The IES needs new Council members (trustees) to help steer the Institution through its next stage of development and uphold an environmental science profession that is informed, trusted and a positive contributor to a sustainable society, economy and environment. Most of our Council members are elected from among the membership, but we have the capacity to appoint up to four additional trustees to augment skills where needed.
We are seeking trustees who can devote the time required to play their role effectively, with specific skills that can help us fulfil our charitable objectives. We are looking to add two Appointed Trustees:
- An individual with an understanding of financial and risk management and to act as the Honorary Treasurer
- An individual with an understanding of charity and/or employment law
Appointed trustees are asked to commit eight days a year to the IES. This includes attending four Council meetings which are usually held at the IES offices in London. Meetings are hosted during the week and during working hours. Remote access options are available. In addition, there is usually one away day per annum. Between meetings, appointed trustees are expected to contribute electronically to office and Council discussions.
Appointed Trustees are appointed for a period of three years.
All IES trustees should:
- Understand the role of the Trustee and be able to add value to the charity through expertise, counsel and sound judgement
- Understand competing pressures (financial, operational, personnel) involved in running a growing charity
- High intellectual capacity with the ability to distil complex information and bring a pragmatic approach to its application.
- Strong communication, networking and interpersonal skills
- An interest in the environment and a commitment to IES’s charitable Object.
- Experience of preparing financial or management accounts as an accountant (financial or management) or through acting as a treasurer at board level
- Professional experience of charity and/or employment law as a lawyer or solicitor or through extensive experience at board level with other charities or through any non-executive director role.
How to apply
The closing date for applications is Monday 27th May 2019. Interviews will take place on 3rd June (these can either be in person or via Skype).
All applicants are required to provide the following information:
- A complete and up-to-date CV;
- A supporting letter outlining the skills, experience and knowledge you will bring to the Council and how you meet the specification stated above. This should also state whether you have any unspent criminal convictions, and be no more than 2 pages long;
- Details of at least two referees that we may contact (we will not contact your referees without your prior consent); and
- Your contact details, including your email address and contact telephone number, and preferred method of contact.