Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £0.00 - Voluntary role
Reference: J60716
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 21, 2019 16:33

Job Description

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

CPRE campaigns for a sustainable future for the English countryside, a vital but undervalued environmental, economic and social asset to the nation. We want a thriving countryside for everyone to enjoy – today and for generations to come. 

Join our Board of Trustees and help us in our mission to promote, enhance and protect our countryside.

Main Purpose

To act with the other Board members to ensure that the charity fulfils its objects and is run prudently and effectively in accordance with the governing documents, and charity and company law.


  • To work in partnership with the rest of the Board to set CPRE’s strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets
  • To monitor performance against targets
  • To ensure that resources are applied exclusively in pursuance of CPRE’s objects
  • To ensure that CPRE complies with its Memorandum and Articles, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To safeguard the reputation and values of CPRE
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of CPRE
  • To ensure the financial stability of CPRE
  • To protect and manage the property of CPRE and to ensure the proper investment of funds
  • To contribute to the appointment, support and the monitoring of the performance of the Chief Executive
  • To build closer relationships with the CPRE Network
  • With the rest of the Board, to build relationships with potential donors and other fundraising contacts
  • Occasionally and by arrangement, to represent CPRE at meetings and functions and act as a spokesperson.

Essential skills

  • Proven strategic thinking ability combined with the ability to process detail and get to the heart of an issue
  • Ability to network and build relationships at very senior levels, especially fundraising relationships
  • Experience of the leadership of change management in an organisational setting
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and effort needed for this role
  • The ability to operate impartially and objectively, including the necessity to avoid any perception of political partiality or alignment
  • Excellent communication skills and able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
  • A willingness to demonstrate commitment to CPRE, including its Vision and Values, and an awareness of (or willingness to learn about) the issues facing the countryside
  • Wide-ranging commercial and business experience.

Desirable skills

  • Experience of change management within the charity sector
  • Experience and understanding of the responsibilities of charity trustees

What’s in it for the Volunteer?

This role is for a candidate who cares about the countryside, is interested in a range of issues around the natural environment, and wants to be part of an organisation that campaigns to protect the countryside for people.

Time Commitment

Board meeting dates in 2019 are 21 March, 8-9 May, 13 June, 12 September and 12 December.  The AGM and Annual Conference will be held on 26-27 June, in Birmingham.

Board meeting start at 10.45am and generally finish by 3.30pm.  Four of the meetings are held at our office in London, the fifth is a two-day meeting (including an overnight stay) at a location outside of London.

Overall, this role requires about 12 days per year including formal Board meeting commitments.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a CV and short covering letter via Reach Volunteering. Your covering letting should explain your interest in CPRE, how you meet the job specification and how your skills and experience will strengthen their board. If you would like an informal conversation the CEO, Crispin Truman or the Finance Director, Mark Cornish, they are delighted to speak with anyone interested in the role. Please let us know if this is something you would like us to arrange on your behalf.

Deadline for applications is 22nd March 2019