What could you bring to the Board of the leading charity (The National Association Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB)) that champions Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business, and culture and it is the NAAONB that supports its member organisations while working tirelessly to promote the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty and advance the education, understanding and appreciation of the public.
Board member opportunities
It is an exciting time for NAAONB and they are now seeking up to five Trustees to strengthen their Board and equip them for the opportunities and challenges ahead, including rebranding to become the National Landscapes Association, and the Glover Review, which considered the next steps for National Parks and AONBs in England.
There is also the opportunity to become their next Chair as Philip Hygate stands down after twelve years of outstanding service and the Trustees vote for his successor from among the board members at the AGM in November.
They are looking for candidates who can provide evidence of at least one of the following criteria:
- A practical understanding and appreciation of countryside and landscape policy and its delivery in AONBs
- Broad fundraising experience from public and/or private sources
- Expertise in the arts and cultural sector
- Experience of community engagement
- Communications/marketing expertise in PR, social media or campaigning
- Expertise in building engagement with audiences previously under-represented amongst a customer base.
If you are interested in becoming the Chair of the National Association, you must also be able to provide evidence of:
- Experience of managing and leading a committee or board in consensual decision-making, empowering members and supporting staff
- Being an influential advocate and respected leader in your field.
They are looking for people who can act as advocates for NAAONB and AONBs and who will be committed to their vision that the natural beauty of AONBs is celebrated and thriving. They are seeking enthusiastic individuals with an interest in ensuring that AONBs are for everyone regardless of ethnicity, class, gender, age, and ability. They are particularly interested in improving the representation of younger people, people with disabilities, and minority ethnic groups on the Board and would welcome applications from people with lived experience.
How to apply
Application is by CV and a covering letter, which should indicate why you are interested in applying for a Board member role and how you meet the role requirements. Please send this to Lucinda Shaw at Eastside People, email@example.com. If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Lucinda to arrange a convenient time.
We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.
The closing date for applications is Mon 12 June 2023 with interviews via video conferencing taking place towards the end of June/early July.