Role No: 1003 

A Treasurer Trustee is required for an award-winning youth arts charity based in London – DreamArts

You would join a dynamic Board of Trustees that work together to help the charity to use the arts to enable inner city young people to realise their potential.  The Treasurer oversees and supports the Chief Executive in budgets and financial matters and will be part of building a strong family where everyone is connected and valued from the Board to its young members.

The position is unremunerated and will require a time commitment of approximately 5 Board of Trustee meetings per year (evenings), one annual Away Day (in London) plus time in between liaising with fellow Trustees and discussing matters with the Chief Executive.  Trustees also visit projects to meet with and understand the charity’s young members and staff. 

The Charity

  • DreamArts use the arts to enable inner city to realise their potential. Young people can explore who they are, build positive relationships and make positive life choices.  
  • Their award-winning outreach projects engage around three hundred 7-25 year olds each year, the majority from families on benefits and 65% from homes where English is a second language. 
  • DreamArts reach young people living in the most severely deprived areas of Westminster where the local rate of child poverty is the 3rd highest in the country.
  • Young people are inspired and become empowered to form stronger connections with each other and their families, develop a greater sense of community and have fun.
  • Partnerships are the cornerstone of DreamArts and they make a unique contribution to a range of statutory youth and social service agencies and other charities by using the arts to give their clients a voice, enabling them to explore who they are and their place in the world.
  • The quality of DreamArts and their impact on the lives of young people has been recognised through being awarded Outstanding Organisation in the Westminster Community Awards 2016
  • DreamArts is the subject of a study by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as an example of best practice in using the arts to change young people’s lives.
  • Young people use the skills they develop with DreamArts in the home, school and workplace.  Past beneficiaries have gone on to become successful business entrepreneurs, have re-engaged with education, gained employment, and performed professionally in the West End.


The Treasurer Trustee Role and Requirements

  • Enable DreamArts to sustain and thrive by working pro-actively with the CEO and fellow Trustees, including with the Chair who is working with all the Trustees and staff to reinvigorate the charity.
  • Overseeing, approving and assisting the CEO in the presentation of annual budgets
  • Working with the CEO to provide quarterly financial reports to the Board
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the charity meet its present and future needs and appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Ensuring that the charity's accounts are prepared and audited/inspected in the form required by charity law, and submitted to the Charity Commission, with any recommendations of the auditor/inspector implemented
  • Meeting the independent auditor annually
  • Making formal presentation of the accounts to the Annual General Meeting of the Charity and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way
  • Keeping the Board of Trustees informed about its financial duties and responsibilities

Person Specification for the Treasurer Trustee:

  • Proven track record in budgets and financial matters 
  • An ability to present financial information in a coherent and easily understandable way
  • An ability to develop an understanding of current charity finance and fundraising
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Be pro-active and follow through ideas
  • Willingness to work with co-trustees as a member of the Development sub-committee to generate new resources including unrestricted donations and business sponsorship.
  • Be part of building a strong DreamArts family where everyone is connected and valued; young members, staff, trustees, volunteers, partners and donors. 


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