Chair of Trustees

Greater London

South West London Environment Network

We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees who will play a leading role in reshaping the environmental & heritage sector in South West London.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) builds active and engaged communities who protect and enhance our local environment. We work in the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Ealing, Hounslow and Kingston upon Thames. Our work focuses on preserving and protecting green spaces and biodiversity through community and voluntary groups involvement, community development, promoting sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions.
SWLEN also chairs and acts as the secretariat of the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership.
SWLEN exists to build active and engaged communities who protect and enhance our local environment. Our core values are:
Local empowerment – we passionately believe the best way to protect and enhance the environment is through empowering local people to take an interest, become involved and to take action themselves.
Collaboration and partnership – we know that by working together we achieve more, and in sharing best practices we are strong together. This approach brings wider benefits to the community, charitable organisations and local authorities.
Environmental protection and enhancement– we exist to ensure South West London maintains a thriving and sustainable environment.

The Environment Trust (ET) and South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) are merging to create a unified charity focused on supporting and engaging communities to conserve and enhance the built and natural environment of South West London.  A new chair is sought that is external to both existing boards of trustees. Both boards are coming together as part of the merger process and a consultation process is already underway to establish a new name and brand for the new entity.  

More information about the merger can be found here 

The post is voluntary and not remunerated. Expenses may be paid in certain circumstances.  

Purpose of the role:

  • Hold the Board of Trustees and CEO to account for the Trust’s mission, vision and objectives 
  • Provide inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees and ensure its effectiveness as a team 
  • Ensure that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the trust and fulfils their potential as a trustee 
  • Support and, where appropriate, challenge the CEO and ensure that the Board works closely with the staff to achieve agreed objectives. 
  • Act as an ambassador and public face of the Trust in partnership with the CEO. 

The trustee board meetings are usually six times a year. In addition, the new chair should have sufficient time to meet regularly with the CEO and sometimes other staff. Represent the organisation at various events and meetings with key people. Generate and process key documents and papers. 

Location: The organisation’s office is located at ETNA, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR. Board meetings may be held in other locations.

Closing date for applications

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

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