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Chair and Board Member for CPRE The countryside charity

Location: London

Date Posted: 20/11/2019

Closing Date: 13/01/2020

Job description

Our countryside sustains us in every way, its beautiful landscapes provide the food we eat and a haven for the nature and wildlife we love. There are pressures on the countryside from irresponsible development to pollution and litter and, if it is going to thrive, it needs our help. Through collaborating with everyone from communities to businesses, landowners and government we can influence effective, balanced and lasting progress in our countryside that enriches all our lives, wherever we live.

CPRE The countryside charity has been standing up for the countryside for almost 100 years to ensure it is sustainable, protected, enhanced and promoted for all members of our society. We bring determination and passion to motivate others to act. Against the odds, we help to influence and apply planning laws that preserve our beautiful and thriving countryside for everyone. From the Lake District to the South Downs, we have supported our breath-taking and awe-inspiring landscapes to win protection as National Parks.

As we head towards our centenary, we have a new strategy in place to be able to respond in a meaningful way to these pressures. We aim to grow our capacity, further promote rural life, empower communities and better connect people with the countryside. We have a vision of a beautiful and thriving countryside that enriches all our lives.

With income of around £4m and just under 50 staff, we are proud to have a high-performing staff team and a dedicated, accomplished and effective Board of Trustees. As our Chair, Su Sayer CBE, completes six years of service in 2020, we are seeking to appoint another outstanding Chair who will lead the board and work with our members, the CPRE network and our exceptional staff team in delivering CPRE’s vision.

Our new Chair will need to have outstanding board leadership and governance experience, yet what will set you apart is your passion and appreciation for our countryside and the opportunities it provides.

Your natural style will be collegiate and collaborative, yet also challenging and able to act as a critical friend when appropriate. You will need to be visible to the CPRE branch network and possess the diplomacy and people skills to work effectively with our members and other key stakeholders; you’ll be an important ambassador for CPRE.

We are looking to appoint an additional Board member who ideally is regionally based who will add value to the Board through their knowledge and passion of the countryside while providing commercial acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.

The time commitment for Chair is about four days a month, while time commitment for the Board member is one day a month. The term of office is three years and can be extended to six years.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job page on Peridot Partners’ website via the application method.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 13th January 2020

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