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Chair, Board of Trustees Thames Estuary Partnership

Thames Estuary Partnership
WC1H 0AP, London (Greater)
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
7 Aug 2021

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP)  is looking for a new independent Chair to join our Board of Trustees. This is an exciting, pivotal time to join us as we are midway through a Strategic refresh, seeking new leadership to help shape our future. 

TEP is a charity and Coastal Partnership that was established in 1999 and is best recognised as the network for the Thames Estuary, convening across sectors, joining up across land and water, demonstrating leadership through the design and management of multi-partner projects as well as convening specialist forums that fill a gap in knowledge, practice and innovation. A summary of our work and key supporters can be found on our website.

Role summary

We are midway through a review of our Strategy and governance and are seeking an independent Chair who can lead the Board through this strategic refresh. We are seeking new leadership at the non-executive level to help us deliver even greater impact through partnership working, identify future priorities to tackle the climate crisis and maintain the tidal Thames as a champion of exemplary estuarine sustainable management. 

Person specification

As a newly appointed Chair, you will share our vision for thriving, living and working estuaries and coastlines and will bring an established track record of leadership at Board level. We will be looking to you to help us develop a highly effective Board that maximises the contribution of Trustees and members to deliver more than the sum of its parts.  We are looking for a dynamic leader who understands the power of partnership working and has a strong track record of working in this way.

As our new Chair you will be central in setting our future direction and your exceptional skills in governance will enable us to build on our strong foundations for a bright future. You will bring credibility and influence combined with energy and outstanding stakeholder management skills.  

What’s in it for the volunteer?

This is an exciting time to join TEP, giving the right candidate a unique opportunity to help shape the future of this established and well respected charity at the heart of the Thames Estuary, influence its sustainable management and environmental enhancement through partnership working and demonstrate national/international leadership across this globally recognised, iconic river at the heart of the UK capital.

Time Commitment

It is estimated that the role would require a minimum of 60 hours per year.

How to apply

Applications are through the Reach platform.

To make an application, please provide: Your CV (no more than three sides of A4) A supporting statement (no more than 1000 words) that sets out why you are interested in this appointment and the experiences and qualities you believe you can bring in order to be successful in post. Closing Date for Applications 31st July (midnight) Shortlisting: 2nd – 20th August You will need to be available for interviews between 23rd August –10th September 2021 (via zoom)


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