Active Trustee required as Company Secretary

Passionate about the Chilterns and our countryside? Join us! 

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 is engaged in promoting the heritage of the Chilterns; increasing its activity and voice concerning several serious threats to the Green Belt across the Chilterns. An extensive programme of walks, cycle rides and events is offered. We have plans to grow our membership especially its diversity and geography. We aim to be the “voice” of all those passionate about the Chilterns and our countryside.

The current Trustees are now actively looking for help to deliver these and our other goals.

Our current General Secretary will be retiring in the next year so we are looking for someone to understudy for a year before taking over in the autumn of 2021.

Potential applicants should be passionate about the Chilterns and have an interest, knowledge or experience in one or more of the following: Conservation, Wildlife and Planning. The General Secretary acts as the Company Secretary and is responsible for all legal matters of the Charity including overseeing the agenda and minutes for Trustee meetings. A legal background is not necessary but the applicant should have some knowledge of administration. The General Secretary works with the Chief Officer who day to day responsibility for running the Charity.

Trustees form the Executive Council and fulfill 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.

The role is unpaid, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

We espouse an equal opportunities culture.

Interested in making a difference to our precious countryside?

If so, please write to the General Secretary attaching a cv Generalsecretary@chilternsociety.org.uk

September 2020