Head of Finance and Resources, Watts Gallery Trust

Location:Compton, Near Guildford, Surrey Salary:£55,000-£65,000 Main duties:

Financial Management:

  • Lead WGT’s finance function, ensuring its financial systems, controls and policies are fit for purpose and being adhered to by all departments.
  • Develop and lead the Finance team to make the most of their skills and experience, providing training, leadership and motivation.
  • Oversee and develop robust financial systems across payroll, pensions, VAT, Gift Aid, Direct Debits and the implementation of the financial integration of WGT’s new CRM and ticketing system.
  • Produce the annual revenue and capital budgets and long-term forecasts and support the financial delivery of WGT’s new four-year ACE business plan and NPO application for 2023-27.
  • Prepare timely and accurate management accounts (including KPIs) and provide analysis / interpretation to support individual budget holders in meeting their operational objectives and performance to optimise WGT’s financial goals. Work with Budget Holders to develop their financial understanding and ownership of individual budgets.
  • Implement daily cross-organisational reporting and forecasting mechanisms that allow the Director and the wider SMT to monitor performance, anticipate potential shortcomings and recommend corrective actions.
  • Oversee cash flow to ensure WGT has adequate funds to meet its day-to-day operational obligations, and its long-term aspirations.
  • Work with the Head of Development on the preparation of applications to major grant funders, sponsorship bids, corporate partnerships and major benefactors
  • Ensure all restricted, endowed and designated funds are accounted for properly.
  • Manage the annual external audit process, prepare consolidated accounts and annual report, working with Auditors and the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Manage WGT’s relationship with its bankers and investment fund managers and ensure the optimisation of its investment portfolio in alignment to its investment principles and values.
  • Responsible for continuous improvement of financial systems, processes and controls.

Legal and Regulatory:

  • Support the legal needs of WGT, referring matters to the Trust’s advisors as appropriate and acting as their primary point of contact.
  • Working in close liaison with the Head of Operations, oversee WGT’s insurance portfolio and act as primary contact for WGT’s insurance brokers.
  • Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Director and SMT regarding legal, regulatory and compliance matters and ensure timely delivery of all regulatory obligations.
  • Manage and optimise WGT’s tenancy portfolio in alignment with its vision and values and act as the primary contact directly for tenants and indirectly via estate agent tenancy managers (where applicable); oversee all tenancy negotiations.


  • Act as the primary contact point for Companies House, The Charity Commission, and in liaison with the Director, act as Company Secretary to the Board of Directors.
  • In association with the Director and Board of Trustees, enact all relevant recommendations from the 2021 Governance Review.
  • Create and maintain WGT’s strategic business continuity plan, working in liaison with the Head of Operations and SMT colleagues to ensure its regular testing, review and continual improvement.
  • Provide peer-to-peer SMT support to the Head of Operations in ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations, Safeguarding, Safety Management, Risk Management and other regulatory and legal compliance for which they have SMT portfolio-responsibility.
  • Participate in the Finance & Buildings Committee, act as a Director of the Trading Company, and a member of the Limnerslease Management Committee.

Human Resources:

  • Review HR policies and processes and implement changes to regulatory requirements to keep pace with best employment practices, including on accessibility, inclusion, team culture and people development. Ensure all policies and procedures are compliant and support progressive working practices, supported by the outsourced strategic HR advisor.
  • Provide advice and support to managers on employee relations issues including disciplinary, grievance, performance, capability, coaching and mentoring, and other people issues, supported by the HR advisor.
  • Oversee HR strategy, the development and implementation of an organisation-wide salary banding exercise, training programme, and the development of WGT’s staff benefits programme.
  • Provide leadership for staff wellbeing, team culture, people development, and fostering a culture of inclusion.
  • Oversee and manage the performance appraisal system.
  • Act as the primary point of contact with the HR advisor.
  • Work with the Head of Marketing and Communications to improve internal communications.

