Active Trustees Required

Published on September 16, 2019

Passionate about the Chilterns and our countryside? Join us as a new trustee!

The Chiltern Society, established over 50 years ago, has 7,000 members and 500 volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the Chilterns for the benefit of everyone. Over the last half century, it has contributed some 500,000 hours of volunteering effort, managed and improved nature reserves and heritage sites, created long distance footpaths and cycleways, including the Chiltern Way, reviewed many hundreds of planning applications and maintained over 2,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.

The Charity has been through sustained growth having taken over the running of nine conservation sites to add to its existing three; produced walking guides; provided increased effort to protect our footpaths and bridleways; re-engaged in promoting the heritage of the Chilterns; increased its activity and voice concerning several serious threats to the Green Belt across the Chilterns; offered an extensive programme of walks, cycle rides and events. We have engaged additional staff to accelerate our conservation and development programmes and have plans to grow our membership especially its diversity and geography and to be more innovative in our thinking. We aim to be the ‘voice ‘of all those passionate about the Chilterns and our countryside.

Our current trustees are now actively looking for your help to deliver these and our other goals.

Potential applicants should be passionate about the Chilterns and have an interest, knowledge or experience in one or more of the following: Conservation, Wildlife, Fundraising, Marketing, Human Resources, IT, Finance, Planning, and Business Management.

Trustees form the Executive Council and fulfil the roles of Directors of the Charity. The Council meets formally six times, usually in the evening, plus one or two full day meetings each year. Meetings are mainly held close to the office but on occasions may be held in other areas of the Chilterns.

Additionally, trustees can get actively involved in specific areas of interest which support the activities and goals of the Society. The roles are unpaid, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.
We encourage applicants who are underrepresented in the Society to contact us to assist us grow a more diverse membership and increase the Board’s breadth of thinking. In particular, those from ethnic minorities, working men and women and those with a disability from all parts of the Chiltern Hills.

Interested in making a difference to our precious countryside?

If so, to apply, have an initial informal conversation or require more information please contact the Chiltern Society Office (01494 771250) or email David Abbis, General Secretary at