Organisation: Environment Trust

Environment Trust is an established buildings preservation and natural environment conservation charity operating in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow. We educate, empower and mobilise people to improve, preserve and protect their neighbourhoods for the benefit of nature and people everywhere.

This is an exciting time to get involved with Environment Trust as the organisation undergoes a process of transformation to raise our profile and our impact as the leading body protecting and promoting nature and heritage conservation in Southwest London.


Role title:                 Heritage Trustee

Direct report :  Chair of Trustees

Time commitments: Attend Trustee Board meetings normally six times a year and the AGM. In addition, have sufficient time to attend meetings of the Property Committee, meet with and support the Heritage Project Manager. Represent and promote the Trust at various events and meetings with key people. Generate and process key documents and papers.

Remuneration:       The post is voluntary and not remunerated

Location:                 Meetings are normally held at the Trust’s office - ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR

Purpose of the role

The Heritage Trustee has the same statutory responsibilities as all trustees:

  1. To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  2. To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document;
  3. To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are;
  4. To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
  5. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation;
  6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation;
  7. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation;
  8. To protect and manage the property of the charity

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise

Additional Responsibilities of the Heritage Trustee

In addition to the above duties the Heritage Trustee will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise to the Board, Heritage Project Manager, CEO and other staff on the integration of heritage across the range of the Trust’s strategies and activities.

Person Specification


  • Demonstrate passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives and cause
  • Demonstrate a broad, clear knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the heritage sector including legislation, policy, conservation, architecture, historic Landscapes, heritage regeneration projects and conservation area management plans
  • Knowledge, commitment to and experience of community engagement and involvement
  • Knowledge and interest in environmental impact of environmental issues and concerns upon built heritage
  • Knowledge and experience of the funding challenges facing the heritage sector, including major capital projects, publicly funded projects and major private donors
  • Demonstrate good networking capabilities and strong personal connections in the heritage sector
  • Demonstrate experience of operating at a senior level achieving objectives within an organisation
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with demonstrable skills in fostering and promoting a collaborative team environment



  • Knowledge of heritage issues in South West London
  • Experience of working in a BPT
  • Qualifications as a historian or similar related profession

For further information about this role please contact John Anderson, Chair, on [email protected] or 07951 021655.