Applications open for Finance Lead Trustee role

Finance Lead – Trustee

The Wessex Museums Trust is seeking a new independent trustee to join the Board as Finance Lead. 

The role of the Financial Lead is to maintain an overview of the Trust’s financial position and of the conduct of its financial  affairs such that they provide well-grounded advice to the board. WMT employs an independent accountancy firm to prepare the  charity’s accounts and to support the financial operations of the charity, this role is focused on the strategic oversight.

Main duties include: 

  • Guiding and advising the board about its financial duties and responsibilities and in the approval of budgets, accounts and financial statements, within a relevant financial policy framework.
  • Ensuring that appropriate and effective financial measures, accounting procedures and controls are in place, which are appropriate for the charity.
  • Ensuring that all board members have a clear understanding of the accounts presented at meetings and the implications
    that they reveal.
  • Liaising with the CEO about financial matters, including procurement and occasional payment approvals. 
  • Liaising with the charity’s auditors where appropriate.

Our mission is to support museums to connect, inspire and add value to people’s lives.

Wessex Museums comprises seven museums which tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire from prehistoric times to present day. Together we form the charity, Wessex Museums Trust, which exists to build the resilience and relevance of our partner museums. 

Skills and experience

Individuals are sought who have a range of experience, skills, and expertise, an interest in cultural heritage/museums/arts, and a connection to the Wessex region. For the role of Finance Lead, the following experience would be advantageous:

  • Financial / accountancy qualifications and experience
  • Experience of charity finance, procurement and fundraising
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Business development and enterprise skills.


Finance Lead – Trustee recruitment pack.

How to apply

Applications should be sent via email to Please send:

  • CV outlining relevant experience (no more than two sides of A4)
  • Equal Opportunities Form.
  • An expression of interest in the trustee role to include what knowledge, skills, and experience you would bring to the role and what you personally hope to gain by becoming a trustee of Wessex Museums Trust. This can take the form of:
    • A written letter (no more than two sides of A4)
    • A film or audio recording (up to 5 minutes length)
    • A visual representation (this could be a collage, PowerPoint, mindmap, etc)

If sending an audio or video file please send via WeTransfer to the above address.

Deadline for applications 

10am, Monday 2 September 2024.

Any questions or further support 

If you would like an informal discussion about the role before applying, please contact Gill Donnell (Chair) via email



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