Butterfly Conservation (BC) is a charitable organisation focused on taking bold, ambitious steps to conserve butterflies and moths. In turn we can also help restore biodiversity, mitigate the climate crisis, and start to rebuild the vital kinship between people and the natural world.

Our vision is to have a world where butterflies and moths thrive and can be enjoyed by everyone, forever. If you are passionate about being part of nature’s recovery, making a meaningful impact, and rebuilding the relationship between people and the natural world, we want you on our team. As a Trustee, you will have the opportunity to influence our strategy and support our expert staff and volunteers in the conservation of butterflies and moths helping them to deliver on our key strategic goals.

We have a dedicated team of up to 10 trustees who are responsible for the purpose and overall strategic direction of the charity, and who provide the governance and accountability framework to ensure we are operating and using our funds in the most effective and efficient way.

Become a Trustee

We are excited to invite enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to stand for election to BC’s Board of Trustees 2024. We are looking to strengthen our existing Board with up to three new Trustees.

The Trustee Role (Voluntary)

As a Trustee, you will serve on the governing body of the charity and be instrumental, alongside your fellow Trustees, in providing the governance that supports the CEO and Senior Leadership Team in the successful running of the organisation, ensuring that it delivers its charitable objectives and long-term vision and purpose. The Board is ultimately responsible for the organisation’s viability and legal responsibilities.

The Board is seeking to reflect BC’s requirement for a skilled and diverse group of Trustees, and we welcome candidates with the skills and experience required to fulfil the responsibilities of a Trustee as detailed in our role description. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with relevant experience in the following areas:

  • Advocacy/lobbying skills
  • Fundraising and marketing
  • Environmental leadership
  • Financial experience, particularly in the charitable sector

Please click here to view a full role description

To be eligible to stand as a candidate for the position of Trustee, candidates must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not be disqualified from acting as a charity trustee
  • Have not been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (or any such conviction is legally regarded as spent)
  • Have not been involved in tax fraud
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt or have taken out an Individual Voluntary Arrangement
  • Not made compositions or arrangement with your creditors from which you have not been discharged
  • Not have been removed from serving as a charity trustee, or been stopped from acting in a management position within a charity
  • Not have been disqualified from serving as a Company Director

Candidates must have a keen personal interest in the environment, and be willing to learn the role of being a Trustee.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your CV plus a short covering letter (max one page of A4), outlining why you would like to become a BC Trustee and what you would bring to the role, to Elaine Crooke, Governance Officer, at @email.

The deadline for completed applications to be received is 5pm on Monday 29 April 2024.

The Trustee role is entirely voluntary, although all expenses will be paid. The time commitment we ask of people in this role is around 8 hours per month, which will include attendance at quarterly council meetings and sub-committee meetings, time to read and scrutinise meeting papers, and participate in other tasks that arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, helping with fundraising, etc.

Our existing trustees are from a variety of backgrounds, and you can find out more about them here.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is free to be themselves and able to give their best. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from underrepresented groups and will ensure no applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender reassignment, sex, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, race, or any other protected or other characteristic. If you have the right skills and experience, and our vision and values resonate with you, we’d love to hear from you.

Our Values

E – we deliver excellence
P – we are passionate
I – we are inspiring
C – we are collaborative

A detailed role description is available here.

Timescales

We plan to hold online interviews with shortlisted applicants in May. Following interviews, successful candidates will be asked to put themselves forward for the 2024 Trustee elections. This will involve completing an application form for membership of the Board, and supplying an election address. At that point, you will need to be a BC member, and your nomination will need to be proposed by another BC member. We will help you with this process. The election results will be announced at BC’s National AGM on Saturday 9 November 2024. Further details regarding the AGM will be available on our website shortly.

The timetable for the recruitment, nomination and election process is outlined below:

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Call for Trustee applications opens

Monday 29th April 2024

Deadline for Trustee applications

Friday 10th May and Tuesday 14th May 2024

Interviews

Thursday 30th May 2024

Trustee nominations open

Thursday 27th June 2024

Trustee nominations close

Friday 27th September 2024

Election voting opens

Friday 25th October 2024

Election voting closes

Saturday 9th November 2024

Election results announced at the AGM

Further Information

Further information about becoming a Butterfly Conservation Trustee can be found in the documents linked below. More information about being a Trustee of a UK charity is available from the UK Charity Commission.