Chair of Trustees

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 7th June 2024  

Chair of Trustees - Voluntary
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Office)
Can be located within a commutable distance 
Approximately equating to 4 days per month on average for a four-year term + Council Meetings and AGM
Closing Date: 7 June 2024
1st Interviews: 18 June 2024
Second interviews: 26 or 27 June 2024

We’re at an exciting time in the Trust’s development. In 2022 we adopted a new theory of change and impact measurement framework setting out how we will implement The Wildlife Trusts’ strategy for 2030 in Shropshire. We build on the Trust’s strong reputation and detailed experience to develop ambitious new programmes to deliver the strategic goals in Shropshire, and in partnership with other Trusts in the Severn basin and the Wilder Marches.

We are looking for a forward thinking and inclusive Chair, who can combine personal humility with an urgency to achieve the Trust’s strategic goals and the drive to support ongoing organisational development. This is a demanding, yet rewarding, role suited to someone who can navigate through complex relationships and communicate well at all levels.

Experience of conservation is not essential. More important is an understanding of governance and of the charity sector, an ability to see the strategic picture, lead change, and harness the skills of talented board members.

What you will be doing:

We’re looking for those who can lead the trustee board in ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation by ensuring that the organisation acts in accordance with its constitution, the Charity Commission Code of Practice and by managing its activities. You'll work in partnership with the Chief Executive helping them to achieve the Trust’s strategic goals, and with the trustee board ensure appropriate line management of the CEO. 

Further to this we’re looking for those who can optimise the relationship between the board and staff/volunteers; and between SWT and the other Trusts and attend all board meetings plus RSWT events such as open days, conferences and leaders days where appropriate. 

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience as a Chair
  • A natural team player and good listener
  • Leading, motivating, and empowering others
  • Building trusting relationships – diplomatic, gutsy but caring
  • Rational, clear thinker who forms judgements independently
  • Developing strategy and effecting change
  • Leading with a visionary and strategic perspective
  • Some understanding of relevant legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities (although training will be given)
  • Financial acumen

It would be advantageous to have experience in a not-for-profit/public sector organisation, however this is not essential.

The role requires a time commitment – approximately equating to four days per month on average for a four-year term, which can be renewed by mutual agreement. In addition, there are four council meetings and an AGM to chair annually (currently there is no vice-chair). This is a voluntary position; it is not remunerated although expenses are reimbursed.

The Trust is committed to building an equal, diverse and inclusive workforce we encourage applications from a diverse range of suitably qualified candidates.

No enquiries from agencies or for further advertising will be taken.

About us:

Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) has a vision of a thriving natural world, where Shropshire's wildlife and natural habitats play a valued role in addressing the climate and ecological emergencies, and people are inspired and empowered to take action for nature. We combine projects across Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin) with advocacy and campaigning to restore nature and to engage people. We manage over 40 nature reserves and have almost 50 staff, 300 volunteers, and over 9000 members. SWT is an autonomous charity, but we are increasingly working collectively, as part of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT), to ensure that our local actions have a national impact and help to address global issues.

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