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Severn Rivers Trust seeks new Trustees – employment law expertise sought

Severn Rivers Trust seeks new Trustees – employment law expertise sought

Closing Date
2 December 2021
Time Commitment
4 board meetings a year + ad hoc engagement

Founded in 2008, Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) is the only organisation that works across the entire River Severn catchment in both England and Wales, an area of 11,500 square miles. SRT is headquartered in Martley near Worcester, and whilst it is an independent organisation, it is also part of the wider Rivers Trust movement and is a member of both the Rivers Trust and Afonydd Cymru, the umbrella bodies for rivers trusts in England and Wales.

The Trust works closely with the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, as two of its major funders, and also with the water companies in its region. SRT has generated a turnover of £1.3m in the 2021 financial year, and employs around 23 highly-committed and well-qualified staff who work in four different areas: land management, river restoration, community engagement, and finance.

SRT also has a trading arm, Severn Rivers Ecology (SRE). The principal activity of SRE is as an environmental consultancy, raising funds for use in SRT’s charitable work. For the year ending 31st July 2021 SRE had a turnover of £188k.


Role specification

In addition to supporting the environmental work of the Trust, a key focus of Severn Rivers Trust is sustaining its financial soundness and expanding operations to include partnerships with the commercial sector through the subsidiary consultancy arm SRE. It seeks to employ its environmental consulting activities to generate funds for its charitable work. For this, it plans to appoint two Trustees who are able to contribute their skills and expertise to oversee the strategic direction of the Trust.

Trustees work with the Chair and other members of the Board to determine the Trust’s strategy and ensure that it delivers on its charitable objectives and long-term mission, which include:

  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with the Trust’s constitution, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its objectives
  • Contributing actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets and budgets
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the charity
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of the organisation

In addition, Trustees should be willing to use their specific skills and expertise to support the Board and Senior Management Team in its decision making, and will be ambassadors for the Trust, always acting in its best interests.


Person specification

The Severn Rivers Trust seeks two new Trustees who will be engaged, ensuring good governance and helping it deliver its objectives in restoring rivers and wildlife in the catchment area. The successful candidates must bring expertise in at least one of the following areas:

HR / employment law: Applicants may have experience either leading a human resources function or serving in a senior generalist human resources role. Alternatively, candidates can also bring expertise in employment law. The ideal candidate will have expertise in a broad range of staff and organisational issues, which may include compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and development, or recruitment.

UK agri-environment: The successful candidate will have significant experience working in the UK agricultural sector, either as a landowner, agent, consultant or investor. They will understand the rapidly changing landscape of trade policy, including government subsidies and incentives, as well as sector risks such as climate change.

The Trust is also open to those seeking their first non-executive role, provided they can demonstrate a strategic and forward-looking vision in relation to the Trust’s commitment towards making a real and positive difference for the river and its communities. Please note candidates must be UK-based.


Board composition

Dr Anne Wheeler, Chair
Natasha Bradshaw, Affiliate
Stuart Ballard, Affiliate
John Smithson
Peter Marshall
Andrew Wedgbury
Professor Ian Maddock
Christopher Birrell
Penelope Cameron Watt
Jeffrey Olstead


Terms of appointment

The role is unremunerated, but reasonable, pre-agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. On top of the four Board meetings, the appointed Trustees are expected to spend some time on ad hoc engagement and working directly with Executive Directors.


This organisation will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round.

Connected parties

This organisation has requested that candidates do not contact them directly. Instead, if you know someone at the organisation please mention it in your Reason for Application. Members who do not respect this may risk having their membership terminated.


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