City of London, Greater London
Job description

Who we are

The Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) is a UK charity that conducts and promotes conservation work and scientific and historical research in the Chagos Archipelago, a UK Overseas Territory. We are largely voluntary with the board of trustees made up from a diverse group of scientists, conservationists, campaigners and finance specialists with one thing in common: working to protect the Chagos Archipelago.

The Chair of the Board is an important, voluntary, officer role that ensures CCT is running efficiently and effectively. The Chair is responsible for:

  • leading the board of trustees and the organisation to work as a team to enable it to fulfil its purpose

  • acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate

  • leading on fundraising for CCT’s flagship programme, Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs

  • managing and supporting the director and maintaining an effective working relationship between staff, trustees and all other stakeholders

    Desired criteria

  • Have the vision, passion and motivation to help the Trust thrive

  • Have the time (approx. 2 days/month) and skills to complement the current board of trustees

  • Able and willing to lead the drive to raise funding for the Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs programme, make introductions or participate in events that generate revenue

  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the organisation

  • Where appropriate, represent CCT at meetings with potential funders, government representatives and representatives of other scientific organisations

  • Plan and prepare the committee meetings and the AGM with others as appropriate

  • Contribute to administration tasks such as the development of the annual report and communications

  • Manage the CCT Director (or ensure adequate support and supervision is undertaken by other trustees)


  • An understanding of and interest in conservation issues

  • A willingness to lead the organisation

  • Possesses tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion

  • Possesses relevant knowledge and contacts

  • Has the relevant skills and experience to manage a team and run a meeting well

Refreshed on: 01 May 2020
Closed date: 30 May 2020
Tags: Trustees