Trustee opportunity: Treasurer to join our board

As one of the most iconic mountaineers of the 1970s, the Mountain Heritage Trust was delighted to finally bring Pete Boardman’s almost 10,000 strong slide collection under one roof. Working with the Boardman family and the Chris Bonington Picture Library, the extensive slide collection was donated to the Trust in 2017, with Pete’s papers and personal material following in 2018. All this is now stored in our archive at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre.

Two of our volunteers, Sue and Sheila, began cataloguing the slides in February 2018 and discovered just how extensive the collection is. Beginning in 1965 until Pete’s death on Everest in 1982, the slides document many of his high profile expeditions to the greater ranges; Hindu Kush in 1972, the South West Face of Everest in 1975, Changabang in 1976, K2 in 1978, Kangchenjunga in 1979, Kongur in 1981 and Everest in 1982. The slides are a unique insight in to one of the most significant periods in British mountaineering history, at a time when new lightweight approaches to the Greater Ranges were being pioneered. Yet as well as these international expeditions, the images are a unique snapshot of 1970s climbing life, with UK crags such as the Wye Valley and Alpine trips in 1974 and 1977; as well as the Caucaus, Tatras, Corsica and Australia all pictured. Access to the collection can be requested by getting in touch through the website.

The Mountain Heritage Trust would like to extend their sincere thanks to both the Boardman family and our volunteers for ensuring that this valuable archive is preserved for the years ahead. With the slides organised, work is now beginning on re-boxing the slides in specialist archive boxes and our thanks go to the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust who have paid for these.

The Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT), the heritage arm of the British Mountaineering Council, is a non-profit charity established in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. Second to none in terms of breadth, Britain has a proud legacy in the Alps, the Himalaya and the other great mountain ranges as well as closer to home on British rock. Pioneers in techniques from the earliest days, Britain’s climbers and mountaineers have also led the way in preservation and conservation of traditions, culture and mountain heritage.

We are looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to help guide and advise us on the financial health of the Trust. Responsibilities are outlined below:

Role requirements

• Maintain an overview of the Trust’s financial affairs and ensure its financial viability

• Ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained
• Liaise with the Accounts Department at the British Mountaineering Council for details of cash flow, income and expenditure to support current and projected accounts information
• Ensure that the Trust complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
• Provide financial guidance on new initiatives and advise on the financial implications of the Trust’s strategic plans
• Make a formal presentation of the accounts at quarterly board meetings and at the end of the year for audit purposes in a coherent and easily understandable way, and advising on the corrective action that may be required when difficulties arise
• Be available to attend at three out of four meetings each year of our Trustee Board.
• Be able to spend time in between meetings reviewing and acting on financial information and data
• Be available to occasionally meet with the Chair of the Trustees at a mutually convenient time
• Have a willingness to work as a team, and actively participate in discussions that relate to the running of the Trust’s financial affairs

Person Specification

• Commitment to the Trust
• Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
• Strategic vision
• Good, independent judgement
• Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• Have financial qualifications and/or experience of financial management and reporting
• Be keen to support the conserving of the UK’s mountain heritage.

For further information or an informal discussion about the role please contact Ms Terry Tasker, MHT Chair of Board, via email – terrytasker@btinternet.com or telephone – 01653 696738.

Applications including a covering letter and CV should be sent to enquiries@mountain-heritage.org

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