We're currently looking for applications from potential new trustees to join Blue Ventures' board, to oversee the organisation's governance and strategy in line with our mission and vision.
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Closing date for applications: 28th February 2021                          

Start date: April 2021

Term: Successful applicants will serve a three-year term with potential for re-appointment for a maximum of one additional term.

Location: Blue Ventures Conservation’s Head Office is based in Bristol, board meetings are held online and may require occasional in-person attendance.

Remuneration: Trusteeships are voluntary and unpaid (other than expenses).

Time commitment: Trustees are required to prepare for and attend quarterly board meetings as well as sub-committee meetings, and any ad hoc initiatives that are required.

Rebuilding fisheries with coastal communities

Blue Ventures develops locally led approaches to marine management that benefit people and nature alike. By listening and responding to basic needs, we design our models to catalyse and sustain marine conservation, unlocking the potential of coastal communities to manage their resources. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to advancing the rights of small-scale fishers throughout the coastal tropics.

Role of the Board of Trustees

Blue Ventures’ Board of Trustees is the highest level governance and decision making authority within Blue Ventures. Trustees ensure that the charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with the charity’s vision. Our trustees’ role is to be ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the mission and our beneficiaries first. Trustees also safeguard our assets – both physical assets, including property, and intangible ones, such as our reputation. They make sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably. 

Trustees are unpaid volunteers, and carry the overall legal responsibility for the decisions and actions of the charity. The Board of Trustees is a governance board and is accountable for ensuring that the organisation and its leadership:

  • Fulfils the legal responsibilities set forth by the Charity Commission and complies with the legal frameworks where Blue Ventures operates;
  • Remains financially solvent;
  • Pursues evidence-based and informed strategies to achieve the mission; and,
  • Respects the values of Blue Ventures in its operations and engagement with communities.

The Board of Trustees delegates the daily operational management of Blue Ventures to the Directors, holding the Executive Director to full account for the performance and management of the organisation. 

Download the full terms of reference here

Application process

Applicants should apply online by 28th February 2021.  Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

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