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Hon Treasurer Keats-Shelley Memorial Association

Play a key role in managing the finances of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association as Hon Treasurer and Trustee of the Board, to support the preservation and development of the Keats-Shelley House and Museum in Rome, and a range of programmes and events in both Rome and the UK.

  • Location: London (with occasional travel to Rome)
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Who we are.

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (KSMA) was founded in 1903 to maintain and support the Keats-Shelley House, an 18th-century Palazzo, at 26 Piazza di Spagna, Rome, now a museum devoted to the English Romantic poets – John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The House is open to the public and performs an educational and cultural role in the life of Rome, and those associated with Italy and with an interest in English Literature. The Museum houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of memorabilia, letters, manuscripts, and paintings related to Keats, Shelley, as well as Bryon, Wordworth, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browing, Oscar Wilde and others. The House offers outreach programmes, lectures, and events and organises a poetry competition for school students.

In the UK, the Association publishes a bi-annual journal and periodic newsletters. It organises a range of events such as lectures, poetry-reading and dramatic presentations. They also organise the annual Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize for poetry and essay-writing at an annual ceremony in London.

The Keats-Shelley Memorial House and Museum are heritage assets managed by the Association, a registered UK charity, who has a key role in its maintenance, and the protection and development of its collection. Overall, the Association plays an important role in Anglo-Italian cultural relations.

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is an independent UK charity which receives no official funding. It relies on admissions, membership, rental and investment income, charitable grants, donations, legacies, and events to maintain and conserve the building and its contents, and to develop the collection and outreach programmes and activities. Annual income in the last published Report and Financial Statements was £535,000 with annual expenditure of around £512,000. The average number of people employed by the Association was 6 who are all employed at the House in Rome.

The Board

The Association is a UK-registered charity with a Board of Trustees. There is a Sub-Committee in Rome which oversees the care and management of the House, Museum, collections and staff.

The UK Board has 16 Trustees including the Chair, Sir Ivor Roberts. The Rome Sub-Committee has 16 Members. The Chair of the Rome Sub-Committee is an ex-officio member of the UK Board.

Who we are looking for.

The Hon Treasurer has an active and overall responsibility for the financial affairs of the Charity, such as bookkeeping, budgeting, and preparation of reports. It is also the leading interface on financial responsibilities, advice, guidance, and reassurance to the Board of Trustees.

The position requires someone who has a clear passion for, and commitment to the Association and its objectives to preserve the memory and appreciation of the works of Keats and Shelley.

It is important to have a good understanding and experience in financial management and accounting, with strong business and financial acumen, and an understanding and acceptance of the legal, financial, and regulatory liabilities of a charity.

The role needs a collaborative team player who respects and values other points of view, can contribute effectively to discussion with an independent view, and participates with calmness and tact in an inclusive and outcome-focussed way.

Time Commitment

The Hon Treasure needs to give the necessary time to undertake the required duties, prepare for, and attend meetings, and support events and activities. The time commitment is around 2 days per month.

There are a minimum of 4 Board meetings per year held in London (or virtually), an AGM in September, and an international meeting in Rome each October requiring occasional travel to Rome.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07932 557505

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

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    Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07932 557505

    Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

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