Chair of the Board of Trustees
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SummaryThis is a Trustee position, working as part of the team which has overall responsibility for the reserve.
A TNR Trustee is an unpaid voluntary role, working as part of the team which has overall responsibility for the reserve. TNR Trustees are the land-owners and leaseholders for the reserve, set the strategic direction, oversee its management, and ensure effective financial control. As a TNR Trustee you will have a chance to make a real contribution to conservation, education, and health and wellbeing in the local community. You will be able to develop your strategic decision making skills, and your knowledge of governance and the responsibility of charity status.
The Chair’s role is to lead and provide strategic leadership and management to the Board of Trustees (currently comprising 6 trustees), enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of TNR. TNR is committed to diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all.
· Provide leadership and strategic direction to Tewkesbury Nature Reserve and its Board.
· Ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of TNR and that the Board operates within its charitable objectives.
· Ensure that the Board is able to regularly review major risks and associated opportunities.
· Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees and set agendas, in discussion with the Secretary.
· Monitor that decisions taken at meetings are implemented.
· Maintain close relationships with key stakeholders and partners.
· Act as an ambassador for TNR and represent TNR at external meetings and events.
· Line manage the Reserve Manager.
· Strategic leadership experience at a senior organisational level
· Experience of chairing meetings
· Good organisational skills
· Good understanding of charity governance issues
· Knowledge and understanding of the charity sector
· Good level of inter-personal skills including tact and diplomacy
· Understanding of environmental management issues (preferable)
Please apply through GoVolunteerGlos in the first instance with a brief expression of interest. We will then ask you to send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for and interest in the role. TNR is committed to diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all.
Deadline: 9th September 2022
About Tewkesbury Nature Reserve
Establish, develop and maintain a healthy and thriving community nature reserve, by protecting, improving, and conserving the natural environment, and enhancing the biodiversity of the site.
Make the reserve accessible to the public as a place for recreation, education, and the promotion of health and wellbeing, while balancing the needs of visitors with those of the natural environment.
Develop the reserve as an outdoor learning environment, and promote an understanding and appreciation of freshwater wetlands, nature and wildlife across all age groups through active community participation.
Reinstate and support natural hydrological processes, re-naturalise watercourses and create new wetland areas, creating new spaces for nature and improving the site’s ability to retain water, and playing a part in reducing flooding.