Trustees - Field Studies Council

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Melissa Baxter

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Thank you for your interest in being a charity trustee at Field Studies Council. We champion field studies in and beyond educational curricula. We encourage curiosity for the natural world. We practice and promote sustainability.

The Organisation:
We are an environmental education charity, best known for providing residential and day field trips for those studying biology and geography. But our mission is to create outstanding opportunities for everyone to learn about nature. 

We have welcomed over 3.7 million visitors since we opened our first centre in 1946. In 2023 123,000 or so learners visited our centres: most were aged 25 and below and were in school or university groups. We (the Charity and its trading subsidiary) employ 325 or so people and in an accounting context have annual turnover in the range £15m to £20m.

The Role:
Who are we looking for?

You will bring diversity of thought and outlook, as well as new perspectives to the organisation.  You will improve board decision making and outcomes for an increasing range of members of the public, especially children and young people.

To find out more about us, the role description and person specification please download the Candidate Information Pack. 

Person Specification:
You may have had limited opportunity to explore nature, and you might be new to outdoor learning. And not every Trustee needs to be an academic, ecologist or environmentalist or have charity trustee, company director or equivalent experience. We are in particular looking for 3 individuals who are able to bring their skills and expertise in the following areas:

•    Hospitality, tourism and leisure
•    The delivery of inner city projects for young people
•    Strategic management and development of a property portfolio

How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this role, please ensure you provide:

•    An up to date CV detailing your relevant experience and including the details of two referees (who will not be contacted without your prior consent).
•    A supporting statement addressing the criteria in the person specification and your motivations for applying.

All applications should be sent to [email protected] with your full name and Field Studies Council in the subject heading.

If you have any difficulty uploading your application or if you would like to have an informal and confidential discussion about the role, alternatively please contact Melissa Baxter on: [email protected] | 07789 985 229

Closing date for applications: Monday 4th March 2024
Interviews with Field Studies Council: Week commencing 18th March 2024

We are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively across our organisation and to reflect this are keen to have a more diverse Board. Field Studies Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.