Mentor for Trustees

South London Botanical Institute


Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Carly Eck

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental education

Closing date: Tuesday, 25th June 2019  

The SLBI was founded in 1910. It is visited by approximately 3000 visitors each year for school visits, adult talks/workshops/courses/walks/meetings etc. We have a botanic library, herbarium and garden, and our rooms are also hired out to other organisations. As our botanical education work continues to grow, SLBI has recently been awarded a grant for Botanical Education: Thriving & Sustainable (‘BEST’) under the (former) Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) Resilient Heritage Programme – now National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

BEST is an eighteen month project to improve the SLBI's long term sustainability through strategic planning (developing a business plan 2020-2025), raising individual giving and, in turn, strengthening our governance. Trustees will have oversight of BEST. They will have a specific responsibility in contributing to business development and to the 2020 strategy review and 2020-2025 Business Plan.

Mentor role

We are seeking a mentor who will be able to work with and support the trustees through this process with several meetings over approximately 12 months. We envisage that this role will require several full or half day meetings with some or all trustees throughout the period.

The main mentor objectives are:

  • To mentor trustees on organisational change as an integral part of charity income-generation.
  • Support & advise trustees in shadowing good practice in other organisations/sites, both income generation and governance.
  • To evaluate outcomes of visits together with the strategic and practical implications for SLBI.
  • Mentor trustees in considering trustee skill audit, governance review, trustee recruitment & succession to accommodate organisational development & changes.

The main requirements for the mentor are that s/he is:

  • Professional, competent, familiar with mentoring trustees for business development & organisational change.
  • Able to facilitate discussion across a variety of viewpoints, skills and experiences.
  • Understand the needs, challenges and strengths of a small charity like SLBI.
  • Able to summarise finding and recommendations in a written form.

Having reviewed what we are seeking in a mentor, if this is this an initiative you would be interested in, we are keen to hear from you.

Please apply with a covering letter, CV and and a quotation for the above work to include:

  • Relevance experience/knowledge/skills
  • Cost
  • How many days you would expect the work to take
  • When you would be able to do it. Please also advise of your availability in June, July & August.

Please email me your response by 5pm on 25th June 2019. 

We will invite short-listed candidates to interview in late June/early July, subject to everyone’s availability, with a view to an initial meeting with the trustees by the end of August 2019. 

Please mention when responding to this ad.