Country and Regional Chairman
About the role
Geographically speaking, the National Trust is divided into eight regions and countries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Country and Regional Chairmen act as the figureheads of National Trust governance in these countries and regions. They chair their Regional/Country Advisory Boards, providing leadership, maintaining links with key contacts/partners, and representing the Trust at functions, meetings and in the media. They ensure that their advisory board is fulfilling its many responsibilities.
A Country or Regional Chairman, along with the Country or Regional Director, agree the agendas which will allow for the consideration of all acquisition/inalienability proposals, threats to inalienable land, and issues of national/regional significance. Chairmen also make sure that clear decisions are reached in light of national policies and priorities, and that countries/regions are supporting the achievement of the strategies and objectives of country/regional plans.
The Chairman also appoints a deputy, and works closely with the Director to achieve the strategies and objectives set. Another important part of the role is to make sure that the lines of communications between the advisory board and the staff and volunteers are always open.
Externally, you’ll be an enthusiastic, knowledgeable ambassador for the National Trust.
You’ll have a genuine passion for our work and your country/region, coupled with grass-roots experience of our work. Equally, you understand what we stand for and what we’re trying to achieve. You will also have good knowledge and experience of one or more areas of our work.
Integrity, wisdom, good judgment and independence of mind are just some of the qualities we look for in a Chairman. We’d like you to have experience of leadership and working in a non-executive capacity. It is essential that, with your valuable knowledge and expertise, you can act solely in the best interests of the National Trust – and of the wider public. You must also be able to commit the time necessary to be a good Chairman.
Keep me in mind
If you would be like to be contacted in the future you can contact us and apply speculatively via our “keep me in mind” page when future opportunities like this one become available.