Salary: Voluntary + Reasonable Board Related Expenses
Location: Shrewsbury (Flexible Location )
Commitment: Minimum of 3 Years (6-10 days per year)
Field Studies Council is one of the UK’s leading providers of outdoor environmental education. We are looking for potential new trustees with the experience and insight to join our Board of Trustees, to support the work of the FSC and help guide us strategically through these challenging but exciting times.
Your leadership and professional skills will help us to provide first-hand experiences in nature to people of all ages and abilities.
We are currently looking for 3 x Trustees:
- Finance - one who is suitably qualified to assume the role of Honorary Treasurer to provide advice and oversight of the charity’s finances ideally with experience of an effective finance function, SORP and other relevant frameworks. A commercially astute individual with experience outside of the education sector would be an advantage
- Teaching - A current/experienced Teacher or middle/senior leader in a school, at primary and/or secondary level, who is an advocate of learning in and about the natural world
- Marketing and Fundraising - one with significant marketing and fundraising experience who is able to bring knowledge of the issues impacting upon the hospitality, travel, and residential sector to raise the profile and drive income for the charity.
You don’t need to be an academic, ecologist or environmentalist to join us (we have those already!). You may have had limited opportunity to explore nature, and you might be new to outdoor learning, you simply need to be passionate about providing high quality outdoor learning opportunities for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
FSC currently has 16 trustees, who are usually appointed for an initial term of six years. We would ask new trustees to commit for a minimum of three years. The Board usually meets three times a year (in person at different locations or remotely). The three sub-committees (Audit & Risk Management; Education Strategy; Finance & Administration) meet three or four times a year.
The work of a trustee is unpaid, but immensely rewarding in terms of impact on educational and wider attainment. The time commitment is in the region of 6-10 days per year depending on involvement in sub-committees and Centre(s).
We are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively across FSC and keen to have a more balanced and diverse Board. We especially welcome applications from people from under-represented backgrounds, who bring diversity of thought and experience, as well as new and challenging perspectives to the organisation. We are looking for individuals who will add to this organisation, rather than fit an existing cultural mould.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Field Studies Council (FSC). We want to create a world where everyone feels connected to the environment, so that they can enjoy the benefits it gives and makes choices that help protect it – especially now when our planet is facing issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity.
Are you up for the challenge?
The closing date for notifications is Thursday, 26 November 2020.
Interviews for potential candidates will take place by Zoom on Thursday/Friday, 10/11 December 2020