They are looking for two new Directors that have a passion for and understanding of the Trust’s work and are particularly looking for people who have skills and expertise in at least one of:
promoting access to the countryside;
finance and audit;
governance of charities.
Time requirement: Board meetings 5 times per year, with occasional additional meetings as required and an annual ‘Director’s Tour’.
Re-imbursement: The position is voluntary with expenses incurred in the duties of the role reimbursed including expenses to cover the cost of care duties.
More information on how to apply is available from info(at)elanvalleytrust.org with an application deadline of 5th January 2020.
Information for applicants:
The Elan Valley Estate and neighbouring Cwmdauddwr Common are in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and cover around one per cent of Wales.
The Estate forms the water catchment for the Elan and Claerwen Valley Reservoirs that supply Birmingham, other parts of the West Midlands and parts of Wales with water.
The landscape is one of remote upland plateau intersected by steep-sided, wooded valleys.
Much of the area is designated for its nature conservation value under European and UK law.
The Elan Valley Trust was established in 1989 by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) to:
preserve, maintain and enhance the Elan Valley, its wildlife and landscape, for the benefit of the public;
facilitate and encourage access to and study of the Elan Valley;
provide facilities for physical recreation in the Elan Valley;
facilitate and encourage the use of the Elan Valley for charitable purposes.
In pursuing these objectives the Trust manages the Estate according to nature conservation and landscape principles, and, promotes the use of the Estate for access, recreation, education and other charitable purposes.
In practice, this means that the Trust:
manages 2,800 hectares of land in-hand including some of the key sites for nature conservation such as the National Nature Reserve at Claerwen;
is landlord to some 28 agricultural tenants across 17,000 hectares;
is Freehold Owner of Cwmdauddwr Common;
manages a number of residential properties, holiday lets and bothies and a bed and breakfast / tearoom/restaurant facility;
monitors the state of nature on the Estate and takes action to promote nature conservation;
maintains recreational facilities and infrastructure such as bridges, roads and paths in good repair;
organises and manages, in association with DCWW and volunteers, an annual programme of events and walks;
works with DCWW to promote the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park.
In a major initiative, the Trust is lead partner in the delivery of a £3.5 million, 5 year landscape partnership award with the Heritage Lottery Fund called Elan Links: People Nature and Water. Approximately £1 million is being invested by the Trust in this programme which will secure key components of the Estate’s natural, built and cultural heritage for the future. Furthermore, the programme of work is seeing the Trust work closely with DCWW, Natural Resources Wales and new partners such as Tir Coed, CARAD (Community Arts Rhayader and District) and Arts Council Wales to further improve social outcomes and public benefit from the Elan Valley. For the Trust, Elan Links means new ways of working and a significant increase in charitable activity.
The Trust has a Sole Corporate Trustee: Elan Valley Ltd. This company limited by guarantee is responsible for delivering the charitable objects of the Trust. Individuals then sit as Directors of the company to assist and oversee the actions of the Trustee.
Role description for Directors of Elan Valley Ltd.
Set and maintain the Trust’s vision, mission and values in line with our governing documents.
Develop the Trust’s long-term strategy and monitor progress towards strategic outcomes.
Establish and monitor policies and employment procedures.
Ensure compliance with the Trust’s governing documents and charitable objectives.
Ensure accountability and compliance with the law.
Maintain proper financial oversight.
Select, manage and support the Estate Manager and respect the role of staff.
Work as part of a team to promote effective Board performance.
Promote the Trust through being an effective Director and ambassador.
What skills and experience are required to be a Director?
We are looking for two new Directors that have a passion for delivering the Trust’s work and an understanding of at least one of:
Nature conservation, farming and estate management
Built and cultural heritage
Recreation and access
We are particularly looking for people who have skills and expertise in at least one of:
Promoting access to the countryside
Finance and audit
Governance of charities
The successful candidates will be strategic thinkers, preferably with Board or other senior- level experience.
How to apply
Please send a CV with a covering letter briefly outlining your skills, experience and suitability for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 5th January 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview to meet other Directors and see the work we do.