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Charity trustee
Heart of England Forest

Job Description

Invitation to become a Trustee of the Heart of England Forest

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity, created by the late entrepreneur and poet, Felix Dennis. Felix passionately believed in reversing centuries of woodland decline by planting one of the largest forests in England. 

Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken or contiguous woodland of 30,000 acres – a refuge from the modern world where people can rediscover nature and wildlife can flourish. Achieving our vision will take decades, but the process will enrich the lives and wellbeing of millions of people for centuries to come. The forest stretches up the Warwickshire / Worcestershire border, from the present-day borders of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to the edge of the Vale of Evesham – the north Cotswolds to south Birmingham. We’re creating a place to walk under shady canopies and through airy glades, away from the bustle of city life.

The Heart of England Forest is looking for new Trustees to join our Board. We need to expand our Board with additional people who share our vision, and are passionate about woodland creation in the heart of England. If you have the time to commit; can think strategically; are committed to the Nolan Principles of Public Life; and have expertise in at least two of the areas below, we would like to hear from you.

· Charity finance

· Outdoor education

· Investment management

· Networking and relationship building

· Good working knowledge of the geographic area of the Heart of England Forest.

As a modern Board we are keen to increase our diversity to reflect the people which the Heart of England Forest serves – from the cosmopolitan cities of Birmingham and Coventry to the rural communities of Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

As a member of our Board of Trustees you will help to ensure that the Heart of England Forest fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries through delivering our charitable objects, vision, mission and values.

In return, we’ll look for commitment to our vision and aims, a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfilling the role, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a small team.

Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland

Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland has already started.  With over 6,000 acres of land, the forest itself currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and around 4,000  acres of new planting. We aim to plant 300 acres of new woodland each year and our future plans include the development of the forest as a visitor destination with woodland walks, nature trails, recreational pursuits and a visitor’s hub housing an education centre. The small staff team is supplemented by a growing number of volunteers, and together we have already planted over 1.8 million trees, embarking on the creation of a large forest for people and wildlife.

More information about the Heart of England Forest can be found on our website.

To apply

To download a role description, and for more information, please see our website. 

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the areas of expertise (see above) and the skills you are able to offer, to the email address on the application page of our website. To arrange an informal conversation with either the Chief Executive or one of the trustees, please contact Beth Brook

Closing date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Interview date: Friday 20th December 2019

We look forward to hearing from you!

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