CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustees

CPRE Buckinghamshire Trustees

Trustee/Governor
J76716
At a glance

Skills

  • Governance
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic development and planning
  • General / operations management
  • Project / programme management

Where

Princes Risborough, HP27 9AS
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Ideally we would like the volunteer to be familiar with the Buckinghamshire/ Milton Keynes area

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week

We are a small, but expanding, branch of the national CPRE  environmental charity. Members, supporters and volunteers come from across the county. New Trustees help to provide continuity, govern the charity and guide our future work.

What will you be doing?

By becoming a Trustee of CPRE Bucks you will:

  • be part of a well-respected environmental charity
  • make a real difference for a cause that you care about
  • play a vital role in our core work
  • share your passion for the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes countryside
  • be a part of a small and friendly team and form new connections with others

CPRE Trustees and volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.

 

Role Description

The role involves:

  • contributing actively as a member of the Executive Committee in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance;
  • participating in one or more of our specific areas of activity, such as planning, media or campaigns;
  • ensuring that the charity complies with its constitution, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  • safeguarding the good name and values of the charity;
  • ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the charity;
  • ensuring the financial stability of the charity;
  • having oversight of staff appointments and monitoring performance;
  • being an advocate for the charity at all times - asking people to join, giving out leaflets, gathering names of interested parties and talking publically about our work.

 

In addition, our Trustees should expect to help with our marketing, communications, fundraising and/or campaigning activities, including presenting to various groups and perhaps performing one of our volunteer roles.

Trustees should bring experience in one or more of the areas listed under “Supplementary Information”, so that the Executive Committee as a whole has a good balance of expertise.

What are we looking for?

You will be home-based, carrying out activities around your other commitments and attending meetings either virtually or at our branch office in Monks Risborough. As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role will take on average 2-3 hours per week (more if you are willing to take on one of our volunteer roles), including attendance at six meetings per year and the Annual General Meeting.

This is an excellent opportunity to play an influential role in a respected local environmental organisation, applying your management skills and experience to make a real difference and to be part of a friendly and passionate group.

We would hope that Trustees will once experience is gained take a turn as vice chair or chair in rotation.

We would like to recruit at least one trustee from the North of Buckinghamshire 

All Trustees should have:

  • a commitment to CPRE and a strong interest in the countryside
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
  • an ability to think strategically
  • good, independent judgement
  • confidence in public speaking
  • a willingness to speak their mind and participate fully in meetings
  • the ability to work as a team member with a group of committed volunteers
  • good computer skills and digital literacy including internet, e-mail, MS Word or equivalent and ideally social media.

All Trustees must be, or become, members of CPRE.

 

You should also be:

  • willing to undertake relevant training
  • enthusiastic about and broadly familiar with the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes countryside
  • reliable and responsible, following through on commitments.

 

This is an ongoing, mission-critical role and as such, we would hope that in taking it up you envisage being available for a reasonable period of time i.e.  3-4 years or longer

What difference will you make?

CPRE Buckinghamshire campaigns for the protection and enhancement of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. We are a small, but expanding, branch of the national CPRE (The Countryside Charity), which is a long-standing environmental charity. Our members, supporters and volunteers come from all across the county. We:

  • promote the beauty, tranquility and diversity of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes countryside by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources;
  • work closely with the National Charity on issues and campaigns at a national level;
  • operate through the planning system, screening planning applications countywide and raising the alarm where the countryside is threatened;
  • influence planning policy through the local development framework process;
  • offer advice and support to individuals and local groups embarking on planning campaigns;
  • lobby for sustainable transport policies and safer country lanes.

We need to recruit new Trustees to provide continuity and to help govern the charity and guide our future work.

 

By becoming a Trustee of CPRE Bucks you will:

  • be part of a well-respected environmental charity
  • make a real difference for a cause that you care about
  • play a vital role in our core work
  • share your passion for the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes countryside
  • be a part of a small and friendly team and form new connections with others

CPRE Trustees and volunteers are motivated to help for a range of reasons, but normally they have a strong interest in protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as encouraging people to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer.

What's in it for the volunteer?

Benefits include:

  • A great opportunity to use your existing experience and to develop new skills
  • Working with others to make a difference both locally and nationally
  • The potential to meet and discuss issues with a wide range of like-minded people
  • Opportunities to attend local and national CPRE activities, events and workshops

The role is voluntary although we will pay all out-of-pocket expenses with prior agreement, in line with our Volunteers Policy.  CPRE Bucks is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) which provides the benefit of limited liability for all our members and Trustees.

Causes
  • Campaigning
  • Environment
  • CPRE Buckinghamshire aims to:

    1. Promote and enhance the character of the Buckinghamshire countryside
    2. Promote a more sustainable approach to land use
    3. Defend the
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