Council Member

United Kingdom
Voluntary (expenses only)
02 Mar 2018
02 Apr 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

2018 Election to the National Trust's Council

We are expecting six election vacancies on our Council in October this year. The following information tells you about our Council, its role, the time commitment and how you can stand for election.

About the Council

The Council is the guardian spirit of the National Trust and its core purpose: looking after special places for ever, for everyone. The Council plays an important governance role in how the Trust is run. Its main responsibilities are to appoint the Board of Trustees (including the Chair and Deputy Chair) and to monitor and support their work and performance. The Council debates important issues of strategy and policy and shares its views about them with the Board.

By autumn of this year the Council will have 36 volunteers.  Half are elected from the membership and half are appointed from kindred organisations which we call appointing bodies.

Our Council’s strength comes from the breadth of knowledge of our appointed and elected members – most important we look for people with a real passion for the Trust and who love what it stands for. Some of our Council members go on to become Trustees. 

Council member terms and time commitment

Council members are elected from October 2018 for three years, and usually serve a maximum of two terms, subject to re-election. You can expect to spend about ten days a year on Council business. Council membership is a voluntary role but we reimburse expenses. 

What skills and experience are we looking for?

We welcome applications from people of all ages, ethnicity and backgrounds, who can contribute to our work. You should be able to demonstrate a broad range of the qualities and experience we’re looking for – find out more about these here. In particular this year, we are also looking to enhance the diversity of the Council with enhanced representation of members from East Anglia, Midlands and North of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Please note that in order to be eligible to stand for election to our Council, our constitution requires that candidates are Trust members by 15 May 2018. 

About the election and apply

Anyone who thinks they meet the criteria noted above and is able to contribute to our Council is welcome to apply. 

If you would like to stand for election, please visit our website, where you will find all necessary documents that need be submitted and more information on the election process.

Closing date: 2 April 2018

Thank you for your interest – we look forward to hearing from you.

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