Becoming a Trustee means taking on a voluntary role to support and guide a charitable organisation to achieve agreed vision and goals. Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of a charity. As a member of our Board of Trustees you will be part of the strategic leadership of the Trust, helping us achieve our vision and ensuring that the Trust fulfils its charitable purpose, mission and values.
Avon Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of our volunteers and members we manage 30 nature reserves for wildlife and people across the West of England region (the former County of Avon). We enable wildlife’s recovery by working in partnership to restore, create and connect habitats, and increase species abundance. We connect people with nature and help them take action for wildlife where they are.
To help us maintain a Board with a full range of relevant skills and expertise, we are particularly looking for candidates with expertise in:
· conservation – you have a good understanding of nature conservation in practice, deep knowledge of local wildlife, or skills in wildlife communications that will help inform our work to conserve, restore and inspire people with wildlife in our area,
· behaviour change – you have a good understanding of how to inspire and motivate people to take action and how to create a movement for change using “new power” approaches and can help us to achieve our strategic goal for 1 in 4 people to be taking action for wildlife,
· fundraising – you have significant experience in generating charitable income from a variety of channels and the capacity to help us develop our approach to revenue and capital fundraising through channels including membership, grants and trusts, appeals and community fundraising,
We want to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects the communities that we serve. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are currently underrepresented on our Board who share our vision of nature-rich places that benefit everyone. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, and LGBTQI+ people. We would also welcome applications from women to help re-establish our Board’s gender balance.
We would also strongly welcome applications from current AWT volunteers, who could help to represent our volunteers on the Board.
If you are over 18, share our passion for making a difference and feel you can help us in these roles, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
More information about the Trust can be found at www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk.
A full Trustee candidate’s pack can be found at https://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs
To apply, please upload a CV and covering letter to our recruitment portal at https://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs/ detailing how you meet the areas of expertise above and the skills you are able to offer.
If you would like to discuss this role or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a conversation can be arranged.
Closing date: 26 September 2023
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by an initial selection panel on or around Wednesday 4 October.
Second interviews for selected candidates will be held on or around Wednesday 11 October.
(Please let us know in your application if you are unable to make interview dates - we may be able to arrange a suitable alternative).
At the end of the process, the successful candidates will become the Board’s nominees for election as Trustees at our AGM on 9 October.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Trustees should expect to devote at least 5 hours per month to Trust affairs
West of England (old County of Avon area)
Tuesday, 26 September 2023