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Trustee for regional environmental charity

Reach Volunteering
Lancaster, Lancashire (GB)
Voluntary role
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

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Charity and not for profit, Board trustees
Salary band
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly home

Job Details

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to help protect and enhance the People, Landscape and Wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales.

We are looking for new trustees to help us deliver our program of projects and grants to helps the people, landscape and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales and the surrounding areas

What will you be doing?

At this crucial time for climate and nature we are looking for people who can bring new skills and experience to our board to fill naturally occurring vacancies, helping us to expand our work to more people and deliver more projects that tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and rural isolation. We are particularly looking for candidates with a financial or IT background, however anyone with skills to offer our board and with a passion for our area is invited to apply. We welcome people who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and who can provide new perspectives on our work.

As a trustee you will play an integral role in shaping the strategic direction of the charity, its effectiveness and accountability.  

Along with other board members you will work collectively to:

  • determine the mission and strategy for the organisation, 
  • be held accountable for the actions of the organisation,
  • safeguard assets and ensure that those assets are used appropriately,
  • contribute to effective decision making and information sharing,
  • be an ambassador for the organisation,
  • recruit new staff and trustees.

Trustees are encouraged to volunteer for various sub committees, including: finance, community grants, woodland grants, health, safety and wellbeing, remuneration, and recruitment.  

Whether you are an experienced trustee or looking to take on your first trustee role, if you have the time and energy to commit to the role and can identify with our values, ethos and aims, we’d love to hear from you.

Estimate of time needed: 0-5 hours / month. 6 meetings per year minimum, approx 2 -3 hours each, at least 2 of which in person in varying locations, more if keen.

What are we looking for?

We are keen to appoint people who are representative of our community, our stakeholders, and our beneficiaries, and will help to increase diversity on the board in terms of age, background, and ethnicity.

We are also looking to expand the collective knowledge base of the board by recruiting trustees with experience relating to our charitable activities and our beneficiaries. That might include experience of:

  • the voluntary sector,
  • the local community and landscape,
  • equality & diversity, finance,
  • IT systems
  • health and wellbeing.

However, this list is not exhaustive, and we want to hear from anyone who believes their background and expertise could be useful to us.

What difference will you make?

Being a trustee with YDMT can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, both personally and professionally. You will have a real opportunity to shape the strategic direction of YDMT and its subsidiary trading company, and support a team of motivated and committed people.

At YDMT we pride ourselves on being a ‘doing’ organisation that makes a practical difference. Your role will have a direct impact on our ability to reach more people and deliver more projects that help to protect and enhance our spectacular landscape and precious wildlife. You’ll be part of a small and passionate team, helping to shape the future direction of a small charity at an exciting time of change and development for the organisation. You will also have the chance to use your skills to improve how YDMT supports its beneficiaries and find new ways to protect and enhance this special part of the world for everyone

Before you apply

Please apply via Reach with a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role, and a CV. While there is no specific deadline please apply by the 23rd January if possible. We will hold an online open evening for all candidates in early February, with interviews later in the month. We hope that successful candidates would be able to join our May board meeting.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities.

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