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About the opportunity
The Aire Rivers Trust is a registered charity that was established 7 years ago by a group of people passionate about improving the quality of the River Aire and encouraging the community to see the river as a valuable resource.
Over those 7 years, the trust has successfully developed a range of key partnerships and delivered many projects improving the river to a total of around £500k. Current projects consist of a National Lottery Heritage Fund bid to return salmon to the river's headwaters and re-connecting communities with the river together with a substantial River Stewardship project.
About The Aire Rivers Trust
The Aire Rivers Trust believes in connecting people, places and nature. We are a charity that seeks to improve the River Aire through volunteering and working in partnership with regulators and stakeholders. We have an extensive volunteering programme focused on improving the river by tackling rubbish, managing and improving habitats and identifying pollution.
What we they looking for?
To meet the challenges we see ahead, we have decided to reinvigorate our Board by recruiting a small number of additional trustees. Trustees are formally responsible for guiding the direction of the Trust and ensuring that we operate within the law and Charity Commission guidance.
In addition undertaking the role of a Trustee (see below), we are especially looking for individuals with interest and/or expertise in any one or more of the following:
- Rural/farming connections to the quality of catchments and watercourse
- Natural Flood Management.
- Community engagement/education
- Volunteer recruitment
We are also keen to extend the geographic areas from which Trustees come and would especially welcome interest from people living in Craven, Leeds or downstream. Likewise, we are conscious of the lack of diversity in our movement and Trust and seek to improve the situation whenever possible.
The primary roles of a Trustee, as defined by The Charities Commission, are to:
- Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in your charity’s best interests
- Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
- Act with reasonable care and skill
- Ensure your charity is accountable
You can find out more about the formal/legal roles of a Trustee on The Charity Commission website.
To succeed in this role you should be interested in improving our environment, be passionate about connecting the environment with the community and be prepared to commit time over and above our bi-monthly Board meetings (which are held on an evening, usually in Shipley).