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About the organisation

The Old Market has a passion for seeing things in new ways and creating fresh, relevant experiences to engage, excite and inspire a diverse audience. We encourage risk taking; present new voices and produce innovative concepts. Our business is to create, programme and host memorable events that completely immerse our audiences and make the shared live experience pertinent to a new generation of cultural consumers. We provide an exciting hub for creative learning and skills development in the arts that transcends theatre as an institution and encourages innovation and experimentation.


The Old Market (or TOM, as we like to call it) is a thriving arts venue based in Hove. Every year we host over 200 events and welcome 55,000 people through our doors to experience live music, film, boundary breaking theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, literature, workshops and performances using new technologies, such as TOMTech. We work with local artists, major cultural festivals, independent promoters as well as national arts organisations, bringing even greater variety to our programme. In particular, we’re proud to support the best emerging talent and nurture their growth so that the arts scene in Brighton and beyond can thrive for years to come.


"The indie sector has few champions like TOM - hugely supportive, never afraid to take a risk, always leading the way. These venues are rare gems. If the ecology of theatre is to have a future we must find ways to support the grassroots to survive" - Jo Crowley, Producer, 1927 Productions.

About the role

The purpose of the role is to oversee the financial management of the organisation, ensuring that they demonstrate good practice, are legal, constitutional within accepted accounting practice.


Specific duties will include:

  • Working alongside the Executive Director, 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 and audits.
  • Ensure fellow Trustees are aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data
  • Liaise regularly with the ED and ensure robust reporting the financial position at quarterly meetings (management accounts, cashflow, fundraising).
  • Oversee the production of annual budgets and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year.
  • Assess the financial viability of Business Plans and large-scale projects and proposals
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors / an independent examiner

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will be a supporter of arts and culture and be a fan of supporting good practice within a charitable context. We're looking for the following skills and qualities:


  • Qualified accountant or similar OR qualified by experience at a senior level
  • Knowledge of financial management including bookkeeping, financial processes and procedures, particularly those related to charitable bodies
  • Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations, including the rules around trading, tax and fundraising
  • Good financial monitoring and analytic skills
  • Ability to communicate financial information clearly to all levels of understanding
  • Commitment to TOM’s overall objectives

What’s in it for you

Charities or 'not for profits' can deliver their charitable objectives whilst being an effective business organisation and this is where a Treasurer might bring their skills to bear. The Old Market CT has a trading arm so it will be imperative that this operation works in an entrepreneurial way to have maximum impact on the charity.


Our Treasurer will join a group of motivated team of Trustees with a diverse set of skills who are committed to the future of this fantastic independent venue. There are opportunities to learn about running a middle scale venue, fundraising from philanthropic, trust and public sources as well as using your financial management and accountancy skills to support the Executive Director and Finance Manager to continue improving policy, procedures and good practice.


The Old Market has been extremely fortunate to have been supported by Yes/No Productions, creators of the global touring sensation, Stomp, for the past 12 years so their ability to connect us to a network of well-known artists and musicians is both exciting and beneficial.

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The Old Market Charitable Trust

Apply by

30 Mar 2024







Time commitment

0-5 hours per month
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