Trustee Vacancies

Earth Trust is seeking to appoint up to four Trustees

We are looking for exceptional people to bring their experiences, ideas, skills and abilities to support the transformation of the Trust as we embark on the next exciting chapter in our nearly 40-year history. The Board of Trustees aim to contribute to the Earth Trust achieving greater impact through the delivery of our ambitious strategy.

We are looking for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to join our Board, to challenge us, support us in specific areas of our strategic focus and champion what we do and what we want to achieve. Above all, we’re looking for people who are passionate about making a difference supporting high quality green spaces for all. Earth Trust is about fresh thinking and engaging everyone in the environment, deeply and meaningfully, so we are looking for diversity, for collaborators, for people who can open doors and who have the ability to influence.

If you have these qualities, we would love you to hear from you to explore how you want to get involved.

About Earth Trust and its Board of Trustees

Earth Trust champions accessible natural green spaces and our mission is to give access to and experience of the environment; together there will be better understanding of what is needed to care for the planet. We look after over 500 hectares of woodland, wetland and farmland in Oxfordshire and five community nature reserves in the towns of Wallingford, Abingdon and Didcot.
Our ambition is that everyone has access to natural green spaces where they live and work. This vital green infrastructure, our ‘front line’ where nature recovery meets climate emergency is critical for people’s health and mental wellbeing and the sustainability of the planet.

We are embarking on a number of priority objectives that will significantly increase our offer, impact, financial sustainability and community support. These new initiatives in 2021 include the development of the existing Earth Trust Centre into a fully functioning welcome destination, the Gateway Programme, and new wetland on the banks of the Thames and Thame for nature recovery. They will:

  • Demonstrate and communicate sustainable environmental and land management
  • Care for, improve and interpret natural places
  • Engage people in the environmental ecosystems that support us all
  • Ensure financial resilience and sustainability

The Board of Trustees is the Earth Trust’s governing body. It is ultimately responsible for everything that happens at the Trust and for meeting its statutory purpose. Its job is to ensure the Trust is managed the way it wishes it to be. The Board does this by agreeing a strategy and budgets and holding the Chief Executive and her executive team to account.

Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds: government, charity and business. We also need people with political influence. All Trustees are appointed for an initial term of three years and are eligible to re-stand. Members normally serve for two terms in order to ensure a balance of continuity and refreshment. There are normally 10 Trustees on the Board but given the organisation’s planned metamorphosis this could be higher.

The Board of Trustees normally meets four times a year although in addition, Trustees are encouraged to take on responsibility and participate/Chair sub-committees, task and finish groups and support the executive and staff where they can.
How to apply

Your application, to include a CV and covering letter, should describe how you want to contribute to the above with specific emphasis on one or more of the following areas:

  • National environmental learning and education
  • Visitor experience (engaging visitors through experience; engaging visitors through green spaces – facilitated access & online)
  • Heritage sector
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Communications, Marketing and Digital
  • Business and project management
  • Volunteering capability for growth
  • Fundraising capability (Securing donations; Securing grants, trusts and foundations)

To see some of what is currently achieved and our exciting plans, please visit our What We Do page.

If you are interested in applying to become a Trustee, please send an email with your CV and covering letter to Chief Executive Jayne Manley at [email protected] by Friday 5 February 2021.

(Please note this is a rolling deadline, with first applications to be reviewed from Friday 5 February;  applications will be also welcomed after this date until the vacancies are filled.)

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