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Trustee – Treasurer

Voluntary role

Trustees initially join the board for three years, and are then eligible for re-appointment for a second three-year term.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 23rd April 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview on zoom – Tuesday 30th April / Wednesday 1st May.

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About the role

The Ministry of Stories is looking for a new Treasurer to join our board of trustees and chair our Finance and Fundraising Committee. We’re looking for an experienced finance professional to guide our strategic planning, oversee our financial procedures and compliance, and support us in preparing our annual accounts.

You will share our vision of inspiring and supporting young people’s ideas, imagination and voice through their creativity and writing. You will have the time and passion to be an important part of our organisation, helping guide us to remain financially sustainable and plan for the future growth of the organisation.

Who we’re looking for

The Treasurer will:

  • Help to set and shape the Ministry of Stories strategic direction, with a particular focus on financial sustainability
  • Oversee and approve budgets, accounts and financial statements, and present these quarterly to the board
  • Chair the Finance and Fundraising Subcommittee of the board
  • Ensure that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy, accounting procedures and controls
  • Ensure that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by the relevant statutory bodies, including the Charity Commission
  • Ensure that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented
  • Keep the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Contribute to the fundraising strategy of the organisation

You will have:

  • Financial qualifications and experience
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • An understanding and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Why join our team?

Ministry of Stories is growing. We are expanding our team of passionate, skilled and motivated individuals who share our ambition to champion the writer in every child.

It’s an exciting time to join Ministry of Stories as we enter our second decade and embark on an ambitious new strategy. We continue to expand our Community Writing Labs to support more children to access free writing programmes at our dedicated writing centre in east London, and are growing our support to schools to meet their needs through creative writing. Our attention-grabbing shop, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, is growling and growing to keep our monster customer base grizzly through new products and marketing.

Our approach to recruitment

We have an engaged, skilled and supportive board of trustees who work effectively together to support the charity and the executive team.

Our programmes and shop proudly serve a wonderfully diverse east London community. We particularly welcome candidates who define themselves as:

  • Black, Black British Caribbean and Black British African
  • Asian and Asian British
  • Turkish
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • From our local area (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington)
  • Working class
  • Disabled
Ready to take the next step?

To apply, please send us:

  • a short email, letter or video (no more than one side of A4 or a 2 minute video) to that tells us why you are interested in the role, and the skills and experience you bring
  • a CV, professional biography or an up-to-date LinkedIn profile
  • a completed diversity monitoring form

Deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 23rd April 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an interview via zoom on 30th April / 1st May. The successful candidate will be invited to join a full Board meeting as an observer, before being formally appointed at the following meeting.

If you have any access requirements please drop us a line to and we will do our best to support you to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About us

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing. We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and small group mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools, and at our dedicated writing centre in east London.

We empower young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas, creativity and imagination. Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot go back to support our work with young people.

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