Trustee of Streetwise Opera (Treasurer)

“Ambitious and inspiring” The Guardian
“Combining social purpose with serious artistic endeavour” New York Times
“Streetwise has completely changed my life” Streetwise Opera performer

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning national charity that uses music to help people make positive changes in their lives. Working with people who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness, we run workshop programmes across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.

Our productions platform the skills of our performers in a professional arena, showing that whatever life throws at them, they can achieve great things. Underpinning these, our workshop programme offers a dependable source of creativity in lives where everything else can be changing.

Streetwise Opera also runs With One Voice, an international movement which seeks to build the arts and homelessness sector globally through exchanges in policy and practice.

As we embark on our new Strategic Plan, Streetwise Opera is looking for a Trustee (treasurer) with the skills, knowledge and experience to support excellent governance and oversight. We welcome applications both from people who have previous experience of board-level governance, and those who do not.

As with all charity trustees, these are unpaid roles but Streetwise Opera will cover out-of-pocket expenses. We value diversity in our work and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly those who have experienced homelessness.

Trustee meetings take place four times a year in central London, usually in the early evening. A strategic planning evening also takes place annually. Trustees may also be invited to join Board subcommittees and to attend recruitment interviews, as well as performances and other public events.

Potential trustees should read the Charity Commission guidance "The essential trustee - what you need to know, what you need to do" (CC3).

Recruitment Process

Please download the Trustee (Treasurer) role description below.

Expressions of interest, consisting of a CV together with a short supporting statement (150 words maximum) and names of two referees whom we may approach, should be sent by email to

If you would like to have an informal conversation about one of the roles, please call the office on 020 7730 9551 to speak with one of our Co-Executive Directors, Susie Gorgeous and Bridget Rennie.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th June. Interviews for potential candidates will take place in early July in London.