Board of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Forth Valley
  • Closing 11th July 2022

  • Advertised from 13th June 2022


About Us

Forth Environment Link (FEL) is a Scottish environmental charity leading the way on connecting people and place. FEL supports more day to day journeys on foot or by bike; encourages more local food to be grown and eaten in our communities; and helps increase the lifespan of our everyday items.

The following values underpin our activity as an organisation:

· People first - Investing in our team to ensure we can provide tailored support where it is needed most.

· Enabling – Delivering activity in a way that is practical, easy to understand and accessible to everyone.

· Collaborative - Ensuring we work in partnership to add value where we can.

· Innovative - Testing and developing new ideas and being a catalyst for change.

· Passionate – Demonstrating a love for the environment and our place within it in everything we do.

· Fair– Working in a way that is inclusive and reflects the needs of the people and communities we work with.

Our strategic approach reflects our ambition as an organisation and recognises the role third sector will perform in delivering national outcomes at a local and regional level.

The Opportunity

Forth Environment Link is looking for new Trustees to join the organisation and help shape our future direction as we emerge from the last 12 months of working within a global pandemic.

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about the environment and climate action, possess good independent judgement, will appreciate the collective responsibilities of the Trustee Board and who think strategically. Our Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and can be re-appointed for two further terms of up to three years each.

We wish to increase the diversity, knowledge, age and experience on our Board so hope to attract applications from a wide range of talented individuals. We would particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on our Board including people from BAME backgrounds, younger people and people who have engaged with our organisation and/or services.

Applications from people with a commitment to community climate action would be welcomed. We are keen to attract people with experience or knowledge in the following areas but these are desirable, not exclusive:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Fundraising
  • Digital Leadership
  • Youth Engagement
  • Lived experience of food or transport poverty

The Board is currently made up of 8 members and meets every 2 months. This is an unpaid position, but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

General Trustee Duties:

To enable the organisation to meet its aims, trustees will contribute towards:

  • Setting and maintaining the vision, mission and values
  • Developing the strategic direction
  • Ensuring the organisation has the structure and resources it needs for delivery.
  • Establishing policies and procedures to govern organisational activity, including guidance for the board, volunteers and staff.
  • Establishing appropriate systems for reporting and monitoring.
  • Managing risk and ensure compliance and accountability with the governing document, external regulators and the law.
  • Ensuring the financial affairs of the organisation are well managed and reported on accurately.

Other duties

In addition to the statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This involves:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on strategic priorities
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives

Equal Opportunities

FEL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We would welcome applications from all suitable candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We would love to hear what you can bring to the organisation. Training and support is available for anyone who doesn’t have previous board experience.

Application notes

For more information and to apply, please visit

The Closing Date for applications is Friday 11th June 2022

Forth Environment Link is a registered company with charitable status.

Company No. 286 723|Scottish Charity No. SCO 019 276