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TREASURER – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Foreword from our Chair

We are now inviting expressions of interest for a Trustee who will also be our Treasurer. This is a voluntary role, and you will join an established board of Trustees for this dynamic and ambitious company.

The essential quality for our Trustees is a passion for the Company’s mission and values, and for this role we are looking for someone with substantial experience in financial management.  An  accountancy qualification is desirable but not essential.

Previous experience as a Trustee would be an asset, but we also welcome your interest if you haven’t served on a board before. In any event, we will support you to become an effective member of the team that provides overall strategy & direction to the company, and works closely with our Founder and Artistic Director, Cassa Pancho, MBE.

This is a great time to be joining Ballet Black. Despite the devastating impact of the pandemic globally and nationally, we are on a solid artistic and financial footing.

We have turned adversity into opportunity, using the closure of theatres and our cancelled  touring dates as a chance to test our creativity,  diversifying the way we stay in touch and engage with our audiences.

And despite the global trauma of the year, Ballet Black has still managed to notch up numerous awards for the quality of our art.

We are looking ahead to a future where the work of Ballet Black is shared with even wider audiences, and our vital role as an advocate for Black & Asian dancers within the ballet becomes less critical.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Althea Efunshile CBE

Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Company

Ballet Black is a professional ballet company that celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent. We are making a fundamental change in the diversity of classical ballet in Britain – on stage, behind the scenes, and among audiences and dance students.

Since our formation in 2001, we have worked to change the landscape of classical ballet through performances, our Junior School and our outreach programmes. We are one of the most prolific commissioners of new and critically acclaimed ballets in the UK and have developed diverse dance audiences across the country.

Ballet Black is also playing a role in advocating wider societal change through cutting-edge collaborations, including working to create the first UK made pointe shoes for Black, Brown and Asian dancers.

Our audiences are diverse and loyal; our annual seasons at the Barbican, Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House & Theatre Royal Stratford East regularly play to 100% of audience capacity.

Pre-pandemic, our UK touring network was growing each year; we have taken a creative approach to our confinement by investing in our digital programme. We are currently working to create a bespoke suite of films which offer viable alternatives to live performance while we continue to celebrate the skill and diversity of the Company.

In 2020 we were nominated for a Sky Arts South Bank Award for Best Dance, and we won the Olivier and the British Black Theatre Award for Best Dance Production.

The role of Treasurer

We are a hard-working company with a part time core office team of 3 and a company of 8 dancers. The Treasurer is a Trustee member of the Board, who oversees the Company’s financial management, and reports on its financial health. This is a key role which helps the Board to have the assurance needed to take long term strategic decisions and to manage overall risk.

The Treasurer is the pivot point between the part time finance manager and the Board.  Given the size of the staff team, the Treasurer acts as a hands-on guide and support to the finance manager.

The anticipated time commitment is approximately 1.5 days per month. The Treasurer will attend quarterly board meetings, a finance meeting before each board, and an annual away day strategy meeting. There will also be opportunities to attend Ballet Black performances and to engage with the Company’s education programme.

Profile 

Overall

  • Ensure the financial affairs of the organisation are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

Specifically

  • Liaise with the Finance Manager & the board to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
  • Make fellow Board members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Regularly report the financial position at Board meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
  • Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption at a board meeting.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, including: cheque & BACS signatories, purchasing limits, purchasing systems, petty cash/ float, salary payments, pensions, PAYE & NI payments, VAT.
  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner.

Skills & Experience

Essential

Substantial experience of financial management

A demonstrable commitment to the values & mission of Ballet Black

Ability to clearly explain financial reporting to non-finance specialists

Hands on experience of producing narratives for management accounts & producing reports to the Board

An interest in the governance of organisations

Desirable:

An accountancy qualification

Knowledge of accounting & reporting requirements for charities

Previous experience as a Trustee

Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to charities

Experience of working with a small staff team

How to apply & further information

Please send us your expression of interest (2 pages maximum) together with your cv.

Please use the heading ‘Treasurer’ in your email, and send it to  [email protected] by the deadline of Thursday 19 August 2021.