Trustees wanted (fundraising and development expertise)

Trustees wanted (fundraising and development expertise)

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CAT is at an exciting point in its development and is looking for people who share a passion for our mission and are keen to contribute their skills as a trustee.

Closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is Friday 27 November 2020

CAT’s Board would like to hear from people with well established fundraising expertise who would like to play an active part in strategic oversight of the work of the charity.

We are entering an exciting and energetic period in CAT’s development at a time when addressing the challenge of the climate and biodiversity emergency has never been more important, and long-term sustainable funding is crucial to helping us deliver on our mission.

Our Board of Trustees is keen to provide a greater level of support in this area, and is therefore seeking expressions of interest in becoming a CAT Trustee from those with strong fundraising capability and skills (including capital grants, philanthropic giving, and other grant and revenue raising initiatives) alongside the broad complement of usual trustee skills, including commitment to the vision and mission of the organisation.

We want our board to reflect the community we support. To enhance the diversity of our board we would particularly like to hear from ethnic minorities, disabled people and marginalised groups, as well as from younger people and speakers of the Welsh language.

Background on CAT and its Board

CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. Its mission is to inspire, inform and enable people to respond to the climate and biodiversity emergency. Based in Mid Wales, CAT has a UK-wide remit centred on its vision for a Zero Carbon Britain.

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Click here to learn more about our current trustees

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Role of trustees (general)

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. General guidance explaining what being a trustee involves and who is eligible to be a trustee is set out in the Charity Commission document, The Essential Trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do.

Overall Purpose – Board

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Specifically, CAT Trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that CAT and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with its governing document, continually striving for best practice in governance.
  • Upholding CAT’s obligation to act in the best interests of its beneficiaries, and to act in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in CAT.
  • Determining CAT’s overall direction and development through good governance and clear strategic planning.

Trustees have a predominantly strategic role, and particular responsibilities as set out by the Charity Commission and Companies Act. They are expected to attend quarterly Board meetings and contribute to at least one of the Board’s two committees: AFPC (Audit, Finance, and Performance Committee) and ODC (Organisational Development Committee).

Trustees also participate in discussions and exchanges between meetings, and are invited to a variety of events. A total contribution of approximately 12 to 15 days per year is usual. All trustees are required to sign and abide by CAT’s Code of Conduct for Trustees.

Appointment is for a three-year, potentially renewable, term.

For more information visit –  Invitation to express interest in becoming a CAT Trustee - 2020