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Trustees for The Hawk and Owl Trust

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

Date Posted: 13/05/2019

Closing Date: 06/08/2019

Job Description

Objectives

The Hawk and Owl Trust is a National UK Charity founded in 1969. It is dedicated to conserving owls and birds of prey in the wild – and increasing knowledge and understanding of them.

Activities

We create and manage nesting, roosting and feeding habitats; carry out practical research; and welcome visitors to our wildlife reserves, education centres and outreach projects.

What will you be doing?

The Hawk and Owl Trust Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, and for the development of values, goals and objectives in line with the Trust’s governing document.

The Board currently consists of ten Trustees, elected by the Trust’s membership, plus the Chief Operations Director. Each year, one third of the elected Trustees are required to stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.

The current Board consists of individuals with varied professional backgrounds and differing skill sets. As part of the Trust’s governance process, an audit of current Trustees’ skills is carried out annually.

By working with partners to conserve the places owls and other wild birds of prey nest and feed, we also support many associated species – from field voles to skylarks, dragonflies to grass snakes – in a whole variety of habitats.

What are we looking for?

We will welcome anyone who feels they can contribute to the Board and the Trust, although the results of the 2019 audit make it clear that the Board would be particularly strengthened by the addition of new Trustees who have the following skill sets:

  • Governance
  • Communications and marketing
  • Social Media

The board meets four times per year, usually in London plus an Annual General Meeting.

What difference will you make?

Trustees will bring their professional skills and oversight. Whilst not involved in the day to the day workings of the organisation, these are run by the Chief Operations Director, Trustees do provide a valuable support network.

Successful applicants will initially be invited to interview and to meet a number of the other Trustees.

Meetings mostly during office hours, 4 Board meetings, plus AGM per annum. Some Trustees also assist with sub committees. Meetings normally take place in London. Reasonable travel expenses are paid.

For further information, please contact the Chief Operations Director

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