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Trustees – Finance & HR Community Forest Trust

The Community Forest Trust (CFT) supports, enables and champions England’s 15 Community Forests, creating a strong and resilient network of woodlands that enhance the environment for people, wildlife and the wider planet.

  • Location: England wide
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Who we are.

Community Forest Trust supports, enables and champions England’s network of Community Forests so that they have an increasing and positive impact on people’s health and happiness and the environment – improving the agriculture, commerce, and climate of derelict or harmful sites.

Community Forests ensure urban areas are economically, socially and environmentally more sustainable and resilient for everyone. They support the regeneration of local communities and create better places. They also educate and empower people about environmental matters and transform places for the social and economic well-being of the community.

About the role.

CFT  is a registered charity with a Board of Trustees and has a small but dynamic team.

They are currently looking for two new Trustees to join the Board with Finance and HR skills.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to a high-profile agenda and support the delivery of national programmes of tree planting.

All trustees must be committed to helping take the organisation through the next few years of dynamic and exciting change, evolution of operations and on-the-ground delivery.

Who are we looking for?

CFT is looking for a Finance and HR Trustees. They need to be aligned with CFT’s values and able to bring the skills listed below.


Person Specifications:

CFT need additional board members with the specific skills, outlined below, who also bring vision and an appreciation and understanding of how to grow a network in a non-traditional and decentralised way that empowers all partners and stakeholders.

Strategic Finance & Risk Trustee:

CFT is seeking a finance and risk Trustee who has a background as a Chief Finance Officer or senior Finance Director who can offer strategic guidance to a multi-faceted, multi-million-pound charity at this pivotal time in their growth.

This individual needs to be a qualified accountant with significant experience in operating at a strategic level. A person who appreciates the needs of a complex and growing organisation with diverse income and expenditure is needed for this role. CFT’s finances are multi-faceted because they apply for funding, distribute grants and are also developing their Green Finance work so that they can monetise the outputs of England’s Community Forests, as appropriate. They are also diversifying their income including through fundraising.

The new trustee will also Chair the quarterly Finance & Risk Committee for CFT and attend the quarterly Board meetings. They will work with the CEO and Finance Manager as well as the external auditors concerning all financial matters and relevant reporting cycles.

Human Resources Trustee:

CFT needs a senior HR professional with Organisational Development experience who can offer strategic advice and support to their People Strategy and Plan. CFT, also, have a multi-faceted people management model with a small team of direct employees and a much larger pool of people who are employed by partners such as ECF and Local Authorities. They work with external professional HR support but want to develop a proactive People Strategy and monitor its operational implementation so that they can ensure all people working across the forests are aligned to the shared ambitions and purpose of England’s forests and are offered a rigorous career pathway.

CFT want to inspire people from diverse and under-represented communities to get involved in forests and to establish and champion working with trees and in forests as the attractive profession that it is.

They, also, want to embed best practices and policies into their People strategy and to ensure EDI, Learning & Development and Safeguarding are key parts of this. This new Trustee will Chair the HR Committee.

All Trustees must align with CFT’s Values:

  • CFT are passionate about the power of trees to transform urban environments.

They aim to innovate, share knowledge and collaborate to achieve best practice in the field of community forestry.

  • They see England’s Community Forests as a way to achieve widespread, environmental, social and economic benefits.
  • CFT act as an advocate for England’s Community Forests and aims to listen, be responsive and work in close partnership; and
  • They work in partnership with others. This includes a combined ECF level and the individual ECFs.


Unremunerated but reasonable travel expenses paid.

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

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

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About the Community Forest Trust

CFT is the supporting and enabling organisation for England’s Community Forests. Our purpose and mission is to support, enable and champion the work of England’s Community Forests.

Community forestry is all about involving people in planting and accessing trees and looking after woodlands, creating greener places that urban communities can enjoy. We are passionate about the power of trees to transform places and strengthen and enhance all communities.

Collectively, the work of England’s Community Forests represents the largest environmental regeneration initiative in England.

The UK has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. 25% of this carbon-neutral ambition will be delivered through tree planting with 30,000 hectares of trees being delivered every year from 2024 to 2050. These are levels of afforestation never before seen in our history and England’s Community Forests (ECFs) have a huge part to play in delivering this.

CFT supports all aspects of England Community Forest’s work – strategic development, funding diversification and growth, HR & recruitment, land acquisition and management, programme delivery and enrolment of new trusts and subsidiaries who join the network.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 29th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: After Wednesday 1st May 2024
    First Stage Interviews: w/c 13th May 2024 (online)
    Second Stage Interviews: TBC (in-person)


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