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Trustee Recruitment

As we approach our 100th year we are looking for people to join our board of trustees.

At CPRE PDSY, we promote, enhance and protect the countryside for everyone’s benefit.

As a trustee, you will

  • support our vision to achieve a beautiful and thriving countryside that enriches all our lives
  • help maximise the opportunities presented in our centenary year throughout 2024
  • make a positive difference to the countryside
  • contribute to our long-term success


We work to:

  • Connect people and countryside; so that more people can enjoy its benefits
  • Promote rural life; so that the countryside and its communities thrive
  • Empower communities; so that people can help improve and protect their local environment
  • Grow our capacity; so that our work can continue now and in the future for generations to come

Why we want you

We’re incredibly proud of our work. For nearly 100 years we have being doing whatever it takes to promote, enhance and protect the Peak District and South Yorkshire countryside.

To continue our work in the future we need more support now from people who are passionate about the Peak District and South Yorkshire countryside. Becoming a trustee can be a hugely rewarding and fulfilling experience. As a trustee you’ll have an essential role in contributing towards the future direction of CPRE PDSY.

Who we are looking for

We want to ensure our board is diverse and represents our society as a whole. We welcome applications from groups who 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.

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

  • Contribute towards CPRE PDSY’s strategic direction
  • Set goals and targets and monitor progress towards these
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of CPRE PDSY
  • Ensure resources are applied exclusively in pursuance of CPRE PDSY’s objects
  • Safeguard the reputation and values of CPRE PDSY
  • Build closer relationships with the network of local CPREs across our region
  • Build relationships with potential donors and fundraising contacts
  • Represent CPRE PDSY at events and acting as a spokesperson, as required
  • Protect and manage the property of CPRE PDSY and ensure the proper investment of funds
  • Contribute to the appointment, support and monitoring of the chief executive
  • Ensure CPRE PDSY complies with its Memorandum and Articles, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Join 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 management
  • 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
  • We are keen to hear from people who can bring hands on experience and knowledge of the issues that we care about.

Ready to find out more?