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PCN Seeks Treasurer to Help Us Achieve Our Charitable Aims

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:30

PCN Seeks Treasurer, to Help Us Achieve Our Charitable Aims

The Photographic Collections Network is a specialist subject network, providing support for UK photographic collections. PCN aims to ensure that the value of photographic collections is acknowledged and maximised for the public benefit, in order that people can understand their own heritage and that of others.
We are on the journey to becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), and this will bring great opportunities for us to expand our reach and provide support for the UKs photographic collections and heritage. We are looking for people to help us to build this potential so we can better deliver on our aims. Are you the person that can help lead this change? We are looking to recruit Trustees to help steer our organisation during an exciting period in its development.

As part of PCNs commitment to supporting photographic collections and heritage, we need to develop our organisation and our sustainable future. As part of this journey we are looking to create a new board of trustees. We are also looking to secure long term sustainable premises that better support our activities and ambition. 
Currently we are seeking an interim Treasurer while we set up PCN as a CIO. There is the opportunity for the interim Treasure to apply to remain as PCN Treasurer when CIO status is achieved. At this time we will recruit additional Trustee roles. 

Our ideal candidate for the interim Treasurer would have accountancy qualification or an equivalent level of experience and expertise in accountancy and charity finance and reporting. A person working in Finance, Governance, Legal, with Charity experience either through an executive or previous Trustee role would be suitable. The candidate Ideally would have professional experience with organisational Governance and Financial management. A background in the photography or understanding of collections sector is not necessary but an enthusiasm and interest in the charitable sector is. If you have any of the skills listed above, we would love to hear from you.

Interim Treasurer Role:
Key to our fiscal responsibility we require a treasurer to oversee our finances as we become a CIO and continue to deliver our engagement programme for the Museums, Collections and Photographic Heritage sector supported by Arts Council England. The interim Treasurer will liaise with relevant staff, advisory board and Board members to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.

You will oversee the financial matters of the Photographic Collections Network in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements, and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation. The interim Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place, and are appropriate for the charity.
PCN welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and would love to hear from applicants who belong to groups underrepresented in the charitable sector.

Key Commitments:
- The Board will meet on average 4 times per year and we would expect board members to attend a minimum of 2/3 meetings (in person ideally or virtually). 
- Support our activities by attending events where possible.
- Act as an advocate for our organisation and its activities
- Be able to commit to a minimum 2 year term on our board
- All Trustee positions are voluntary and therefore unremunerated.

About PCN:
The Photographic Collections Network is a specialist subject network, providing support for UK photographic collections. PCN aims to provide support for anyone who owns or works with photographic collections by sharing knowledge, resources, and tools to care for collections. We aim to create and foster networks for those interested in the collections in order to unlock their potential, share and celebrate them, in an aim to ensure that the value of photographic collections is acknowledged and maximised for the public benefit.

How To Apply:
If you would like to have an informal chat about the interim Treasure Trustee role please send your contact details to Please title the mail ‘Trustee Interest’. We will then arrange for one of our existing Trustees to contact you.  Applications should be received no later than the 3rd May 2024. To apply, please send your C.V. and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages outlining your skills and experience to:
Applicants will be contacted by mid May and suitable candidates will be offered an interview date online in May/June.

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