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Trustee (Environment/Trees Specialist)

Trustee (Environment/Trees Specialist)

Commitment: Quarterly board meetings (generally Wednesday afternoons) and sub-committee meetings (if applicable); ad hoc meetings, as required.

Remuneration: This is a voluntary position. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Location: Meetings are normally held in London (or via conference call if restrictions are in place).


  • To provide expert advice to the executive team and Board of Trustees on Trees for Cities' range of environmental and tree planting programmes and initiatives, in order to ensure that they are effective, efficient and optimising the use of the organisation's resources.
  • To assist with developing future strategies and plans, particularly in regards to the organisation's programme of delivery.
  • To work closely with the Chair, other Trustees and the executive team to ensure the charity is pursuing its vision and mission and achieving agreed objectives in line with its strategic plan.
  • To ensure that the Board fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation.
  • To ensure that Trees for Cities' aims, objectives and activities are in accordance with its governing documents, and legal, regulatory and fiduciary duties.


Trees for Cities is a national and international charity that engages local people and volunteers to plant, protect and promote trees and green spaces in towns and cities. We get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighbourhoods - whether it's revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.

We have planted over a million trees in towns and cities across the UK and internationally.

We have undergone significant organisational growth and development over recent years and have an ambitious and exciting strategy to deliver.


  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing documents.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects.
  • To contribute actively to the Board's role of giving strategic direction to Trees for Cities, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and ensuring the executive team develops suitable strategies and plans capable of achieving them.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To maintain a duty of care for Trees for Cities staff.
  • To contribute to the Board's responsibility of ensuring effective and efficient administration, financial stability and the effective management of the property of the organisation.
  • To prepare for and participate in Board meetings and sub-committee as appropriate.
  • To keep informed about Trees for Cities' activities and the wider issues which may affect its work.
  • To utilise specific skills, knowledge or experience - particularly in relation to the natural environment and trees - in helping the Board to reach soundly based decisions.
  • To ensure that appropriate professional or technical advice is secured to ensure sound decision making.
  • To participate in monitoring the overall effectiveness of the organisation and of the Board.
  • To participate in the selection, appointment, induction, and appraisal of Board members and staff.



  • A commitment to and genuine interest in Trees for Cities' mission.
  • Significant senior experience of and interest in the environment and/or tree sector(s).
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • Personable with good team skills.
  • Good financial analysis skills.


  • Experience of being a charity Trustee or company director.
  • Awareness of governance processes in the charity sector.
  • A wide range of contacts in the environment / tree sectors, and a willingness to facilitate introductions as appropriate.
  • Experience of strategic and business planning.


  • If you are interested in applying (or would like to learn more about the role), please email including a CV and covering statement.
  • We have an open recruitment process for this role and so will consider applications as they are received.