Open Country Wakefield Trustee

Open Country Wakefield Trustee

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring / coaching


Wakefield, WF2 8QE
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Within 20 miles of Wakefield


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
The role requires approximately half a day per month. There will be a need to attend trustee meetings in Harrogate which are every two months.

Open Country is a Harrogate-based charity that seeks to enable people with disabilities to access the countryside. This role is for a Wakefield-based trustee to represent the views and interests of our 'Wild about Wakefield' project.

What will you be doing?

  • To represent the interests of our ‘Wild about Wakefield’ project on our board of Trustees.
  • To represent the organisation at appropriate Wakefield-based events, meetings or functions.
  • To act as a spokesperson for the organisation where appropriate, usually on Wakefield matters.
  • To consult with the Wakefield Project officer and Chief Officer on matters relating to the Wakefield project.
  • To play a full part in trustee decisions relating to the over-arching functions of the charity, including Strategy, Governance, Finance, HR, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and other issues as decided by the board.
  •  To attend and be a member of other committees or working groups when appropriate.

What are we looking for?

  • A good knowledge of Wakefield, its people, geography, challenges and opportunities
  • Commitment to the Organisation.
  • Integrity, strategic vision and good/independent judgement.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Wakefield trustee.
  • Ability to take decisions for the overall good of the organisation.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • Willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

What difference will you make?

Our 'Wild about Wakefield' project is an important and successful recent extension of our work. Feedback from people within Wakefield District has been superb. We are keen that the project flourishes and becomes financially sustainable into the future. For that we have identified the need for a Wakefield Trustee to reflect the interests of the project at Board level.

What's in it for the volunteer?

The role would provide the opportunity to take a fledgling project and help to place it on a  permanent footing within Wakefield. You would be working with an inspiring team of trustees, staff and volunteers and benefiting some of the most vulnerable people in society to genuinely improve the quality of their lives.

Before you apply

In the first instance, please contact us via the Reach Volunteering platform.
  • Animals / wildlife
  • Environment
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Physical disabilities
  • Sports
    1. To enable adults with learning or physical disabilities or mental health challenges to enjoy the countryside
    2. To research and promote education of opportunities for adults with
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