Friday, 31 August 2012

Campaign for National Parks - trustee required with particular interest and expertise in Wales

Campaign for National Parks, the nation’s leading environmental charity concerned with the English and Welsh National Parks, needs an outstanding volunteer for one of its key trustee posts - a trustee who is passionate about and committed to National Parks, understands the Welsh political scene and is bilingual in Welsh and English.

With its strong policy campaigning, research and technical expertise Campaign for National Parks is a potent influencer of environmental issues in the Parks. It acts as the umbrella organisation for a number of charities and groups, including the National Trust, RSPB, the Ramblers’ Association, and National Park Societies. Together these organisations form the body that elects the Trustees and provides a rich source of advice.
The 11-strong Board aims to have three Trustees with an interest and expertise in Welsh National Parks and the Welsh political scene. Together they bring rigour to Board decisions on matters specific to Wales and broad insights into all National Park matters. They also provide essential advice and a Welsh perspective to the Chief Executive and her staff.

Applicants will be able to think strategically and contribute to organisational development within the rapidly changing economic and environmental context in Wales, and have effective networks in the National Park family and wider environmental sector in Wales. Experience of working within a National Park Authority in Wales either as a member or as an officer and/or within the voluntary sector, and/or of campaigning, and/or of engaging with different audiences would be an advantage. The position is unpaid but expenses will be reimbursed.

Board meetings are held quarterly in London. There are three Council meetings every year with our members, of which trustees are expected to attend at least the Annual General Meeting. Our three Welsh trustees also support the quarterly meetings of our Welsh Advisory Committee, now called CNP Cymru, at various venues in Wales.

Person spec:
 Passion and commitment to National Parks
 Experience of the Welsh political scene
 Preferably bilingual in Welsh and English
 Experience in a senior leadership role
 Strategic vision
 Good independent judgement
 Excellent communication skills
 Understanding of the responsibilities of charity trustees
 Ability to network and build relationships
 A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

The deadline for applications is 14th September 2012. If you are interested please contact the chair, Anne Robinson, by phone 01433 650934 or by email 

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