Trustee opportunities

Do you want to use your skills to help support our people, landscape and wildlife in the Yorkshire Dales?

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support People, Landscape and Wildlife. We are looking for trustees to bring new skills and experience to our board as we embark on an ambitious phase of development.

What's involved? 

At YDMT we pride ourselves on being a ‘doing’ organisation that makes a practical difference. As a trustee your role will have a direct impact on our ability to reach more people and deliver more projects that help to protect and enhance our spectacular landscape and precious wildlife.

As a trustee you will play an integral role in shaping our strategic direction, effectiveness and accountability as a charity, working collectively with other board members to:

  • determine the mission and strategy for the organisation, 
  • be held accountable for the actions of the organisation,
  • safeguard assets and ensure that those assets are used appropriately,
  • contribute to effective decision making and information sharing,
  • be an ambassador for the organisation,
  • recruit new staff and trustees.

As a trustee you will be expected to attend board meetings five times a year. Currently these are online, but may sometimes be held near our office in Clapham (near Settle). In addition, trustees are encouraged to volunteer for various sub committees and attend training as required. Sub committees include: finance, community grants, woodland grants, health, safety and wellbeing, remuneration, and recruitment. You will also be invited to attend some of our events and woodland open days throughout the year, to talk to our supporters and beneficiaries.

Whilst the trustee role in voluntary and time is unpaid, travel and other incidental expenses will be reimbursed.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experience who can bring new skills and experience to our board of trustees. We welcome people who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and who can provide new perspectives on our work.

We are keen to appoint people who are representative of our community, our stakeholders, and our beneficiaries, and will help to increase diversity on the board in terms of age, background, and ethnicity.

We are also looking to expand the collective knowledge base of the board by recruiting trustees with experience relating to our charitable activities and our beneficiaries. That might include experience of:

  • the voluntary sector,
  • the local community and landscape,
  • equality & diversity,
  • finance,
  • health and wellbeing.

However, this list is not exhaustive, and we want to hear from anyone who believes their background and expertise could be useful to us.

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What's in it for me?

Being a trustee with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, both personally and professionally.

You’ll be part of a small and passionate team, helping to shape the future direction of a small charity at an exciting time of change and development for the organisation. You will also have the chance to use your skills to improve how YDMT supports its beneficiaries and find new ways to protect and enhance this special part of the world for everyone.

Whether you are an experienced trustee or looking to take on your first trustee role, if you have the time and energy to commit to the role and can identify with our values, ethos and aims, we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

If you are up for the challenge and would like to be considered for a trustee position, please read the information pack and email jo.boulter@ydmt.org to register your interest in the first instance. We will then be in touch with further information.  

Trustee information pack

If you have any questions regarding your application or would like an informal discussion, please call us on 015242 51002 to arrange a suitable time to speak with our chair.

The board of trustees will be scheduling interviews as applications come in, therefore early application is advised. However, we do have vacancies on a regular basis and there is no closing date for applications.