Vacancy: Chair of the Board of Trustees

Get involved in the sustainability sector and help support greener, fairer and healthier communities in Birmingham. We’re looking for a Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Welcome to ecobirmingham and thank you for your interest in the role of Chair. 

This is an exciting time for the charity, and we are looking for a new Chair to support and guide the Executive Team and Trustees over the next three to six years.  The organisation has grown from a small environmental base called Northfield Eco Centre to ecobirmingham, a well-known and respected city-wide environmental charity helping many communities to live more sustainable lives.  

We give the people of Birmingham the tools to take positive action and focus on a holistic approach to sustainable living looking at transport, food, education, waste, energy, and creative learning.  A relatively small team of staff, associates and volunteers achieve this by leading specialist projects in many of the city’s 69 wards.  

Our current strategic plan is by 2030 to help 25% of Birmingham residents begin their ‘sustainable lifestyle journey’ based on their values, priorities and resources. This will create a ‘tipping point’ of ongoing action across the city. To achieve this, we will use city wide digital products, such as our 69 wards walking and cycling map, and more in-depth support working through community development organisations.  

Our latest Impact Report can give you more of a sense of the reach of our work and the Chair will play a key role in supporting the strategic direction of the Charity and use of the Trustee team as ambassadors.  This is a voluntary position but offers the successful candidate the chance to develop their own leadership and team building skills supporting the charity.  

Ideally the new Chair should have some experience of charity governance and will have been a trustee for a charity before or part of the executive reporting to a charity. 

The Chair will oversee the Chief Executive and Trustees leading Board meetings, taking a key part in Away Days, conducting their annual appraisals and supporting the CEO with regular catch ups. There is a time commitment, but we can offer flexibility to work around busy lives. 

Most of all we need a fantastic advocate for ecobirmingham, representing the organisation externally, inspiring the team to grow and excel and play a key role in helping us build greener, fairer and healthier communities in Birmingham  

Application Process 

You can download the role description and supporting information pack below:

Role Description

Chair Supporting Information Pack

Equality & Diversity Form

Please send you CV with a covering letter, stating your experience, skills, and interest in the role along with your completed Equality and Diversity Form to [email protected] (preferred) or by post to Anne Dasgupta, ecobirmingham, Northfield Ecocentre, 53 Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B31 2LB.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 3rd June 2024

Interviews will be held on Monday 17th June or Tuesday 18th June 2024 

If, after reading the role description and looking at our website, you have any further questions that will help inform your decision to apply, please email [email protected] to arrange an informal chat about the role.

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