Lower Moss Wood are recruiting for new Trustees- do you have skills and experience that would support our charity?

Find out what it means to be a trustee below…

Trustees play a large and responsible role in safeguarding the Charity through strategic governance and responsible decision making. In addition to trustees’ statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions, which may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.


Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit

Its about knowing:

  • 👍 What the charity can and cant do within its purposes
  • 👍 How the charity is fulfilling its purposes and benefiting the public
  • 👍 What difference the charity is really making

Act in your charitys best interests

Its about:

  • 👍 making balanced, informed decisions
  • 👍 recognising and dealing with conflicts of interest
  • 👍 ensuring trustee benefits are allowed
  • 👍 being prepared to question and challenge
  • 👍 accepting majority decisions
  • Its not about:
  • 👎 preserving the charity for its own sake
  • 👎 serving personal interests

Manage your charitys resources responsibly

Its about:

  • 👍 managing risks, protecting assets, reputation and people
  • 👍 getting the resources the charity needs
  • 👍 having and following appropriate controls and procedures
  • 👍 dealing with land and buildings
  • 👍 responsibility for, and to, staff and volunteers

Comply with your charitys governing document and the law

Its about being:

  • 👍 familiar with the charitys constitution
  • 👍 up to date with filing accounts, returns and any changes to the charitys registration details
  • 👍 aware of other laws that apply to the charity
  • Its not about being:
  • 👌 an expert – but you do need to take reasonable steps to find out

Ensure your charity is accountable

Its about:

  • 👍 meeting legal accounting 👍 and reporting requirements
  • 👍 being able to show that the charity complies with the law and is effective
  • 👍 being accountable to members and others with an interest in the charity
  • 👍 ensuring that staff and volunteers are accountable to the board
  • 👍 welcoming accountability as an opportunity not a burden

Act with reasonable care and skill

Its about:

  • 👍 using your skill and experience
  • 👍 deciding when you need advice
  • 👍 preparing for meetings
  • 👍 getting the information you need – financial management
  • 👍 being prepared in case something does go wrong

What difference will you make? 

Your knowledge and experience will help us with our ambitious plans to continue to innovate and expand. You will play a critical role in our strategic decisions and developing future plans for Lower Moss Wood to continue to teach and provide information on wildlife and conservation and to provide a facility for the reception of injured, sick and orphaned wild animals and bird.

What’s in it for you? 

You will have an opportunity to use your expertise in benefit of our future strategy. We are going through a period of growth and by joining us as a trustee, you will be able to be an active part of the expansion of our services and witness first-hand the impact of what we achieve. 

Time commitment 

Board meetings last approximately 90 minutes every month (dates to be agreed). Some time is also required for preparing for meetings and other ad-hoc communications. Board meetings are held in the study centre at Lower Moss Wood.

How to apply Applications should be made via email to Rachel Jackson rachel@lowermosswood.com. Closing date: 9am Wednesday 28th October 2020