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Trustees | CPRE The countryside charity

Join CPRE The countryside charity’s board as we pursue our exciting new strategy towards a beautiful and thriving countryside that’s accessible to everyone.

  • Location: London (currently virtual meetings)
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

Our countryside sustains us in every way. Its beautiful landscapes provide the food we eat and space for the nature and wildlife we love. There are pressures on the countryside from badly thought-out development, pollution and the climate emergency. If it is going to thrive, it needs our help. Through collaborating with everyone from communities to businesses, landowners and government we can influence effective, balanced and lasting progress towards a countryside that enriches all our lives and contributes to a zero-carbon future.

CPRE The countryside charity, has been standing up for the countryside for almost 100 years. We bring determination and passion to motivate others to act. From the Lake District to the South Downs, we have supported our breath-taking and awe-inspiring landscapes to win protection as National Parks amongst other significant victories.

Our charity has recently undergone an exciting transformation leading to a new brand, new strategy, organisational values and a new website and social media strategy. During the pandemic, everyone has recognised the benefits time spent in the countryside provides in improving physical and mental health. We are working harder than ever to promote, enhance and protect the countryside for everyone, including future generations.

Who we are looking for

As we embark on our new strategy and with the building blocks now in place, we face the challenge of promoting CPRE and our countryside mission to a wider audience. We need to inspire more people by sharing our successes and we must grow our membership and support for the longer-term. With this in mind, we are looking for two new trustees who can help us with these challenges, who bring a passion for the countryside, a customer focus and a strategic understanding of fundraising and marketing, membership and supporter engagement. We need you to help take us on to the next stage of our journey for the countryside.

We are keen to ensure our board is diverse and represents our whole society. Applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds, regions, and first-time trustees are particularly of interest. We are looking to balance the gender on our board as two of our trustees will come to the end of their terms this year.

The time commitment is around one day a month and the initial term of office is three years.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021

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To promote, enhance and protect a thriving countryside

CPRE The countryside charity campaigns to promote, enhance and protect the countryside for everyone’s benefit, wherever they live.

CPRE was established in 1926 with the aim of ensuring everyone could access and enjoy the countryside. We believe that is as important now as it was then – that a beautiful, thriving countryside enriches all our lives.

With a local CPRE in every county, we work with communities, businesses and government to find positive and lasting ways to help the countryside thrive – today and for generations to come.

Which means we can influence effective, balanced and lasting progress in the countryside, finding informed ways forward that enrich all our lives.

We're CPRE, and we stand up for positive progress

We connect people with the countryside so that everyone can benefit from and value it.

We promote rural life to ensure the countryside and its communities can thrive.

We empower communities to improve and protect their local environment.

Through all our work we look at the role of our countryside in tackling the climate emergency, including seeking ways to increase resilience and reduce impact.

A beautiful and thriving countryside that enriches lives

Our Values


We are inclusive and respectful of everybody, no matter who they are or where they live. Our countryside is for everyone and so are we.


We value lasting and effective relationships. We invite and encourage collaboration to find what is best for the countryside we love.


We use evidence, knowledge and experience to influence positive change. Others believe what we say because they know we can back it up.


We bring ambition and determination to everything we do. We channel our passion to motivate others and encourage them to act.

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    If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee, CPRE” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please check your application has been received by contacting:

    CPRE The countryside charity is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss any adjustments or support which are required.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: TBC
    Interviews: TBC

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