Who we are
The Gaia Trust is a registered charity and CIO (Charitable incorporated Organisation) that has been active in Devon and Cornwall since 1988. Our mission is “Farming for people and wildlife”, with the objective of:
• Productive, sustainable farming
• That provides benefits for people and communities
• And enhances wildlife and the environment
The Trust is responsible for five properties that it owns in Cornwall and , totalling 220 hectares (544 acres).
As a charity, we have a volunteer board of Trustees who bring their own individual areas of expertise to benefit the organisation. Among the many skills they have are business development, financial management; charity governance, farming and environmental issues.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of an organisation. The Gaia Trust CIO employs a professional Director to manage the charity day to day. He leads a small work team and liaises with our farmers to deliver our vision of environmentally friendly farming on more than 250 hectares of land that we own in Cornwall and Devon
The Role of a Trustee
The Trustees work closely with the Director on the strategic direction of the charity. They coordinate and attend quarterly board meetings, through which they review the work of the charity and provide advice, support and focus attention onto the areas that the Gaia Trust needs to consider and prepare for. The Trustees strive to continuously improve what we do and respond to the changing environment in which the charity operates.
The role of a Trustee is to be a critical friend to the management team, lending expertise and experience to help guide the organisation in achieving its aims and sometimes competing objectives. You will be joining a supportive, friendly, and collegial team that will help you develop, train and grow your role as a Trustee. Trustees can expect to thoroughly enjoy the role and will find it is a very rewarding experience. The Trustees work on a voluntary (unpaid) capacity for the benefit of the charity and are expected to take part in Board meetings (in person or remotely) up to 4 times per year.
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