Conservation Trustee for Habitats & Heritage

Conservation Trustee for Habitats & Heritage

At a glance


  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Twickenham, TW1 2AR
Mainly at home
Travel limit? It would be helpful for volunteers to be in the region of SW London


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
Hours: Approx 10-12 days/year: including six board meetings, committee meetings, and events, etc. Main board meetings are currently on Monday evenings

Habitats & Heritage is now looking for a Trustee with conservation and biodiversity expertise to join the charity board.

What will you be doing?

The role of the Board of Trustees

H&H’s Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the charity’s affairs, ensuring it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. Trustees focus on H&H’s strategic direction and avoid becoming involved in day to day operational decisions and matters, which we delegate to the CEO to run. Where trustees do need to become involved in operational matters, they should separate their strategic and operational roles.  The trustee board always acts in the best interests of H&H, and as a group not as individuals.

Board members need to ensure that H&H complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.  Trustees manage the charity’s reputation, and its financial stability.  We now seek a Trustee with conservation and biodiversity expertise to join the charity board. As well as knowledge and skills in this area we would like to hear from people with well-developed, broad-based organisational leadership skills, who share our conviction that our heritage, green and built, is intrinsic to our local communities. The most important thing is that that you wholeheartedly want to see the change we’re working to make and are ready to help make it happen.

What are we looking for?

  • An accountancy qualification and experience of financial reporting
  • Experience of management in small charities preferred 
  • A commitment to the aims and values of Habitats and Heritage
  • An interest in conservation and the built environment of SW London
  • Ability to provide the commitment required
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Good communicator and collaborator
  • Active contribution to the board, helping to set strategic direction, overall policy, setting goals and targets and evaluating performance, and managing risk

What difference will you make?

As a trustee you will contribute to supporting and shaping the future direction of the charity, and help us work with the local communities to achieve the charity's aims. 

In particular this trustee position will support:

  • Identifying new business opportunities and supporting strategic planning to capitalise on them. (for example - Biodiversity Net Gain)
  • Review of and contribution to the creation of management plans for larger scale nature conservation projects.
  • Identifying and sharing professional development opportunities (papers, formal training events, conferences and talks etc) to upskill and strengthen professional skills within the nature conservation team.
  • The development and implementation of biodiversity policies.
  • Our relationships with funders, local authorities, local grassroots environmental organisations, conservation bodies, centres of education, green public service providers, local interest and community groups, and potential partners. 
  • H&H’s role in educating all sectors of the local community including local schools, colleges, young people, uniformed youth groups, young people and adults with mental health issues about the value of biodiversity and their role in its improvement and conservation. 

Before you apply

We suggest that interested candidates have an informal chat with an existing trustee about the role in the first instance. Following that we ask that you complete an application form in line with our safeguarding policy.

  • Climate action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Gardens and parks
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Organisation type: 

    Habitats & Heritage is the local charity that acts for the natural and historic environment in south and west London. Our mission is to protect and restore our threatened rivers, green spaces...