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Treasurer - possibly with board member role, Saltburn Folk Festival


Our Festival started life in 1968 as Redcar Folk Festival, becoming well established on the Folk calendar before finding a new home a few miles away in stunning Saltburn. The Festival was founded by John Taylor, the driving force behind the Cutty Wren Folk Club. In 2018, after John's passing, Ken Hall formed a not for profit company and staged a 2019 Festival celebrating all that had gone before. The Festival was postponed in 2020 and became a Virtual Gathering in 2021. Coming out of the COVID pandemic, a new team is organising the 2022 festival and helping folk music in the region to thrive and evolve.

We now need a volunteer Treasurer to join our team to look after our finances. Routine financial tasks are central to the role, but we are flexible about the breadth of potential additional responsibilities. There's an option to join the Board and contribute more widely to the development of the Festival.

Essential attributes - understanding of financial procedures; experience presenting budgets and accounting documents; experience of reporting to a board or committee.

Desirable attributes - an interest in folk music, dance and song traditions, including the professional folk music sector; strong administrative or governance background; experience of working in an arts and cultural setting; ability to work collaboratively in an evolving team.

Core Duties and Responsibilities as Treasurer include:

  • Carry out financial transactions in accordance with our procedures

  • Operate the Festival's bank accounts

  • Keep records and report on our financial position

We could add additional tasks and responsibilities by agreement, such as:

  • Draw up and present budgets, accounts and financial statements.

  • Ensure financial resources meet present and future needs, and advise on the financial implications of our strategic plans.

  • Devise and review accounting procedures and financial controls.

  • Take the lead on risk and insurance matters.

  • Prepare and submit grant applications

  • Joining the Board as a Director, sharing wider responsibilities for strategic planning and operation of all aspects of the Festival company.

Please email Nigel to arrange a time to speak about this role.

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