Trustee Board Member

CPRE London


Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 8th March 2019  

About the role of General Board Member with Urban Development Expertise

CPRE London is actively seeking an enthusiastic supporter of green spaces in London to join our Trustee Board and organisation to build upon our success as a respected organisation in the planning and development of London. CPRE London is specifically seeking a General Board Member who can contribute to our strategic vision and project development with particular insight in the urban design and development space. This is an excellent opportunity to play a senior role in a respected environmental organisation, applying your skills and experience to make a real difference in improving London’s built environment and enhancing London’s green spaces.

CPRE London is one of the largest regional branches of the national environmental charity, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The “urban” character of our organisation is unique within the CPRE network. This provides the London branch with large scope to lead on London specific issues and providing expertise to support CPRE nationally in respect of the interplay between urban development and encroachment on the countryside.

The new general board member should share a passion for green spaces and sustainable urban development. The new Board member should be someone who is enthusiastic and has commitment to the following issues:

  • Protect and enhance the use of London’s green spaces
  • Improve London’s built environment and green infrastructure
  • Promote public appreciation and enjoyment of London’s landscapes

Role Description

We are actively seeking a new board member to bolster the knowledge of urban development/design/planning currently within the Board. We would expect this Board member to actively contribute to discussions on strategy and project development. In addition, we would expect the post holder to work with the other officers, general Trustees, and staff to develop CPRE London’s strategies and provide general advice as needed.

We are actively seeking to propose for election at the May 2019 AGM a General Trustee Board member with specific industry knowledge in urban development and/or good networking within that space.

We are looking for someone with a mix of design/development/planning expertise to fulfil this position. This role is for a candidate who is interested in a range of issues around the natural environment and wants to be part of an organisation that campaigns for the sustainable use of land and other natural resources to protect and enhance the environment and quality of life in London. Knowledge of or familiarity with London’s planning process would be helpful.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Always act in the best interests of the charity
  • Provide guidance and ensure CPRE London’s compliance with meeting requirements of the Charity Commission
  • Work with the Chair, other Trustees, and staff as needed
  • Apply design and development expertise to CPRE London’s strategy and projects

Specific Role Responsibilities

  • Actively contributing to the urban development strategic vision and project-specific issues as needed
  • Educating the Board and staff on specific urban development and design issues
  • Representing the Branch at public meetings, in meetings with local politicians, government officers, and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Contributing to the overall strategic direction of the charity
  • Being a general trustee with all the standard general legal and oversight duties required.

Person Specification

  • General urban development/design or planning expertise
  • Knowledge of the London plan with respect to housing, commercial development, and/or green infrastructure desirable
  • Familiarity with relevant UK/London planning laws, construction guidelines and environmental requirements with respect to urban development desirable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Proven strategic thinking ability combined with the ability to process detail and get to the heart of an issue
  • A willingness to demonstrate commitment to CPRE London, including its vision and mission, and an awareness of (or willingness to learn about) the issues concerned with safe guarding green spaces in London
  • Previous NGO experience or private sector experience a plus, but not necessary.
  • Experience or understanding the responsibilities of charity trustees

This is a voluntary role.

Time Commitment

In addition to the four quarterly Board meetings, one Away Day, and the AGM, the role of a General Trustee is estimated to take up to 1 day per month. This will either take place at the CPRE London office or remotely.

How to apply. Applications should be made by submitting a letter explaining in no more than two sides of A4 how you believe you could benefit CPRE London as a Trustee on the Board. In addition, please include a CV. Applications should be emailed to . Please address to Carol Hamcke-Onstwedder, CPRE London Vice Chair.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday, March 8, 2019
Interviews: Commencing mid-March
Final Decision: April

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