Marine conservation grant-giving charity seeks new Trustee – governance / charity law expertise sought
Sea-Changers is a grant-giving charity run by a small and committed team of volunteers. Our mission is to create a sea-change in the level of funds available for marine conservation and marine species protection work in the UK. Over the past 11 years we have funded over 250 vital and innovative marine conservation projects. We work with businesses and individuals to raise funds via bespoke corporate partnerships, online giving, eBay auctions, sponsored events and individual donations. To read more about the broad range of projects we have funded and the kinds of business partners we work with please visit our website: www.sea-changers.org.uk.
It is an exciting time of growth at Sea-Changers as our impact begins to scale up. To support this, we are looking for committed and motivated individuals to join our Trustee Team.
At Sea-Changers, the ocean is our passion. We are a volunteer run charity aiming to raise thousands of pounds for marine conservation in the UK. Our vision is to create a world where the seas and shores are clean and healthy and marine species are protected. What makes us different is how we raise the money for this important work. We aim to harness the energy, good will and resources of sea-users to create a sea-change in the amount of funding available for marine conservation.
Since 2011 we have given out over 250 small grants to UK based marine conservation projects….each one creating sea-change.
We are a UK marine conservation charity, managed by a small team of volunteers who love the UK’s seas, shores and wildlife. We give grants to UK marine charities and non-profits for conservation and research projects. We work with businesses and individuals to raise funds via bespoke corporate partnerships, online giving, eBay auctions, sponsored events and individual donations. Sea-Changers enables businesses to deliver their corporate social responsibility and to demonstrate care for the marine environment through charitable giving. We make it easy for those with a concern for the sea, and its future, to give something back.
The role of a Trustee is to ensure that Sea-Changers delivers on our vision, mission and values and fulfils its legal responsibilities and those outlined by the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The Board is jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the Trust Deed, legal and regulatory guidelines.
We are looking for individuals who have a strong empathy with our vision is to create a world where the seas and shores are clean and healthy, marine species are protected and where, far from damaging the oceans, those who use the sea for their commercial or leisure pursuits, positively contribute to the sustainability of the marine environment.
The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for activities related to duties may be claimed.
Location – Home based anywhere in the UK
Time commitment – As a minimum we would expect you to attend approximately 4 trustee meetings (held virtually) & one away day per year. In addition, twice a year the Trustees are requested to review applications to our main grant fund and make decisions regarding grant allocation. This can take several hours, perhaps half a day each time. However, we are hoping to recruit Trustees who may be able to commit further time and take up a more active role within the organisation if that is possible for them.
All Trustees should be aware of their responsibilities as outlined by The Charity Commission / OSCR.
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