Join our Board of Trustees

Join our Board of Trustees

Location: Brooke House, The Green, Ashbocking, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JY

Pink footed geese by Guy Edwardes

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is always looking for committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees. We are looking for individuals to complement the skills and experience of the existing Trustees and influence the strategic direction of the organisation. Currently, the Trust is particularly interested in people with the following skills / backgrounds: Company / charity law; corporate governance; farming.

Contact details

To express an interest please send your contact details to:

·       What you’ll be doing

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is the county's nature charity – the only organisation dedicated wholly to safeguarding Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside. The Trustees of Suffolk Wildlife Trust are the people responsible for providing leadership and direction for management of the charity. The board seeks to make well-informed and high-quality decisions that align with the Trust’s charitable aims.

The day to day running of Suffolk Wildlife Trust is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer. The Trust has full and part-time staff and over 1,400 volunteers. It is important that the Trustees, like the staff and volunteers, have a keen interest in wildlife and environmental issues.

·       What we’re looking for

We are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds, skillsets and experiences to help us deliver our vision and our commitment to inclusion. We welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds and recognise the value of diversity of talents and perspectives in the successful leadership of the organisation. Experience in fields including finance / accounting, land agency, business management, strategy development or environmental law is particularly welcomed but all applications will be considered.

Whilst a passion for wildlife is important, there is no requirement for specialist knowledge or experience of wildlife or conservation. You will be skilled in influencing, negotiating and networking and must act with prudence and integrity. You must be committed to our aims and able to be actively involved and contribute skills to their delivery.

·       What’s in it for the volunteer

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is a forward-thinking and vibrant organisation with 28,000 members, 1,400 volunteers, 51 reserves and 9 learning centres. You will join a talented board of friendly and enthusiastic Trustees and a thriving community of committed staff and volunteers. The role provides an ideal opportunity to influence wildlife and conservation across Suffolk as well as the chance to develop skills and knowledge. You will be able to impart your ideas and experiences and bring a new perspective to help guide the Trust through ambitious plans and future challenges.

·       Before you apply

The board meets six times per year including a strategy day. The board develops and promotes a collective vision of the charity’s purpose, its culture, its values and the behaviours to ensure the organisation can successfully meet its charitable objects. The role is voluntary and unpaid and represents an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the county’s leading conservation charity. Membership of the Trust is an essential prerequisite. We accept notification of interest from people considering becoming Trustees at any time throughout each year. Trustees are voted on to the Board annually at the Trust's AGM.

For more information please see the Guide to Governance