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Trustee (Commercial) The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust

If you want to protect human life, property, and the natural environment in the immediate surroundings of the Alde and Ore estuary and have commercial or fundraising experience, we want to hear from you.

  • Location: Suffolk
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust (AOET) is a charity aiming to provide, preserve, maintain, and improve river defences and flood protection — whilst always considering the conservation and protection of the natural environment, flora, fauna, features of historic interest and the landscape and beauty of the Alde and Ore.

We will achieve this by funding the upgrade of the flood defences on the river walls. This will produce major benefits to both the local and UK economies, health, well-being, and the natural environment.

As anyone living near the estuary will be aware, at this time of year, the communities experience storm surges. With the increase in sea level, dramatic weather events and the natural deterioration of the walls themselves, this highlights the urgent need to upgrade and improve the defences against a catastrophic flood.

We have already funded significant work on the design of flood defences which will hugely improve their resilience to a major flood. We have the design and the technology. We just need to make it happen.

We have funded the East Suffolk Water Management Board (ESWMB) to produce cost estimates for the whole project to improve the river wall embankments throughout the estuary. In January 2023, we received welcome confirmation that the ESWMB will get a grant allocation of £11.1 million from the government. But there is more to do to bridge the gap and with the generosity of everyone and charitable foundations, we can reach our goal and raise over £20 million to complete the project.

About the role

As we move into the exciting phase of fundraising, we are looking for new trustees who are passionate about the communities, well-being, wildlife, the environment and features of historic interest to join us.

In particular, we are looking for a trustee who will bring commercial acumen, and a natural ambassador who is excited about the prospect of working with our external fundraising partners and our local communities to fund this vital work.

Time commitment

The board tends to meet 4 times a year with a mixture of in-person and online. When it is face-to-face, this tends to be in Aldeburgh.

The board meet occasionally throughout the year, virtually, for ad hoc conversations and meetings with board members, our external fundraising consultants, and our fundraising strategy group.

We expect the time commitment to be the equivalent of a day a month spread across various activities such as preparation for board meetings, ad hoc discussions and conversations with board members and attending events throughout the year.


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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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About us

Our objectives are to protect human life, property and the natural environment in the immediate surroundings of the Alde and Ore estuary.

Preserve

Within the flood risk area of the estuary, there are homes, businesses, farms and public spaces that are vital resources of national importance. As well as these, the unique estuary habitats support an amazingly diverse group of species of wildlife and plants.

We owe it to all of these to make sure they are preserved and safeguarded for the future.

Improve

Many sections of the existing flood defences are in poor condition and vulnerable to a 1 in 10-year flood event — some of them to a 1-in-5 event. We know a catastrophic flood can happen at any time.

We have already funded significant work on the design of flood defences which will hugely improve their resilience to a major flood. We have the design and the technology. We just need to make it happen. 

Protect

We know a major flood can cause damage to homes, businesses, wildlife habitats and the environment. We also know that flooding is a threat to the mental health and well-being of entire communities.

Our plans, once implemented, will be a protective shield against all these threats and provide security within local communities for generations to come.

This will be a significant capital project, but calculations show that in economic terms alone, every £1 spent on upgrading the sea walls will return £4.10 of economic benefit.

The latest estimates (calculated in June 2022) are that the cost of the whole project will be £44.5 million, which includes a contingency of £13.7 million. The cost split between the two phases of the project are:

  • Phase 1: the Upper Estuary £12.2 million, including a contingency of £3.4 million.
  • Phase 2: the Lower Estuary £32.3 million, including a contingency of £10.3 million.

We have funded the East Suffolk Water Management Board to produce cost estimates for the whole project, to improve the river wall embankments throughout the estuary.

The ESWMB has had to split the project in two (Phase 1 the Upper Estuary and Phase 2 the Lower Estuary) for technical reasons based on Environment Agency rules.

We have asked the ESWMB to apply for eligible grants from government and other sources to support this work. These grants are calculated based on a specific set of government funding rules (the ESWMB are very familiar with these formulae and have a lot of experience dealing with them).

So their calculations of the amount we can get are reliable. They forecast total grants available for the whole project to be £21.1 million.  Split £11.1 million for phase 1 and £10.0 million for phase 2.

The Trust with farmers and landowners has the funds to close the funding gap for phase 1.

As you can see though, there will still be a £20 million total difference.

In January 2023, we received welcome confirmation that the ESWMB will get a grant allocation of £11.1 million from the government — of which £3 million is from The Regional Flood And Coastal Committee local levy funding.

This is for Phase 1. It will be a 7-to-8-year project for the whole estuary. So, it is good news that we can now start the work straight away.

The funding gap looks daunting, but it can be bridged. A feasibility study has concluded it is achievable.

Together, we can meet this challenge through charitable foundations and the amazing generosity of everyone who supports this project.

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

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 25th March 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome by: Thursday 28th March 2024
    Interviews online: Thursday 4th April 2024


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