Cartwheel Arts is one of the leading participatory arts companies in the North West. The charity has an impressive track record in devising and delivering vivid, highly acclaimed and successful projects which bring communities together, break down barriers, and build capacity, promoting a sense of ownership and pride.  We call this Art for a Reason.

Cartwheel Arts is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive Board.
We value diversity and wish to particularly encourage applications from individuals who are typically under-represented in the arts and charity sector.   The current staff team and board membership is here:

Cartwheel staff and the Board of Trustees are passionate about the role the organisation plays in providing opportunities for participants who live in low-income neighbourhoods, or belong to vulnerable, marginalised groups at risk of exclusion, principally in the borough of Rochdale, but also across Greater Manchester.

Our Treasurer is stepping down in July 2022 after three years in the role.  We aim to recruit a Treasurer over the next few months to allow for a period of getting to know the organisation and our funding structures.  The new Treasurer will be part of a small Board of Trustees (currently 8 Trustees) with a mix of skills and experience and will ideally be based in our area of operation.

The charity has had two successful years during which time turnover has nearly doubled. We need to secure this position by developing a robust, sustainable, mixed funding model.  It’s an exciting time to join the Board as we recently appointed a new Director and the organisation is looking forward to a new chapter post-pandemic.

What we are looking for in a new Treasurer

  •   Sound knowledge of financial planning and management, bookkeeping or accountancy.
  •   An understanding of income generation for a voluntary organisation, focusing on funding bids, contract readiness, sponsors, and donors, securing a broad mix of income sources to support our programme.
  •   The ability to provide an overview of the organisation’s finances to the Board, whilst providing support to the Director with financial planning.
  •   Willingness to challenge and support the Director and Board to spot trends and increase Cartwheel’s long term financial sustainability.

Skills and experience


  • Experience of up to date financial control and budgeting
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of Trusteeship
  • Strong communication skills when it comes to finance


  • Financial, accounting and audit/risk experience with a recognised financial qualification
  • Previous experience of the voluntary or cultural sectors
  • Previous experience of governance

As a Trustee you will need:

  • An enthusiasm for Cartwheel’s work and a commitment to carry out the duties of a Trustee.
  • To think strategically and be passionate about contributing to our development, working effectively as part of a team alongside our Trustees and staff
  • The ability to constructively challenge, accept, and support majority decisions.
  • As a Trustee of an arts charity committed to social change, to show a commitment to equality, anti-discrimination and our core values.
  • To take an informed view on a range of issues
  • Enthusiasm to bring new ideas and perspectives to the board and help develop governance practise.
  • The willingness to devote the necessary time and effort over a minimum commitment of 3 years

Principal duties of Trustees

  • To ensure that Cartwheel Arts complies with its governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation and regulations and pursues its charitable objects
  • To contribute actively to the Board in giving clear strategic direction to Cartwheel Arts, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against those targets.
  • To ensure the proper application of Cartwheel Arts’ funds.
  • To support Cartwheel Arts’ employees and volunteers.
  • In short – to provide effective governance: to ensure Cartwheel Arts is run efficiently and properly, to monitor the progress of the work of the organisation and to make sure that as the organisation grows, it continues to meet the needs of local communities.

Time commitment

The Board meets five times annually, currently by Zoom, usually from 6-8pm, but with one full strategy day in the autumn.  The Treasurer will also Chair the Finance sub-committee which meets 4 times a year between Board meetings.

Post pandemic it is possible that we will return to face to face meetings, which usually take place in Heywood, but Finance Sub meetings will continue by Zoom.

To apply:

The application pack is available to download on our website here: Please contact Lucy Holland, our Operations and Development Manager, on 01706 361300 or if you need any further assistance.

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Hebe Reilly, our Director via or 01706 361300.  We welcome applications from people who have never served as a Trustee before, as we can offer additional support and mentoring. 

Once you have returned your application to us, you will be invited for an interview with the Director, Chair and Finance Officer. If all parties wish to proceed, you will be invited to the next Board meeting where you will be voted on to the Board.


Apply for this position

Allowed Type(s): .pdf, .doc, .docx

Sign In


Reset Password

Please enter your username or email address, you will receive a link to create a new password via email.