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Young Trustee (16 to 24 years old)

Young Trustee (16 to 24 years old)

Role title: BTO Young Trustee (16-24 years old)

Overview information:

For the first time we are very pleased to be recruiting a Young Trustee to join our Board in 2023. BTO is committed to increasing its equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that having a diverse Board, and young people making a contribution as a Trustee enables this. This role is intended to give young people that may not consider themselves for Trustee roles, the opportunity and confidence to get involved.

BTO has progressed Youth Engagement over recent years and this has played a part in our commitment to recruiting a Young Trustee, you can find out more about our Youth Advisory Panel and youth engagement work here. As a member of Board you will make an important contribution to our commitment to increasing Youth engagement but it is important to say that your role will not be to represent all young people on the Board, rather in your own right your skills, knowledge and experience will help provide a broader range of perspectives to BTO and its Board.

Trustees work with the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership Team to create and enable the organisational strategy. BTO's Board, along with the Chair of Board has overall legal responsibility for BTO, ensuring financial regulatory and monitoring performance. Trustees have the opportunity to contribute to discussions, identify key issues and provide advice, ideas and encouragement on various topics, all of which help BTO to achieve its vision and mission. BTO provides induction and training opportunities to all Trustees to support them to fulfil their role

In this role, we are recruiting for potential and learning in the role will be supported - you will receive mentoring and support to contribute as a full member of the Board over time, support and training will be discussed and agreed with you based upon your needs, and experience.

As a Youth Trustee you will be mentored and supported to ensure BTO:

  • is effectively and efficiently administered and is financially stable
  • complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations (such as Safeguarding)
  • applies its resources in pursuance of its charitable objectives
  • safeguards its good name and the values of the organisation
  • champions equality, diversity and inclusion and sustainability in line with its priorities
  • Protects and manages its property and ensures the proper investment of the charity's funds.

We are interested in hearing from people who are passionate about contributing to and are able to demonstrate:

  • Commitment to the mission and values of the BTO
  • Willingness to meet the minimum time requirement as well as contributing outside of Board meetings, through attending events and supporting staff where possible
  • Integrity, vision and good independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively, make an individual contribution and work effectively as a member of a team to take decisions for the good of the BTO
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Demonstrate passion, understanding and experience for the sector and BTO's work.

BTO's Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to working towards greater representation on our Board and tackling the barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), we welcome applications from people underserved and underrepresented in the environment sector. We are also interested in hearing from people across the UK as we are a national charity as demonstrated by our work and supporter and volunteer base.

If you are interested in supporting our work but perhaps you are early on in your career or think you may not have the breadth of experience required please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss how we can work with you.

We are also recruiting for a Chair of Trustees and a Young Trustee so please check these roles out too if they are of interest to you.

Time Commitment

The Board meets five times a year, in February, May, July, September and November; meetings are normally during the day and held both virtually and in person. We will work with the successful candidate to enable them to participate based upon their needs and availability.


This is a voluntary, unpaid position with expenses reimbursed while travelling to meetings. We are able to compensate for loss of income to remove barriers to people from applying for Trustee roles and in turn enable a more diverse and representative Board.

Find out more:

Sian Knott, Head of People and OD

Closing date: Friday 27 May at 1 pm Interview date: Week beginning 20 June

BTO is a national charity with headquarters at Thetford in Norfolk, and we have offices and staff at the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge, Stirling University, Bangor University and Northern Ireland.