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About the organisation

Our work at Paintings in Hospitals is founded on Cultural Democracy: a democratic approach to arts and culture that actively engages everyone in determining what is classed as culture, where it happens, who makes it, and who accesses it.


The primary function of our work is to make art accessible. We cannot do this without also addressing the biases present in existing systems and working to dismantle the intrinsic inequities and injustices in our society.


Diversity enhances and deepens the impact of the arts. Paintings in Hospitals is committed to ensuring diversity across our staff, board, programmes, and audiences, reflecting our communities throughout the country. We aim to be an open and progressive organisation with equity at the forefront of our work.


We aim to transform the UK's wellbeing by using world-class art to inspire better health for patients, carers, and communities. Recognised by the Department of Health, NHS England and Arts Council England as a leading organisation in the field, we hold the UK’s only national art collection specifically collected to improve health and wellbeing. Using our collection, we provide artwork loans and activities for the benefit of the public who visit, work, or live in all types of healthcare, community and social care spaces.


We have over 3,500 artworks in our collection, including drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, textiles and digital works. World-class artists are represented, including Yinka Shonibare, Helen Chadwick, Anish Kapoor, Elizabeth Blackadder, Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Gillian Ayres, Ben Rivers, Catherine Yass, Ben Nicholson, Alexander Calder, Dame Elisabeth Frink and many more. Our artist patrons are Ian Davenport, Sir Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Bridget Riley and Edmund de Waal, all of whom have artworks in the collection.


Co-creation is the cornerstone of our work. In healthcare environments, we empower patients, service users, and carers to get the most from our artworks by offering bespoke creative workshops and activities that provide the knowledge and confidence to get the most from visual art. These activities involve patients and carers choosing the artworks they want for display, giving them a say in their own care environment and care experience.


In community spaces, we aim to improve social connections and wellbeing for people affected by isolation and health inequality. Participants are involved in every aspect, from choosing artworks, to meaningfully engaging with skilled art practitioners to ensure the best experience. For example, our Art Meets Book project, funded by the Arts Council England, uses community workshops to inspire and empower participants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to select artworks for display in public libraries, which they explore through a range of storytelling, poetry, drawing and painting sessions. Workshops open up discussions about art, life experiences and how creativity enhances health and wellbeing. Their personal responses are displayed alongside the chosen artworks as part of the exhibition.


In 2024 the charity will celebrate its 65th anniversary.

About the role

Paintings in Hospitals has a small, dedicated and highly efficient team lead by an experienced and dynamic Director & Chief Executive. The Trustees who serve on the Finance & General Purposes Committee have substantial executive level financial management expertise, and our financial processing up to basic management accounts is very competently delivered by an outsourced book-keeping service.


However, we lack Finance Director level support for our Director & Chief Executive which would allow her to focus her time on strategic delivery, and which would enable Trustees to focus their involvement to strategic oversight of the charity’s finances.


This volunteer role would:


Strategy, Governance and Leadership

  • Support the Director & Chief Executive with translating the vision, goals, and strategy of the organisation into budgeted operational and business plans.

  • Support the Director & Chief Executive and the Board of Trustees in ensuring good governance and regulatory compliance.

  • Support on reporting to the Board of Trustees and to key stakeholders.


Finance Management

  • Advise the Director & Chief Executive on all aspects of financial strategy and management. Assisting with preparation and presenting financial analysis and reports to Finance and General Purposes Committee and Board as required.

  • Review internal systems and processes and offer advice on improvements that could be made to enable effective day-to-day and strategic management of the organisation’s finance.

  • Advise on the process of budget preparation and monitoring.

  • Work with the Director and Chief Executive and the Independent Examiners on the year end processes with respect to statutory reporting and the annual independent examination.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for a qualified accountant, with good financial management reporting experience who is looking to gain experience of working with a CEO and reporting to a board sub-committee, offering strategic advice and practical support on financial management, risk management, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.


Essential skills and qualities

  • Interest in the impact that the arts can make on people’s health and wellbeing
  • Qualified accountant
  • Experience of budgeting and budget management
  • Experience of the production of management accounts and other financial reports for management purposes
  • Knowledge and understanding of charity SORP and the production of statutory accounts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Analytical approach to problem solving with the ability to gather, analyse and present data.


Desirable skills and qualities

  • Previous Charity / Arts / Health sector experience
  • Experience of board level reporting.

What’s in it for you

By providing this level of financial strategic management support you will help the Director and CEO’s maximise the use of her time and skills in driving forward the Paintings in Hospital’s strategy and provide the board of trustees with improved financial oversight and enable them to focus on their governance oversight responsibilities.


As the volunteer in this role you would gain an insight into the strategic and operational workings of a small to medium sized charitable organisation and would benefit from mentoring by experienced senior finance and strategic management professionals. You will gain experience working with senior management and board members which will help you progress your career, both towards senior level employed roles and preparedness for volunteer board roles.


Your work will make a difference to a national charity whose small team is at the forefront of using art for health and wellbeing and your work will enable the charity to become more resilient.

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Strategic Financial Management Volunteer

Paintings in Hospitals

Apply by

31 May 2023






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Time commitment

1-3 hours per week
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