Chair of the Wales Advisory Board

Chair of the Wales Advisory Board

Working with the National Trust in a non-executive capacity is an opportunity to have a real say in our current and future operations. In return for your time, knowledge and expertise, you’ll have the chance to work alongside a senior executive as you grow the nation’s love of special places.
About the role
Our Regional/Country Advisory Boards advise, support and challenge our Directors and their teams, helping them to deliver the Trust’s strategy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Advisory Boards formally meet three times a year at properties, taking part in round table discussions based on operational and strategic papers. In addition, some Advisory Board members work with staff teams on ad hoc matters or projects.
The role is voluntary but we reimburse expenses.
About you
We are looking for a Chair who has a real passion for Wales, who knows the region and appreciates its special character. Our ethos is based on looking after and sharing special places and as Chair for Wales you’ll have a valuable part to pay in how this happens in a way that fulfils our commitment to social benefit, conservation and financial stability. You’ll also play a key role in helping the Trust to expand on the relationships with our current partnerships and help identify new ones, standing beside the Director and his team.

Ideally you’ll have experience of chairing similar boards or committees in a non-executive and/or voluntary capacity. Knowledge of the charity sector and an understanding of the National Trust would be an advantage but is not essential.

The National Trust is committed to bilingual working in Wales. The Chair of the Advisory Board will need to have an understanding of Wales’ bilingual culture and a positive, proactive attitude towards the promotion of the Welsh language and culture in all of the Trust’s activities.

Time commitment
The appointment is for an initial term of three years from 1 July 2016. The time commitment is approximately 10 days a year on Advisory Board business, although this may be slightly higher in the first year to allow for a full induction. The successful candidate would be invited to attend the Advisory Board meeting on 23 June 2016 as chair-elect.
How to apply and contacting us
Please provide the following:
• A letter which explains your interest and how you are suited to this role
• A full CV
• The names and contact details of two referees
• A completed equality and diversity form (optional)
You can contact us and send your application to:
The Secretary
National Trust
Heelis
Kemble Drive
Swindon
SN2 2NA
Email: governance@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone: 01793 817663
Fax: 01793 817401
Closing date
The closing date is Sunday 3 April 2016. Please ensure your application is sent sufficiently in advance of the closing date to reach us in time as late applications will not be accepted.
Interviews
Candidates can expect to hear from us in mid-April about progress with their application. Interviews for short listed candidates will be held at Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno on Monday 16 May 2016.
Thank you for your interest.