Finance Lead

Finance Lead

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Darlington, DL3 0UG
Mainly at home
Travel limit? No specific limit.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
7-15 hours / week
Meetings - Income/ Budgeting/Council and Board Meetings 2-3 hours per month mostly evenings. 2 weekends per year for Strategy and Convention.

Responsible for ensuring that the Trust’s finance procedures are appropriate and are adhered and compliance with all finance legislation relevant to the Trust and its subsidiary companies. 

What will you be doing?

Key Responsibilities
 The holder will also be required to be Finance Director of all the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Trust
 Ensure that the Trust’s financial procedures are monitored and update them when necessary to ensure best practice and enable business development
 Ensure compliance with Charity Commission rules and guidance
 Submit Annual Trustees report to Charity Commission on or before due date
 Update Charity Commission and Companies House records as changes occur (directorship and trustee changes, changes of address)
 Submit Annual Confirmation Statements for each company to Companies House on due date
 Ensure Annual Accounts are submitted for each company on or before due date
 Liaison with Trust’s external auditors and accountants as required

The role encompasses the duties of a Company Secretary. .

Knowledge and Experience
A knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping is essential. Formal qualifications would be desirable but not essential.
Experience of running an organisation that has mostly volunteers and only a small number of staff is important in order to understand the modus operandi of the Trust.
An ability to carry out day-to-day tasks is essential as the Trust currently employs only two administrative staff and a bookkeeper who is on a part-time contract. This applies not only to the knowledge necessary but also the ability to donate the necessary time to the duties.
Personal Attributes
An ability to work as part of a busy team is vital, as is the ability to self-motivate.
As part of a relatively small team of volunteer directors and paid employees, a willingness to identify and act upon any issues that appear to require attention is essential.

What are we looking for?

A knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping is essential. Understanding of charity accounting practices. 

What difference will you make?

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is an organisation that has only two very specific objectives – (a) to
build main line steam locomotives and (b) to operate the completed locomotives on the main line.
To this end, the wider responsibilities of a Finance Lead in developing the business is very relevant. 

Your help and expertise will enable us to adapt and survive, to scope new possibilities, activities and ways of working..

Before you apply

Please send your CV with a covering statement.

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