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Trustee Recruitment

Tomo Thompson
By Tomo Thompson
15th March 2023

As we approach our 99th year we are looking for additional trustees to join our board to help us to achieve our vision, maximise the success of our centenary and ensure the long-term success of our charity.

We believe that the countryside is for everyone and that a thriving beautiful countryside rich in nature will play a crucial role in the response of the Peak District and South Yorkshire to the climate emergency. We work hard to enhance, promote and protect the countryside, including the communities within it.

Our board of trustees leads and shapes CPRE PDSY to ensure the charity inspires people to care for and enjoy the benefits of the countryside wherever they live.

We aim to influence local government, as well as raising the profile of countryside issues locally such as the climate crisis, renewable energy, truly affordable housing, loss of green belt, regenerative farming, land management and sustainable transport.

With your support we can do even more! As a Trustee you’ll have an essential role in contributing towards the future direction of CPRE PDSY.

Deadline – rather than setting a deadline for applications we remain open at all times to having a conversation with anyone about the possibility of them joining the Board of Trustees. We do currently require additional Trustees so would encourage you to drop us an email as soon as possible !!

Why we want you

We’re looking for new trustees this year and are particularly keen to hear from people who can bring hands on experience and knowledge of the subjects and issues that we care about.

We’re keen to ensure our board is diverse and represents our whole society. We welcome applications from groups which are under-represented in trustee roles and in CPRE, including women, people with a disability and people of colour. Ideally you will live in South Yorkshire or the Peak District.

By becoming a Trustee with us you’ll be helping to find positive solutions for issues facing the countryside and the environment. By applying your skills and experience you can make a real difference and be a central part of a passionate charity, determined to make a change.

As a Trustee you’ll contribute towards decisions to develop our charity in line with our strategy and policy. You’ll also ensure our compliance with Charity Commission and other legal and governance regulations.

Board members initially serve a three-year term and may serve nine years in total.

This is not a ‘passive’ role and there will be some demands upon your time. The Board meets formally quarterly (for one evening), but there are multiple sub-committees, issues, and projects that you will be expected to lead or contribute to throughout the year. You should expect to have to commit at least a few hours per week to the role, and often more.

What you will be doing

  • Contributing towards setting CPRE’s strategic direction by defining our overall policy
  • Setting goals and targets and monitoring progress towards these
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of CPRE PDSY
  • Ensuring resources are applied exclusively in pursuance of CPRE PDSY’s objects
  • Safeguarding the reputation and values of CPRE PDSY
  • Building closer relationships with the network of local CPREs across our Region
  • Building relationships with potential donors and fundraising contacts
  • Occasionally representing CPRE PDSY at events and acting as a spokesperson
  • Protecting and managing the property of CPRE PDSY and ensuring the proper investment of funds
  • Contributing to the appointment, support and monitoring of the chief executive
  • Ensuring CPRE complies with its Memorandum and Articles, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Joining a sub-committee or working group of the board, based on your interests and experience

The skills you need

  • Proven experience of one or more of: fundraising / campaigning / environmental issues / transport / planning / communications / third sector law / human resource managment
  • The ability to operate impartially and objectively, including the necessity to avoid any perception of political partiality of alignment
  • Commitment to CPRE PDSY’s vision, values and strategy and an awareness of issues facing the countryside
  • Proven big-picture thinking ability combined with the ability to process details and get to the heart of an issue
  • The ability to network and build relationships at all levels
  • The commitment to devote the necessary time and effort needed for this role
  • Excellent communication skills along with tact and diplomacy
  • An understanding of the responsibilities of charity trustees

What’s in it for you

  • Use your skills and experience to contribute to the success of our charity and make a positive difference to the countryside
  • Meet like-minded people and enjoy being part of a team
  • Enhance your CV by developing new skills and gaining valuable experience
  • We’ll support you to develop in the role and provide you with relevant training including an induction
  • We’ll give you a reference for your future work or volunteering
  • Get involved with social events and workshops on a local and national level, including the annual CPRE conference
  • We provide out-of-pocket travel expenses
  • The opportunity to be involved in the centenary celebrations of the charity in 2024
  • Next Steps = To get a taste of what we care about and campaign on, you can read lots more about the current work of the charity, and our important history, elsewhere on the website. Please drop an email to Tomo Thompson (CEO) to arrange an initial chat about trusteeship in the charity

    Thank you for your interest in supporting the charity.