Chair and Trustees

Ancient Tree Forum


Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 11th July 2022  

The Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) is seeking a Chair and two trustees to embrace the exciting opportunity to strengthen the future of an influential environmental charity.

The ATF is the leading authority on the conservation of ancient and other veteran trees and is the only organisation in England and Wales focusing solely on their protection and sustainability.

Who we are looking for:

For the role of Chair, we are looking for someone who:

  • Is a collegiate leader
  • Has a flexible approach
  • Is well-connected with other environmental organisations
  • Shares ATF’s values, strategic direction & vision

For the trustee roles:

  1. A “tree” trustee with skills, knowledge, and experience in ancient and other veteran trees – desirable, with skills in related or wider environmental knowledge as essential. Please see the longer list in the candidate pack.
  2. A trustee with understanding and experience of the charity sector/civil society’s operating and environment and at least one other desirable skill/experience from the following:
  • Charity governance – desirable
  • Experience of charities in a senior management role – desirable
  • Charity law and compliance – desirable
  • Charity finance – desirable
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion – desirable

Please see the full list of skills, knowledge and experience we are seeking in the trustee person specification section of the candidate packs on our website.

All trustee roles are unremunerated, although out of pocket expenses will be paid.

The time commitment for Chair is 3-4 days per month, while the time commitment for the trustee roles is around 8-10 hours per month.

Meet us to find out more: book a place at the ATF’s annual Open House event – on Wednesday 25th May at 5 – 6pm. This is an online hour where you can meet the interim Chair, trustees and staff and hear about our plans for the current year. To book a place please visit this webpage.

Diversity: We have completed a trustee diversity audit and we have gaps in the diversity of our board. We particularly welcome and value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from people of colour.

About the ATF: This is a pivotal time for ATF. Our first CEO, Laura Alcock-Ferguson, who has been in post since October 2019 and the trustee board have overseen significant change in the running of the organisation, initiated a strategic review and secured new funding. It is embedded in our strategy that ATF will continue to harness the power of volunteers, who are often pre-eminent in their fields of expertise. Volunteers will continue to work with our staff and close stakeholders, remaining at the heart of our work.

Find out more & apply