Internal and External Stakeholders:

  • Support the Director as required with strategic and operational leadership and management of the Trust.
  • Participate fully in the running of the organisation as a member of the SMT, advancing WGT’s sustainability and its values of inclusivity.
  • Work collaboratively with political and other stakeholders across the region to advance WGT’s mission, vision and objectives.
  • Represent WGT internally and externally, building excellent relationships with partners, staff, volunteers, Board, governance committee members, peer organisations and supporters.
  • Represent WGT on Compton Parish Council (subject to election) and act as the primary point of contact for the Parish Council and community relations.
  • Deputise for the Director if required

• Any other duties as may reasonably be requested by the Director.
• Occasional attendance at evening or weekend events will be required, for which Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) will be provided.


Skills and Experience

• 5 years + board level strategic experience in a broad commercial or charity financial role.
• Experience of charity accounting.
• Experience of using Sage financial accounting software.
• Strategic line management experience of the Human Resources function with a strong understanding of best practice, including building team culture and people development.
• A detailed knowledge of the financial and regulatory context for charities and companies in the UK.
• A proven track record of successful financial, budgetary and regulatory control.
• Excellent oral and written skills, able to present complex propositions in a simple and clear style.
• A clear eye for detail yet able to get to the heart of an issue and propose workable solutions and improvements.
• An inspiring manager who can motivate their colleagues, manage their performance and support their development.
• Strong negotiating skills.
• Ability to work under pressure with a good sense of humour.
• An understanding of an interest in the arts and specifically the visual arts.
• A strategic understanding of IT management, planning and oversight is desirable.

Knowledge and Qualifications

A qualified (ACA, CIMA or ACCA) accountant with significant strategic financial experience in an organisation of the complexity and scale of Watts Gallery Trust.

Key Competencies

• A capable leader able to provide both strategic direction and tactical delivery of day-to-day financial and resource management.
• Demonstrates behaviours attuned to our mission, vision and values.
• Able to identify issues and provide workable solutions.
• Highly effective verbal and written communicator.
• Creative and innovative thinker.
• Adaptable and flexible operator.
• Collaborative with strong team working.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humour.
• Strong financial management and business planning skills.
• Strong Project Management skills.
• Strong IT skills, including Excel and Sage.
• Highly proactive and self-motivated.
• High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
• Excellent strategic decision-making and problem-solving skills.
• Able to work under pressure.

Interview date:01/07/2021 Closing date:17/06/2021 Job Description:


Watts Gallery Trust has an exciting opening for the new role of Head of Finance and Resources and is looking for a highly motivated individual able to provide strategic leadership and tactical delivery. Key accountabilities include:

Responsibility for WGT’s strategic financial management, strategic and tactical Human Resources management, the organisation’s legal, regulatory and governance framework, its tenancy portfolio, its annual audit process, its investment fund, and key relationships with its insurance, legal and human resources advisors, and to provide strategic peer-to-peer Senior Management Team (SMT) support to the Head of Operations who has portfolio responsibility for IT, Risk, Safety Management, GDPR and Safeguarding.

Watts Gallery Trust is fully committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage BAME and disabled applicants and value the positive impact difference has on our teams.


Watts Gallery Trust (WGT) is an independent charity established in 1904 to manage the legacy of George Frederic Watts OM RA, one of the leading artists of the nineteenth century. Today, Watts Gallery Trust is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation that oversees Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. Consisting of Limnerslease, the former home of artists G F Watts and Mary Seton Watts, the Grade I listed Watts Cemetery Chapel, designed by Mary Watts, the Pottery Building that formerly housed the Compton Potters Arts Guild, and Watts Gallery established in 1904 as the UK’s first single artist museum, the Artists’ Village is a leading regional visitor attraction. The Trust delivers an ambitious and far-reaching engagement and learning programme in prisons, in the local community and onsite, working to deliver its founders’ Art for All ethos with some of the most vulnerable in society. It also manages the Artist’s Studio Museum Network of 157 artist’s studio museums across Europe, and the thriving Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, which is located in Compton, outside Guildford across 18 acres of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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