Honorary Treasurer

Honorary Treasurer

At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial management


Work from home, RG8 9JA
Mainly at home
Travel limit? No specific limit, but (reimbursable) cost of travel to London is a factor.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
The two meetings a year in central London (May & November) require perhaps 2-3 hours to prepare the management accounts. The year end accounts andx


28 Jun 2024

The NMCT seeks an Honorary Treasurer to help preserve historic manuscripts and archives by awarding conservation grants.

What will you be doing?

The Charity

The NMCT helps to preserve important manuscript and archive collections by awarding grants for their conservation. Applications can be accepted from from all county record offices, non-national libraries and museums, local authority, university and specialist record repositories throughout the United Kingdom. 

Since our creation in 1990, we have given grants of over £3.8m towards projects with a total value of over £7.5m, which have helped to preserve important historical, literary, scientific and other documents. Many of the manuscripts conserved with our help were fragile and completely inaccessible before treatment; as a result of the NMCT’s grants, these documents have been preserved and can now be made accessible to researchers and the public.

The charity Trustees include several experts in the conservation of manuscripts.  

The Role

The Hon Treasurer is responsible for financial administration and for overseeing the performance of Cazenove who manage the investment portfolio (c.£2.5m). The charity's income comes from investments and donations. There are no employees. The grant and general administration is carried out by a super efficient Secretary / Administrator who acts as a consultant. There are no members or membership subscriptions. 

The role can be carried out at home Formal meetings take place in central London twice a year (usually May and November) to consider applications for grants. The Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are in fairly regular email contact.

The chief responsibilities of the Hon Treasurer are to

  • maintain the books of account for the few transactions during the year;
  • draw up the management accounts for the two Trustees meetings each year; and
  • prepare the statutory accounts and deal with the Independent Examination.


What are we looking for?

The Treasurer should ideally be a Chartered Accountant, and be familiar with the preparation of simple management accounts (for Trustee meetings) and year end accounts (for the independent examination). They should have some experience of the independent examination process and of monitoring the performance of the fund managers. 

This is not as hard as it sounds, as the charity is relatively small and the entire portfolio is invested in the Cazenove Sustainable Multi-Asset Fund,. Dividends are received quarterly and investment purchases or sales are infrequent.

What difference will you make?

The role of the Hon Treasurer is to be the voice of financial information, and to give the more academic Trustees accurate management accounts for the two meetings held in the year, and to keep the charity on track financially. There are no strategic challenges apart from the ever-present need to secure donations. The Secretary/Administrator takes the lead on this. 

The fellow Trustees are without exception all distinguished and engaging academics. As the retiring Treasurer (in office for 24 years), I would add that my time on the trust has been gently educational and I have enjoyed it immensely!


Before you apply

Please apply through Reach in the first instance detailing your interest in the role and relevant experience. There is no application form. It is likely that a first interview will be an informal Zoom chat with the current Treasurer.

  • Museums / heritage
  • Organisation type: 

    The chief object of the NMCT is to provide grants towards the cost of conserving manuscripts, which, in the opinion of the Trustees, are of historic or educational value. We can accept...