Chair of Trustees


Environmental Investigation Agency UK

EIA UK is seeking an experienced individual to join the Board of Trustees, with a view to replacing the outgoing Chair in 2020. We are seeking a Trustee who can provide strong leadership and steer the organisation through structural change.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

EIA investigates and campaigns against environmental crime and abuse

Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants, pangolins and tigers and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops such as palm oil. We work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by addressing the threats posed by plastic pollution, bycatch and commercial exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Finally, we reduce the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector. We use our findings in hard-hitting reports to campaign for improved governance and more effective enforcement.

Our field experience is used to provide guidance to enforcement agencies and we form partnerships with local groups and activists and support their work through hands-on training.

Person specification


  • Leadership skills
  • Experience of chairing meetings
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Experience of line managing people
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • A passion for the work of EIA UK
  • A willingness to engage contacts to advance the work of EIA Trust
  • A willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort
  • The ability to think strategically
  • An understanding of the difference between governance and operational control and the role of a non-executive
  • The ability to exercise good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind;
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life – Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership


  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector and other networks
  • Experience of working at a senior management/leadership level
  • Experience of the charity sector
  • Experience of environmental campaigning organisations
  • Financial literacy

EIA UK recognises the positive value of diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

Closing date for applications

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

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