The Aire Rivers Trust is a registered charity that was established 7 years ago by a group of people passionate about improving the quality of the River Aire and encouraging the community to see the river as a valuable resource. Over those 7 years, the trust has successfully developed a range of key partnerships and delivered many projects improving the river to a total of around £500k . Working closely with the Environment Agency, we were recently successful in getting Heritage Lottery Fund support for a £1.6million project, DNAire – Developing the Natural Aire – designed to catalyse a renaissance of the river by enabling salmon to reach the headwaters and spawn as well as re-connecting communities with the river. This, along with another substantial River Stewardship project and yet more on the horizon puts the Trust on the threshold of an exciting future.
To meet the challenges we see ahead, we have decided to reinvigorate our Board by recruiting a small number of additional trustees. Trustees are formally responsible for guiding the direction of the Trust and ensuring that we operate within the law and Charity Commission guidance. The primary roles of a Trustee, as defined by The Charities Commission, are to:
- Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
- Act in your charity’s best interests
- Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
- Act with reasonable care and skill
- Ensure your charity is accountable
You can find out more about the formal/legal roles of a Trustee on The Charity Commission website.
Like many small charities, our trustees often get involved the Trust’s practical activities as well as acting in their strategic capacity of Trustees and Company Directors (the Trust is a Registered Company and Trustees are also Directors of the company). The recent recruitment of our first two staff and the acquisition of a physical officeis likely to change this in ways we will learn about as we go.
To succeed in this role you should be interested in improving our environment, be passionate about connecting the environment with the community and be prepared to commit time over and above our bi-monthly Board meetings (which are held on an evening, usually in Shipley). In addition to the above, we are especially looking for individuals with interest and/or expertise in any one or more of the following:
- Rural/farming connections to the quality of catchments and watercourse
- Natural Flood Management.
- Community engagement/education
We are also keen to extend the geographic areas from which Trustees come and would especially welcome interest from people living in Craven, Leeds or downstream. Likewise, we are conscious of the lack of diversity in our movement and Trust and seek to improve the situation whenever possible.
The role is unpaid, but we will pay reasonable agreed expenses incurred undertaking the duties of a Trustee. If you might be interested, in the first instance you can find out more by talking to our Chairman – contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . You might wish to attend one or two of our meetings as an observer before committing yourself. Interested candidates will be invited for a conversation with a few existing trustees before we jointly make up our minds on the way forward.