Rewilding Britain Trustee

Rewilding is about restoring living systems to the point where nature can take care of itself. Established in 2014, Rewilding Britain is the first charity in Britain to focus on rewilding. Our vision is to see at least a million hectares of Britain’s land rewilded by the end of the century, for the benefit of nature, communities and local economies.

Rewilding Britain is at an exciting stage of its development. We're a small but growing charity, with four full-time equivalent staff and a strong, committed and experienced group of seven trustees.

We're focussed on getting three to four large-scale rewilding pilot projects off the ground around Britain. The first project (Summit to Sea) has recently been launched in Wales. Created in partnership with 11 other organisations, it's one of only eight projects across Europe to have been awarded a significant grant through the new Endangered Landscapes Programme.

At the same time, we're working to use our influence to ensure that decision-makers, landowners and the wider public see rewilding as a sound, inspiring and viable approach that can bring environmental, economic and social benefits.

We are looking for two additional trustees who will strengthen the board through their governance experience, their diverse skills and perspectives and their enthusiasm for rewilding.

Person specification

An interest in rewilding as an innovative approach that supports the restoration of nature as well as providing new economic opportunities for rural communities.

  • Significant experience of governance in any sector. Familiarity with non-profit organisations is desirable but not essential.
  • An understanding of organisational operations (management, finance, HR, partnership working etc.). Experience of working with small organisations going through rapid growth and change in an uncertain and sometimes challenging policy and operational environment would be very valuable. An understanding of the business/enterprise sector would also be an advantage.
  • A collaborative approach to working with trustees, staff and partner organisations.
  • Ability to contribute up to one to two days a month, including four one-day trustee meetings a year, usually in London, plus a two-day review meeting (usually combined with a field trip to an area where rewilding is being undertaken or planned).
  • We're particularly keen to appoint a Welsh speaker to the Board with an understanding of the challenges facing rural communities in Wales.
  • We're also keen to appoint one person with significant financial experience with a view to succeeding our Treasurer by May 2020.
  • We are committed to equal opportunities and are especially keen to encourage applications from people currently under-represented on the board and the wider environment movement.

What you can expect

  • Participation in a stimulating, rapidly changing and vital field that aims to have a major impact on the UK’s biodiversity and rural economy and contribute towards efforts to combat climate change.
  • The opportunity to make a real difference for people and nature by helping the overall governance of the organisation.
  • The opportunity to work with other trustees and senior managers to shape the strategy and development of a young organisation.

What we're looking for

  • Extra advice and support on the areas listed above.
  • An ability to ask challenging questions and bring fresh thinking to the board.
  • An extra source of independent advice.
  • An increased diversity of perspectives and experiences.

In addition to the formal meeting requirements, we hope that trustees become actively involved with wider endeavours as committed supporters of our aims and ambitions.

Length of appointment

The terms of appointment will be three years, with the possibility to extend for a further term.

Benefits

While the role is honorary and unpaid, reasonable, necessary expenses will be reimbursed.

How to apply

If you feel that you can bring fresh excitement and passion to the future vision of the charity, and can offer us the skills and experience we're looking for, please email your CV and a supporting statement in a word format to admin@rewildingbritain.org.uk as an initial expression of interest.

For more information, or an informal, confidential discussion about these roles, please use the same email address and we can arrange to contact you.

Closing Date for applications: 29th April 2019, 5pm

Interviews: w/c May 6th 2019