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    London, England

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    Leadership & Governance, Volunteer

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    over 1 year ago

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  • Start date:

    July 2020

Job Description for Chagos Conservation Trust Chair


The Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) is a UK charity that conducts and promotes conservation work and scientific and historical research in the Chagos Archipelago, a UK Overseas Territory. We are largely voluntary with the board of trustees made up from a diverse group of scientists, conservationists, campaigners and finance specialists with one thing in common: working to protect the Chagos Archipelago.

The Chagos Archipelago is made up of a collection of 55 islands and coral reefs surrounded by open sea. On 1st April 2010 the Chagos Archipelago was designated by the British government as a fully no-take marine protected area.

The Chair of the Board is an important, voluntary, officer role that ensures CCT is running efficiently and effectively. The Chair is responsible for:

  • leading the board of trustees and the organisation to work as a team to enable it to fulfil its purpose
  • acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate
  • leading on fundraising for CCT's flagship programme, Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs
  • managing and supporting the director and maintaining an effective working relationship between staff, trustees and all other stakeholders


Desired criteria

  • Have the vision, passion and motivation to help the Trust thrive
  • Have the time (approx. 2 days/month) and skills to complement the current board of trustees
  • Able and willing to lead the drive to raise funding for the Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs programme, make introductions or participate in events that generate revenue
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation
  • Where appropriate, represent CCT at meetings with potential funders, government representatives and representatives of other scientific organisations
  • Plan and prepare the committee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate
  • Contribute to administration tasks such as the development of the annual report and communications
  • Manage the CCT Director (or ensure adequate support and supervision is undertaken by other trustees)



  • An understanding of and interest in conservation issues
  • A willingness to lead the organisation
  • Possesses tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion
  • Possesses relevant knowledge and contacts
  • Has the relevant skills and experience to manage a team and run a meeting well


Application deadline: Please send an CV and cover letter outlining how you best fit the criteria by 1/6/2020

Start date: July 2020

Location: Work from home, UK. Attend quarterly board meetings in London.

Further information: Helen Pitman, Director, Chagos Conservation Trust,