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Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and three Trustee roles Galapagos Conservation Trust

Join the board of the only charity in the UK working solely for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands through restoring habitats, protecting species and driving sustainable solutions.

  • Location: London, meetings are currently virtual.
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses.

Tracey Jennings/GCT

As the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are truly awe-inspiring, home to an incredible array of species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique and ecologically important but vulnerable areas in the world. They are also under threat from the effects of climate change and increasing human presence.

Galapagos Conservation Trust is the only UK charity to focus exclusively on the conservation and sustainability of the Islands. We raise funds and awareness in the UK to support and deliver conservation projects in Galapagos focusing on restoring natural habitats, conserving threatened species, and driving sustainable solutions. We work with a wide range of delivery partners, both in Galapagos and the UK, and, raising just over £1 million in income, we punch well above our weight and are ambitious to continue our growth and impact.

We partner with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities, and leading researchers both in Galapagos and the UK to support impactful science and conservation programmes and deliver education and community outreach across the Archipelago. Our flagship projects include making the Galapagos plastic pollution free once again, because, even as one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, the Galapagos is not exempt from this destructive issue. Our Plastic Pollution Free Galapagos programme is a multi-million, multi-year project which feeds into the broader work tackling pollution across the Eastern Pacific region.

Given the impact of climate change in our world and following the global pandemic we are needed more than ever to ensure the protection and conservation of the Galapagos and all the endangered species found on Darwin’s enchanted isles. Our current strategy has three main pillars to drive our growth, invest in our organisation and develop our communications so we can continue to amplify our voice and impact to provide more sustainable solutions for the future. We are growing and although we are a small organisation, we are well respected and highly regarded as a knowledgeable and trusted voice on climate change, sustainability, conservation, and everything we do with ensuring the protection of Galapagos.

In 2022, we will be planning our next three-year strategy, where we want to build on our growth and impact. As an ambitious and passionate team we are looking for four new Trustees who will support us to build a new innovative and strategic plan for the coming years.

After serving the maximum three terms, both Jonathan Lea and Michael Drake will come to the end of their terms in summer 2022.

With this in mind, we are looking for two new Trustees as their replacements:

  • A new Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk committee. This person will be a passionate strategic finance professional with an understanding of the charity sector.
  • A Trustee with legal expertise. We are looking for a Trustee who can apply legal critical thinking in their role on our Board and help support the team with ad hoc legal queries.

We are also looking for two additional Trustees who are passionate about tackling climate change and halting the devastation of wildlife in Galapagos and who share our vision and ambitious mission. The successful applicants should bring a broad range of skills and experience, including but not limited to:

  • Expertise and knowledge of climate change, the environment and sustainability;
  • A connection to Ecuador;
  • Knowledge of conservation projects, programmes and operating overseas;
  • Digital expertise including website development and fundraising; and
  • Strategic thinking combined with an ability to challenge, support and advise.

The Board meets four times a year (currently virtually) and we have three sub committees which usually meet four times a year; Finance, Audit and Risk, Programmes and Grants, and Fundraising and Communications. We also have a Nominations and Recruitment committee that meets less frequently. We have an annual strategy away day and our Trustees can attend our other events a number of times throughout the year. We expect the time commitment to be up to a day a month and this is inclusive of preparation for meetings, reading board papers, communication with staff and Trustees and attendance at events.

This is an opportunity to lead an organisation through an exciting period of growth and to impact and transform our world and lives for the future.

Closing date: Monday 24th January 2022

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk |  07872 031 079


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Jennifer Horan

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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your time and interest in becoming a Trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

As the only UK charity working solely for the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands, we play an important role in protecting a unique and pristine ecosystem; an ecosystem which was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking theory of natural selection and the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The future of the Galapagos is under threat from the impact of climate change and human intervention, our current strategy focuses on a number of pillars to increase our funding and programmatic work and as we embark on a new strategy of growth and development, we are looking to appoint a number of new Trustees including a new Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk committee. We are looking to develop and drive innovation and creativity at board level to support our fantastic staff team and so we are looking for a number of new Trustees with a broad skillset including legal, climate change, sustainability, digital and people who have a connection to Ecuador.

The public have always been fascinated by the Galapagos and we are in a position today to grow further, as a team we are ambitious about our future and want to continue our journey of growth and development. If you have the skills needed to take us even further, please get in touch with our advising consultants at Peridot Partners.

The Board of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Ivan Dario Vasquez/GCT

Who we are

Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) was founded in 1995 and is the only UK charity working solely for the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. The incredible diversity of wildlife found in Galapagos is what makes this volcanic Archipelago so very special, and our work aims to promote the conservation of endangered species found on Darwin’s Enchanted Isles.

By raising funds and awareness in the UK, we can support and deliver projects in Galapagos, helping to contribute to the overall management of this unique ecosystem and enabling us to achieve maximum positive impact in our efforts to conserve the special wildlife of these Islands.

Our Vision

The Trust supports, develops and promotes projects that achieve measurable conservation, sustainable living, and protection of the environment of Galapagos.

Our 2020-2022 Strategy

Our four Strategic Objectives focus on:

  • Increasing our impact through three programme themes: Restoring Habitats, Protecting Species and Driving Sustainable Solutions;
  • Driving income growth through a major gift strategy;
  • Investing in our organisation by growing our staff team;
  • Developing our communications strategy.

By focusing on three core pillars of activity, we will work to protect the unique species of the Archipelago such as the giant tortoise; restore the Islands’ natural habitat, with a key focus on Floreana; and provide sustainable solutions by ridding the Islands of plastic pollution. Spanning all three pillars is our commitment to eradicating invasive species, tackling climate change impacts and engaging people & communities through our education and outreach work.

Our Values

  • Professional – We always retain integrity, honesty and respect for each other and those we encounter.
  • Creative – We have a mix of individuals with different skills and are open to new ideas. We find new and innovative ways to talk about our projects and fundraise for them.
  • Performance-driven – We strive to meet our mission. We ensure our programmes are impactful through clear planning with measurable results.
  • Celebratory – We take pride in what we deliver, and our supporters should too. No matter if they are big or small, we celebrate our learnings and successes. We make sure to communicate our successes to our supporters.
  • Open & Inclusive – We are one team and value all our supporters, partners, staff and volunteers. We are respectful and transparent in the way we act and operate.
  • Flexible –We are open to new and exciting opportunities and new ways of doing things. We understand that not every problem can be solved the same way and so are adaptable and agile with our solutions.

We, at Galapagos Conservation Trust, understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfill your needs.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Jennifer Horan | Jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

    Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk |  07872 031 079

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    Closing date: Monday 24th January 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: w/c 31st January 2022

    Interviews: w/c 7th February 2022

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