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Future Gardeners seeks new Trustee with governance expertise

Future Gardeners seeks new Trustee with governance expertise

Closing Date
2 December 2022
London SE1
Time Commitment
Meetings held 6 times a year

Future Gardeners is looking to recruit a governance specialist – a new trustee who will take the lead for co-ordinating a sound structure for the charity, supported by the existing trustees, who form a small friendly team but don’t have the skills at the right level. We need help with how we run ourselves. This includes policies, inter trustee communications, terms of reference for sub groups, risk strategy and most importantly, helping Future Gardeners through its Strategy and Business Planning phases as we develop the service.

Future Gardeners provides a rich experience for trainees – giving practical horticultural skills, teamwork and a City and Guilds qualification.   It targets those most in need of support, builds their employability, and links them to high profile employers in horticulture and parks. The service has a tangible, often life changing impact on clients.

The Future Gardeners model has been developed through five years of delivery between Bankside Open Spaces Trust, who employ staff and have delivered the local model, and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (WCOG), who have been responsible for partnership with key industry organisations, certification, and donors. Both remain important partners.  The Royal Parks Guild and Walworth Garden were also instrumental in establishing the programme.

This new, ambitious charity, created in 2021, will lead fundraising and development of the Future Gardeners model to further sites. It is a time of intense change for us as we build an organisation to take on these ambitions.

What are we looking for?

You will have good experience of trustee organisations and understanding of strategy and business planning, and sound organisational process.

We’re also looking for

  • Knowledge of charity fundraising and finance practices
  • Experience or understanding of voluntary or trustee groups
  • Commitment to helping Future Gardeners develop its model of work experience and training and support its clients to change their lives
  • Initiative and drive to develop our protocols and processes
  • Analytical skills, and quick learning
  • Communication and collaborative meeting skills
  • Understanding, adaptability and kindness to help the Board reach decisions and shape our new organisation as it grows so it can continue to change lives
  • Maturity of outlook.
  • Experience in a senior role in an organisation or voluntary group
  • Applicants under 50, and those from cultures and ethnicities other than white British will be welcomed

What difference will you make?

With your input we will be able to build our small charity into a robust organisation to ensure its sustainability and make a far wider impact, giving many more people a fresh start and the opportunity of a worthwhile career in horticulture

You’ll become part of a small friendly team at a crucial and exciting time in the development of this charity, helping shape its future.  Most trustees to date are members of WCOG and have been involved from the outset. You will have the opportunity to attend graduation ceremonies, meet our trainees and appreciate the difference your volunteering makes to their lives.  Their future employers will soon convince you how much the training is needed.

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