Badger Trust seeks new Trustees

Annual recruitment to Board opens for 2022

We are seeking new trustees to join our Board to help support the current Trustees and Executive Director in continuing to deliver the objectives of the charity and to ensure we have the right mix of skills, experience and people to achieve even more for badgers in the coming years.

Established over 30 years ago as the National Federation of Badger Groups, Badger Trust exists to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats. We are the leading voice for badgers in England and Wales, with Scotland covered by Scottish Badgers. We represent and support over 50 local voluntary badger groups and thousands of supporters and followers. The Trust provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the government, police, and other conservation organisations to further our charitable aims.

We are at an exciting stage of development, with key projects in the final delivery stage from a recent organisational review, including investment in an expanded staff team, and work on a new 5-year strategy to ensure the charity delivers maximum impact for badgers to 2025. We run a range of campaigns, with core areas covering the ongoing cull in England, persistent wildlife crime, and around planning and development issues, as well as delivering badger crime training to police forces and supporting other wider crime and badger conservation work.

At this time we particularly welcome applications from those who have significant experience or expertise (paid or voluntary) in the following areas: charity governance; small business/charity operations; change management; people management (HR); marketing; fundraising; advocacy/policy and legal; and badger or general wildlife ecology and welfare.

We seek applicants who are good strategic thinkers, can work collaboratively (with collective responsibility at the heart) and will engage with the broader role of a trustee. We would like to diversify our board, in terms of age, background, ethnicity and gender identity. It is essential that applicants are passionate about badger welfare, although you may not have yet been lucky enough to have had involvement with them to date. In particular, we encourage badger group members to apply, to ensure the perspective and experience of our local groups helps inform what we do as the national charity.

The Board usually meets in person with quarterly meetings, held on a Saturday. However, due to the ongoing pandemic situation and the period of significant investment for growth and impact, at present, we have a mix of virtual and in-person meetings, with an increased frequency of meetings in 2022. We also hold an AGM (May) and an annual Symposium (March) which Trustees are expected to attend and support. Our office is based in Brighton, West Sussex, but this is an operational hub for staff, and no attendance is required for meetings. As a small charity, the Board is regularly asked to input into projects and may work closely with our staff team.

Chair, Jo Bates-Keegan, who joined the board in 2017, encourages people to consider applying: "I enjoy stretching myself and using skills that I wouldn't ordinarily get the opportunity to use. Sometimes it is challenging, but it's always interesting and there's always something to learn. I hope that I am making a difference for badgers and the charity, that's what I aim for."

Nicola Sainsbury, who joined the Board in 2018, said “It has been very rewarding using the skills and experience that I have built up throughout my career in support of badgers and the Trust. I enjoy working in a team with colleagues from different sectors and backgrounds to support a common aim. The role is varied and interesting, and sometimes challenging, but never dull. As someone who doesn’t have a background working in the conservation or wildlife field, I have also learnt a great deal about badgers during my time so far.”

You can find out more about our work by visiting our website and details of our current Board. You can also find us socially on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and LinkedIn.

We are a registered charity, a limited company, registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office for data protection compliance, and with the Fundraising Regulator for fundraising compliance. We are also members of the Small Charities Coalition and NCVO for best practice, guidance and support as part of our aim to be an effective and efficient charity.

We encourage applicants to ensure they are familiar with the legal responsibilities of a charity Trustee, and more information can be found on the Charity Commission’s website. Badger Trust’s registration with the Charity Commission.

Trustee roles are voluntary and without remuneration. Expenses incurred for Board business will be reimbursed in accordance with our expenses policy. Final appointment to the Board is subject to the election of recommended Trustees at the AGM of Badger Trust by the member groups.

If you would like to apply to be considered as a Badger Trust Trustee, please review the Trustee job role to ensure you meet our criteria and can offer the skills and experience we need. If so, we'd love to hear fr