Deadline extended to Monday 12th September
The National Park City Foundation (Charity no. 1173267) is a young and dynamic charity looking for a passionate and committed Chair of Trustees who shares our vision of cities teeming with wildlife, where every child and young person, and not so young, benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors.
Can you help us turn this vision into reality by leading our Trustees, supporting our staff and enabling our movement to grow? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
National Park City is the grassroots movement which led the creation of London as the world’s first National Park City in 2019 and supported the creation of Adelaide as the world’s second in 2021. We bring people, places and organisations together to breathe new life into cities and hope to see at least 25 cities become National Park Cities in the next few years.
You will lead an energised Board of Trustees full of ambition, supported by a motivated staff team including our newly appointed Executive Director, hundreds of committed volunteers and growing support from people and organisations across the globe.
You’ll have the leadership skills, confidence, expertise and networks to lead, catalyse and collaborate with others to grow the global National Park City movement. We’re particularly interested in people who have experience of movement-building, developing innovative partnerships, community engagement, working with young people, organisational growth and development, and/or campaigning and influencing.
Diversity is key to the success of our movement and we’re keen to hear from people with different perspectives, backgrounds, skills and experience. We believe everyone should have an equal voice in the future of our cities and everyone should benefit from easy access to high-quality urban greenspaces.
We’ll work to reach as many people as possible with this call for Chair and will review and consider all applications received. We’ll brief our selection panel in best practice recruitment and will set up a check and challenge to counter any discrimination or unconscious bias.
Sectoral experience in areas including health, education, business, environment, culture, arts, sports, social or development sectors could also be beneficial but is not essential.
No recruiters or agencies please.
We’re a young charity with the need to scale our activity and undertake significant fundraising. As our Chair, you’ll be expected to work closely with our paid staff team including managing and supporting our new Director, leading regular Board meetings and representing the foundation externally.
You’ll need to be passionate about, and believe in, our vision. We estimate that you’d need to spend between 18 and 24 days per year on National Park City Foundation work, and our Trustee roles are not paid (remunerated). We offer flexibility around other work or family commitments. You will need to be able to attend meetings in London from time to time.
Specifically the role of Chair will include:
Governance and Organisation
As Chair you will be a Charity Trustee, and there are responsibilities that come with this which are important for you to be confident you can fulfil and lead the Board in their governance duties. Whilst you may not have held a Chair position before we would expect you to have been a charity Trustee before, and familiar with the government guidance here.
The application deadline has been extended to 10am Monday 12th September.
We will contact shortlisted applicants by Wednesday 14th September. We may carry out an initial short interview, prior to full interviews in late-September with a view to the successful applicant being appointed as Chair in the autumn.
To apply please answer the following questions and send us your answers either written, video, audio, however you feel you can best express your suitability, along with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us what excites you about being Chair of Trustees for National Park City Foundation and what skills, knowledge and experience you’d bring (max 400 words).
Name another organisation you think would make a great partner for the National Park City Foundation and set out your reasons why (max 100 words).
Describe how you’d go about growing the National Park City movement across the world and how you’d inspire other cities to get involved (max 200 words).
Could we please also ask you to fill out our anonymous National Park City Foundation Diversity Questionnaire along with your application.
Shortlisting will be carried out independently by a panel of current Trustees, who will then agree a final shortlist of candidates.
We will score candidates’ CVs and responses to the application questions. We welcome applications in different formats.
We will run reference / background checks for each of the shortlisted candidates and will initially interview candidates remotely.
Interviews will be conducted by a panel of current Trustees and we will do our best to accommodate any adjustments requested by candidates.
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