Can you help?

We are seeking a new Board member to provide expert advice and guidance to staff and Trustees in issues relating to our work with schools.

About Severn Rivers Trust (SRT)

We are a dedicated team of staff who work tirelessly to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water bodies in the Severn catchment, and to advance the education of the public in the management of water and the wider environment. In our work with schools, which ranges from tree planting to lantern parades, we place absolute emphasis on hands-on and practical activities that help people try new things, build skills and have positive connections with their environments. Our Board of Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, SRT’s management and administration.

Responsibilities & key duties

  • To be an active Board member; part of an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive team developing high quality strategic goals, targets, policies and procedures to support the work and direction of the Trust.
  • To work with the Board Chairperson and other Trustees to ensure that SRT complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To develop and use contacts and networks to help SRT make a positive impact for the Severn catchment and its communities.
  • To work with the Board to approve budgets and income generation plans to ensure financial stability.
  • Take responsibility, along with other Board members for reviewing and managing organisational risk.
  • Act in SRT’s best interests: making balanced and informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short term, and avoiding putting yourself in a position where your duty conflicts with your personal interests.
  • To have a particular focus helping to steer the development and growth of our education work, including safeguarding children.
  • For more information about the duties and responsibilities of a charity Trustee please see the Charity Commission’s guidelines


Focus on Formal Learning and Schools

In addition to the duties outlined above, this Trustee role includes using your specific skills, knowledge and experience in education to help the board reach sound decisions in this area. For example, you may be asked to scrutinise board papers, project reports and policies, lead discussions focusing on key issues, and provide advice and guidance on new initiatives or legislation impacting our work with schools.

Time commitment and location

  • Attend 2 full day Board Meetings per year
  • Attend 1 half day Communities team meeting per year
  • Attend 1 Community event / activity / site visit per year
  • Reading and responding to communications and papers in preparation for meetings, keeping informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work.

The total time commitment is an average of 4-6 hours per month.

Meetings will usually be held in the SRT Offices, Martley, Worcester. Occasionally meetings will be held in other venues within the Severn catchment. Community events will be in different locations across the Severn catchment

Training and support

You will be supported to fulfil your duties and play an active role in our organisation. Support includes:

  • Induction and orientation to help familiarise yourself with the trust and your new roles and responsibilities
  • Review meetings to check that you are happy in your new role
  • Any additional training that you and SRT’s Board agree is necessary for you to fulfil your role (e.g. Health and Safety, First Aid, Safeguarding refreshers)
  • Reimbursement of all travel and subsistence expenses in line with the SRT volunteer policy

About you

  • Experience working with children in a relevant role and able to offer advice and guidance on issues such as school priorities and safeguarding.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal responsibilities of Trusteeship.
  • Willing to devote time and effort to your duties, and travel to meetings and events.
  • Strategic vision and creative thinking, and an understanding that the role of the board is to govern rather than manage (i.e. strategic, not operational). You are confident working at this level.
  • Integrity and readiness to make sound judgement calls and decisions with far-reaching impact.
  • Ability to manage uncertainty, especially financial, and tight resources.
  • Able to speak your mind and engage well with a group of highly experienced, passionate and confident Trustees.
  • Passion and commitment to environmental conservation, lifelong learning and providing meaningful experiences to help young people connect with their rivers.

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to Tony Bostock (CEO), and don’t hesitate to contact Tony if you have any questions about this role. If you are shortlisted you will be contacted for a telephone interview and then invited to observe the next Board Meeting. Before appointment we will ask for 2 references from people not related to you, with knowledge of your experience relevant to this role.

07817 622919

Closing date for applications:

Monday 20 November 2017

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