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Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees

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    London, England

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    Trustee / Non-exec Director

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) grew from the hard work and forward-thinking of a great number of people, many of whom still actively support us today.


There was a growing awareness about the state of our seas in the early 1970s, especially amongst scientists and SCUBA divers, who devised Underwater Conservation Year 1977.


The event gave momentum to form the Underwater Conservation Society. More and more it became clear how much work was needed to influence policy, and to drive public engagement in marine conservation, and we changed to become the charity we still are, the "Marine Conservation Society", in 1983.


Since that time, MCS has achieved major successes in protecting special wildlife, tackling marine pollution, helping the seafood-buying public, and influencing Government and industry.


Today, more than 11,000 supporters fund our work through membership, donations, and turtle adoption schemes.


And last year, more than 27,000 MCS volunteers cleaned up our beaches and helped us tackle marine litter at source, collecting data used for influencing government in the process.


Many millions of people are now aware of our vital work through our sustainable seafood, pollution and wildlife programmes, wildlife recording surveys, campaigns and education work.


We operate from a main office in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, with offices in London and Edinburgh. We employ a team of 70 people, based in these offices and working remotely in the regions.




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Role Profile


Key Responsibilities


 Governance: o Provide leadership to the Board and ensure that the Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity. o Provide support, and where appropriate, challenge the CEO and ensure that the Board as a whole works in partnership with the executive team. o Lead the Board in defining and ensuring that the charity follows an agreed strategy in accordance with its Objects.  Outward facing: o Act as an enthusiastic ambassador and public face of MCS in partnership with the CEO o Possess a significant profile, preferably in the conservation field o Have an understanding and be able to navigate MCS' corporate and funding environments to further our aims  Internally facing: o Liaise closely with the CEO to keep an overview of the organisation's affairs and to provide support as appropriate o Facilitate change and address any conflict within the Board and within the organisation, liaising with the CEO to achieve this o Ensure through the CEO, that the staff understand the role of the Board and that the CEO provides an effective channel of communication between the Board and staff o The Chair of Trustees must also fulfil the statutory role and duties of a Trustee.



Person Specification


You will be an experienced senior leader, preferably with experience as a Chair, who is genuinely driven by the work of marine conservation and able to display a commitment to MCS's ethos, aims, and objectives. You will use your experience to add value in strategic discussions, to develop the vision for MCS and assist in implementing the strategy through advice and counsel. The successful Chair will have the natural ability to operate at a strategic level and engage with a broad spectrum of people, inspiring them to engage with the Society's aims.



Appointment terms


The appointment as Chair is for a period of three years commencing in December 2019. The term of the Board Chair may be extended for a further three years.






How to apply


Please provide a covering letter which outlines how you believe your skills and interests can be of benefit to MCS. Please enclose a CV with your letter.


Please send your application to


Deadline for applications: 15 September 2019. Selected candidates will be interviewed in October 2019.


For further information contact: Joanne O'Hagan, Head of HR & Facilities at Tel: 01989 561574