Conservation Trustee

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Organisation: Plant Heritage

Location Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HS
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit none
Application deadline 12 May 2017
Opportunity type Trustee/Governor
Reference number J54593

Opportunity description

We are recruiting a Trustee for Plant Heritage to support the implementation of our new Conservation Strategy.

The role

Working with the Chairman of the Plant Conservation Committee (PCC) and the Plant Conservation Team, this trustee will be an advocate for Plant Heritage and its conservation work and will liaise between the Board and the PCC.

The duties and responsibilities of the Conservation Trustee  includes, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Supporting and advising the Board to make decisions regarding the development and implementation of Plant Heritage’s Conservation Strategy
  • Attending any relevant Plant Conservation Committee meetings to represent the Board, and ensuring that the Board’s strategic aims and priorities are progressed and providing a link to the Board
  • Agreeing with the Board the priorities needed to fulfill the charity’s Plant Conservation Strategy objectives and reporting on progress towards meeting them.
  • Supporting the Plant Conservation team in a mentoring and advisory role
  • Being a confident and worthy ambassador for Plant Heritage with all key stakeholders
  • Reflecting annually on the Board’s performance and your own performance as a trustee.
  • Supporting the charity by acting as an advocate for Plant Heritage and its conservation work at events to enhance public recognition and fundraising.


Required skills

  • Lecturing / public speaking
  • General management
  • Volunteer management
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Research

Person description


  • Experience of successfully leading a plant conservation initiative
  • Experience in a management role with a similar conservation based organisation
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills and the ability to exert influence across the plant conservation/horticultural sector
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Vision, creativity and strategic thinking
  • Intellect, integrity, motivation and drive, backed by excellent communication skills and a strong commitment to delivering results


  • Experience of managing projects
  • Experience of working with a variety of stakeholders and partner organisations
  • Past role in either horticulture or at a Botanic Garden

What impact the opportunity will have

The whole of Plant Heritage's work in conservation is delivered by volunteers, many of whom are experts in their field.  The Conservation Strategy was revised and relaunched in 2016 and the Board is looking for an individual with a broad understanding of the world of horticulture and plant conservation who can drive forward the work, being an ambassador for the charity and ensuring that the strategic work of the Board and operational work of the Plant Conservation Committee of experts gels to deliver our key charitable objectives.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Plant Heritage is at a crossroads which could see the charity grow substantially and therefore make a significant impact on cultivated plant conservation in the next 5 years.  You will have the chance to help lead the change to make that happen through partnership working with key stakeholders such as the RHS, the National Trust, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Horticultural Trades Association.

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

3 1/2 day Board meetings, 1 all day 2 1/2 day Plant Conservation Committee meetings 1or 2 Council meetings Min 10 days/year to attend key meetings

Other details

It would be desirable for candidates to attend a Council meeting on 26th April to meet other Trustees and local Group committee members and National Collection Holders

Additional application instructions

For further information about Plant Heritage please see our website