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Non-Executive Finance Director

The Opportunity

Chiltern is an award-winning social enterprise, that provides music therapy, community music services and training to over 2000 people of all ages and many different needs across England.

Formed in 2011 from a desire to change how music therapy was offered in the UK, we hold accessibility and financial inclusivity at our heart, working across health, education, social care and community settings. Proud to be a self-managed and employee-owned organisation, we strive to create a world where music therapy is the transformative thread in the lives of the children and adults we support. You can find out more about us here.

We are looking to recruit a new Non-Executive Finance Director, to add to the skill set and experience of our board. We encourage candidates from a board background, actively encouraging diversity of age, gender and ethnicity on our Board. Live experience that relates to our work in any way is particularly desirable.

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Board structure

As an Employee Owned organisation, Chiltern has a Board of Directors who seek to guide the organisation and its members. The Board of Directors is three years old in its current structure.

The Board is a supportive entity who guide and advise on key areas of business development, strategy, finance, organisational development, staff welfare and legality.

Perhaps differently from other boards of Directors, the Board is there to safeguard the organisation and be a legal buck-stop. The day to day running of the organisation, decision making and company strategy are held by the operational team (circles). The Board connects directly to the Membership Council and the Anchor Circle to create a holistic circle of care around the organisation.

Salary and Hours

The appointment will initially be for two years, with the option of renewing at the end of this period up to a further 2 years.

Minimum commitment: 12 meeting hours per year, plus optional attendance at Chiltern Team days twice a year. Additional input as required: Directors may be required to support the operational team with areas related to their skill set and expertise on an ad hoc basis.

Induction period: Attendance at various online meetings over the initial month, approximately 16 hours.

The Chiltern Board holds quarterly, 3-hour meetings, in London or a location in the South East (online attendance is available).

£1500 per annum plus travel expenses.

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2024. If you are successful, invitations for interview will take place after 31st August and interviews will take place online in the weeks commencing 9th and 16th September 2024.

Role and conditions

What you will be doing:

  • Attendance at Board meetings will be your primary way of learning about the needs of the organisation.
  • Utilising your experience to identify gaps and tensions in existing processes and approaches and supporting team members to consider new solutions and approaches to work in your area of expertise.
  • Being a guide, mentor and support to team members across the organisation, as needed
  • Committing to learning about our way of working and your own personal and professional growth.

Benefits to staff

By joining the board at this relatively new part in its journey, you will have the opportunity to contribute your experience, skills and expertise to an organisation that is doing things differently. Your input will support over 50 members of staff and the hundreds of children and adults who access our services each year.

What Chiltern Music Therapy is looking for

  • Good organisational skills and an interest in how organisations work,
  • A commitment to Chiltern for next 2 years at least.
  • A willingness to learn and a positive attitude to thinking about things differently.
  • A willingness to have high-level and abstract conversations
  • A holistic perspective, considering the big picture and wider oversight,
  • Being comfortable responding to financial information and data,
  • Being involved in decision-making as needed,
  • Being comfortable with uncertainty,
  • Asking good questions!

Next steps

To apply, please email For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please contact