To support our continued success, we are looking to appoint a Chair of Trustees due to the forthcoming retirement of the present Chair.  This an opportunity to lead an independent charity that works with local communities to conserve, protect and improve the environment, natural resources and facilities of the local countryside. We are looking for a volunteer who has a passion for the outdoors and nature, who can make a strong contribution to our charity.

PKCT is committed to diversity and the Chair position is open to adults of all ages and backgrounds. Please find a copy of the role descriptor at the bottom of this page for further details.

Should you wish to speak with someone to discuss the role further, please contact our current Chair, Neil Kilpatrick

Organisation profile

Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust is an independent charity regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (Charity No. SC027481).  PKCT has led a number of very successful projects in the outstanding environment of the Perth and Kinross countryside involving negotiating access to land, building footpaths, caring for Scotland’s most spectacular woodlands and trees, and working on conservation projects; all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

We work in partnership with other organisations and community groups to help make Perthshire one of the most accessible destinations in Scotland. The staff of five are led by a Trust Manager and are based in Perth.

The Board of Trustees

There are currently nine trustees; four of whom are nominated by Scottish Natural Heritage, Perth and Kinross Council, and the Forestry Commission.  The composition of the board reflects a wide range of relevant expertise and experience of the countryside environment.

Trustees have a collective responsibility to oversee the governance and development of the Trust in line with OCSR guidelines and responsibility for agreeing the organisation’s strategy, governance and to work with staff to deliver agreed plans and objectives.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of running board meetings in the public or private sectors
  • Knowledge and experience of good governance practice in the charitable sector
  • Understanding of financial accounting and management reporting
  • Experience of fundraising in the charitable sector
  • An enthusiasm and understanding of development work in the environmental field
  • The ability to manage and motivate senior staff
  • Experience of strategic planning and good public communications

Time Commitment

The full board meets four times a year and there are intermittent sub-committee meetings attended by relevant trustees.  In all the time commitment is 1-2 days per month on a voluntary basis.

Application notes

If you would like to apply, please forward a brief C.V. and covering letter to the Chair of Trustees, Neil Kilpatrick by noon on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Visit the rest of our website for more information about the organisation.

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