a full CV with a covering letter explaining your interest in the organisation and how you believe you fulfil the role requirements to