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SPAEDA - Somerset Partnership Arts Education Agency
TA2 8LQ, Taunton
This is an unpaid position
Closing date
30 May 2024

Job Details

An exciting opportunity to join a much-respected arts education charity as it embarks on its new three-year plan to maximise children and young people's engagement with arts and culture.

Role Description

We are looking to appoint an Honorary Treasurer who will bring new energy, new ideas, new perspectives, and challenge to enhance our financial management and development as a charity.

The Treasurer will be a Trustee and Director (SPAEDA is a charity and a company limited by guarantee) with particular responsibility to the Board for:

  • Fulfilling the same role as any Trustee and Director
  • Working closely with the Chair on issues relating to regulation and good governance
  • Monitoring the financial administration of the charity and advising fellow trustees on all matters financial
  • Overseeing the charity's financial risk-management
  • Acting as a counter signatory to SPAEDA's bank accounts and as necessary on applications to funders
  • Liaising with our accountants, particularly in supporting the production of the annual accounts

Role Requirements


  • Experience and qualifications appropriate to the role, although we welcome applicants for whom this would be a learning experience
  • Able to commit sufficient time to the role (see below)
  • Commitment to SPAEDA, its vision and values
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a charity and its trustees
  • Commitment to maintaining highest standards of integrity


  • Experience of the arts and/or education sectors
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Knowledge of the local community
  • Understanding of the issues facing arts education and development

Role Overview

We are a small charity and handle a moderate number of transactions each month using an online accounts package (Xero). We have an online bookings system handled through our website and online payments system (STRIPE). Book-keeping is managed in house by the Business Manager. Monthly payments approval would be required, supporting the preparation of quarterly management accounts. More input in March and April for preparation of the year end accounts and additional support in January - February would be welcomed to develop budgets, templates and invoice codes for the coming year.

Routinely, we look to our Treasurer for:

Monthly - Approval of online payments, review of management accounts and reserves, monitoring cash flow

Quarterly - Preparation of board reports (quarterly management accounts), review of reserves, preparation of latest estimate

Annually - Preparation of annual budget and draft accounts for independent review

On a Project Basis - Supporting our Director and Business Manager with financial aspects of bids and applications – project budgets, customised spreadsheets and assisting with reporting templates and coding of invoices (as new projects start)

Our financial year runs from 1st April – 31st March with the reporting deadline of 31st December.

  • Job Title: Honorary Treasurer
  • Salary:  This is an unpaid position
  • Hours:  1 to 2 days/month, much of which can be “working from home”
  • Role: Finance Term of office: 3 years, renewable
  • Location: Our office is in Taunton, and the ability to get to our base at Hestercombe on a quarterly basis would be desirable


Company info
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine

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