We are the Charity that has catalysed the London National Park City movement in London.
We are now imagining 25 National Park Cities around the world by 2025 and are actively exploring partnerships and considering operating models to deliver on this ambition.
As a young Charity we aim to remain dynamic and willing to evolve to facilitate the delivery of our vision and mission. To aid our growth and evolution we are seeking to appoint up to six new Trustees to join our existing Board, by May 2019.
Since forming we have had some considerable success. We have:
As we move forward we will be focusing on, and will need your help to:
We are specifically interested in receiving applications from experienced individuals with a background in:
Sectoral experience in areas including health, education, environment, social or development sectors could also be beneficial, but is not essential.
Most importantly you will need to be passionate about, and believe in, our vision. On occasion you would be expected to act as a spokesperson for our Charity.
London National Park City, put simply, is a movement to improve life in London.
It will mean residents, visitors and partners working together to:
We want more bird song, ultimate frisbee, hill-rolling, tree climbing, cycling, hedgehogs, volunteering, sharing, outdoor play, kayaking, clean air, otters, greener streets, outdoor learning, ball games, outdoor art and hilltop dancing in the city. Why not?
The National Park City Foundation has led the campaign for London to be a declared a National Park City and has set the vision, brand and tone for the London National Park City.
The Foundation also manages the London National Park City website and other communication channels. However, the London National Park City is a shared vision, it is a movement, it is a place you can explore and a community you can join. It is a celebration of everything that has been done to make London’s landscape, ecology and culture enjoyable. It is a large-scale and long-term challenge to improve life in the city through many small and achievable actions. Individuals, families, groups, businesses and organisations can make their own contributions to the London National Park City’s aims, either formally or informally.
The relationship between the National Park City Foundation and the London National Park City may evolve in the future.
The National Park City Foundation has mobilised several international partners to collaboratively develop an International Charter for National Park Cities.
Our partners include: World Urban Parks, IUCN, Salzburg Global Seminar – for more see our website.
Our consultation on the Charter is currently underway and you can read more about this here.
Importantly the Charter will provide a platform to engage other cities interested in declaring themselves as National Park Cities. We already have several cities expressing interest.
Central to the final Charter will be a requirement for there to be active grassroots support in each interested city. We grew from the ground up in London and have already helped to connect hundreds of local groups and organisations. Other cities will need to adopt an approach which achieves buy-in at community and citizen level as has happened in London.
There are some responsibilities that come with being a Charity Trustee. It’s important to understand this. If you’ve not been a Charity Trustee before we recommend you review the government guidance here.
We are a young charity without significant funds or resources at our disposal (yet). We are looking for Trustees that we will take an active role in helping us deliver our vision. Trustee positions are not remunerated. We can generally offer flexibility around other work or family commitments. Our expectation is that Trustees volunteer between 2 and 15 hours a week. We have a bi-monthly 2-hour Board meeting held in central London and optional Skype calls every Friday lunchtime.
You will be expected to have access to a computer. We use Google G-Suite. You will be given a nationalparkcity email address and access to our shared Trustees drive.
Diversity and inclusion is extremely important to us.
This advert will remain live for approximately 30 days from Wednesday 13 March. The application deadline will be Sunday 14 April 2019. We will contact applicants for interview by mid-April (after Easter) with a view to holding interviews in late April and early May and with a view to the new Trustees attending the next board meeting on 16 May 2019.
The London National Park launch season begins in May and will culminate in the National Park City Festival at the end of July. A Board away-days style session will be held over the summer – date tba.
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