Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Recruitment of Trustees

Somerset Wildlife Trust is seeking to recruit at least four new Trustees to its Council

Message from the Chairman

Supported by over 18,000 members, Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving wild places for over 50 years. We manage 1700 acres of land across the county, provide wildlife-friendly land management advice, campaign and educate to make sure Somerset remains one of the most wildlife-rich places in the UK.

Our vision is an environment rich in wildlife for everyone and our mission is to build a landscape rich in wildlife where people live happier, healthier lives.

Working within a five-year planning horizon we have set ourselves three Strategic Goals until 2020:

  1. To inspire people and communities to value and protect nature
  2. To stand up for nature
  3. To create ecological networks which rebuild Somerset’s natural environment

To help us pursue our strategic goals more effectively we have recently undertaken a review of our governance structures. We need a top-quality Council with the right blend of skills and experience to guide our organisation through exciting yet challenging times. We are now seeking to recruit at least four new Trustees to support the strategic development of the Trust.

Being a Trustee is a highly rewarding experience.  You will be part of the governance team of Somerset’s largest conservation organization. It is our policy to work towards a Council, which reflects as closely as possible the profile of the population as a whole in terms of gender along with the right blend of strategic insight, personal skills and relevant professional and/or relevant experience, balanced against the current gender, age profile and interests of Trust members. To this end, we particularly welcome applications from women and younger generations.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have understanding of sectors where SWT works with experience in environmental conservation, community engagement, marketing and communications, high net worth fundraising, sustainable farming, business and finance.

If you are committed to our aims, keen to apply your skills at Council level, and able to attend meetings regularly, then please consider putting yourself forward for these vacancies.

Best wishes

Patricia Stainton

Key role information

As a Trustee you can play a vitally important and challenging governance role by discharging the following key responsibilities:

  • Determining Somerset Wildlife Trusts strategy
  • Monitoring our progress and performance against our aims and objectives,
  • Ensuring that there are sufficient resources for SWT to pursue its goals and implement its policies;
  • Helping to evaluate the risks to, and opportunities for our organization.

A role description is set out below, followed by information about the scope of the work and what will be expected of you. If, after reading this information, you believe that you have the necessary experience, skills and attributes to apply, we would be delighted to hear from you.

What is expected of Trustees

We are looking for candidates with:

  • an understanding of SWT’s work and a commitment to its aims
  • an ability to articulate their views and concerns clearly
  • Confidence and independence

As a Trustee you are expected to:

  • attend all Council meetings
  • play a full part in the work of committees or working groups
  • work on specific issues or projects from time to time as agreed
  • There are 5 Council meetings a year. Meetings are held in Somerset. One meeting is a development day with the senior management team.

Committee meetings usually take place during the working week. Current committees are:

  • Finance and Resources
  • Operations and Governance
  • Health and Safety

In addition to attending meetings you will need to make time to:

  • read papers prior to each Council and Committee meeting and prepare to comment at the meeting
  • read and respond to emails from the Chair, other Council members and staff between meetings
  • lead discussions on particular issues from time to time, including liaising with staff and other Council members to become involved in particular projects depending on your specialist skills
  • attend SWT’s AGM

Induction is provided following appointment. Terms of office: 5 years.

To arrange in the first instance an informal conversation please e-mail.

Chair: Patricia Stainton:
Vice Chair: Sarah Nason:


sw61 0025Patricia Stainton
Chair of Trustees

Sarah Nason
Sarah Nason
Vice Chair