Trustee (With change management expertise)
About the organisation
CPRE fights for a better future for England’s countryside, both locally and nationally. The countryside is unique, essential, precious and finite – and it’s in danger. We aim to promote and enhance its character, defend it from damaging development and harness support for it so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations.
CPRE has been standing up for the countryside for 90 years. Without us, there would be less countryside, of poorer quality, and England would be poorer for it. While the countryside is important to the local and national economy, its value is far greater than that: it is a vital part of our well-being and identity.
About the role
We are seeking a trustee with a willingness to challenge the status quo and a track record of change management, preferably in the voluntary sector.
We have recently finalised a new Strategic Plan for 2017-19. This creates a need for us to improve our approaches to campaigning and digital communications and fundraising, and to review our organisational structure. A copy of the Strategic Plan is available on request.
We are currently undertaking a review of our membership. The membership review may lead to change in the way we run our membership scheme (membership fees are a significant source of income for our branches, so this is a matter of broad concern) and, probably most significant, is the review of our structure. It is likely that the new trustee would be particularly closely involved in the latter, which is likely to be at least a two year project. During a time of both opportunity and challenge, you will play a pivotal part in applying your skills, experience, knowledge and networks to contribute to our development and effectiveness.
The purpose of all this activity is to ensure that CPRE – both nationally and at local level – is in the best shape possible to face an ever-more demanding external climate, but it will be unsettling for the branches and this means the Board may not have an easy time of it. We hope that having someone with change management experience/expertise will help ease the process for all concerned, and prove rewarding for the trustee.
Your capabilities and excellent strategic decision-making skills will be complemented by your tact and diplomacy. You will offer sound intellect and judgment combined with your passion and willingness to devote time to make major improvements both to CPRE and the English countryside.
- Proven strategic thinking ability combined with the ability to process detail and get to the heart of an issue
- Ability to network and build relationships at all levels, including very senior levels
- The ability to help facilitate change and manage conflict
- The ability to operate impartially and objectively, including the necessity to avoid any perception of political partiality or alignment
- Excellent communication skills and able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
- A willingness to demonstrate commitment to CPRE, including its Vision and Values, and an awareness of (or willingness to learn about) the issues facing the countryside
- The ability to devote the necessary time and effort needed for this role
- Experience and understanding of the responsibilities of charity
Either in or out of office hours
You must be willing to commit to an initial term of three years and potentially six years, in expectation of being re-elected (12 days per year)
How to apply
All applications will be made to Reach in the first instance. To apply please send your CV and supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the Person Specification. Please also include your reasons and motivations for applying for this role.