Policy Direction Trustee (housing, energy, transport, pollution and more)

Policy Direction Trustee (housing, energy, transport, pollution and more)

At a glance


  • Planning
  • Copywriting / journalism
  • Event management
  • Lecturing / public speaking
  • Public relations
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Research
  • Advice / advocacy
  • Mentoring / coaching


Nottinghamshire, NG7 1AR
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Preferable for person based in Nottinghamshire


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
4-6 hours per week maximum usually but demand will vary. Working from home but with a requirement to attend half day meetings every other month.


30 Oct 2020

Do you want to play a leading role in protecting and enhancing the Nottinghamshire countryside?  This is the vision of CPRE Notts.  Play your part by joining us as a trustee ready to direct and implement policy.

What will you be doing?

  • Acting as a champion on the issues within the branch, advising CPRE members, planning volunteers and the Executive Committee
  • Establishing a relationship between CPRE Notts and partner organisations within topic areas to build a common purpose and share knowledge
  • Organising meetings or partner events with relevant groups
  • Leading in the formulation of policy responses to consultation documents from Local Authorities and to relevant planning applications in this field
  • Gathering information and writing a coherent policy statement on  issues for the branch
  • Working with staff and other volunteers to bring issues to the public’s attention - through media work, events, exhibitions, or other campaigning activities
  • Writing articles for our newsletter
  • Playing a full part in the Branch’s forward planning
  • Joining relevant bodies where appropriates
  • Liaising with our National Office Policy Team and relevant staff

What are we looking for?

You would work mainly from home.  We keep in regular contact via phone and/or email to discuss progress and to provide support. You would also be required to attend branch meetings (no more than 6 each year).

This is an opportunity to use and/or develop expertise in a complex and important part of environmental policy, receive further training and support from our regional and national Policy Teams and be a lead voice in a respected environmental organisation.

Ideally, we hope that you can offer us most of the qualities described below:

  • A strong interest in the countryside and sympathy with CPRE views
  • A broad understanding of the planning system and planning policies
  • Specific awareness of local and national issues concerning the particular topic
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely to a broad range of audiences, from CPRE volunteers to journalists
  • Able to analyse complex ideas and develop a coherent argument
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Quick to acquire technical knowledge, with a rigorous eye for detail
  • Able to be an authority on a subject while also working within a team and balancing priorities
  • Can attend meetings or, when not possible, can provide updates for meetings
  • Computer literate - the internet, e-mail and MS Word or equivalent


As a guide, we anticipate this voluntary role will take 4-5 hours per week, including meetings.

What difference will you make?

CPRE 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. Success at persuading decision makers to adopt our approaches and policies can bring a real buzz.  We shall benefit from you wanting to share with others your knowledge and experience.

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.

  • Campaigning
  • Environment
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • CPRE Nottinghamshire campaigns for a beautiful and living countryside in our county.  We believe the countryside is a precious asset for everyone: town, city or countryside dwellers alike.  We...