Be our next Chair of Trustees

We are recruiting a new Chair of Trustees to lead the board in the next stage of the charity's journey. We are looking for someone with a passion for community-centred environmental education and the skills and personality to help steer our small and impactful organisation.

 

We are a unique charity which owns and runs the Creekside Discovery Centre on the banks of Deptford Creek. We are a successful wildlife conservation charity with a vision for building a vibrant community in the heart of London where people and wildlife can thrive. We do this through: 

  • Habitat management of our grounds and intertidal zones. We do what we preach
  • Assisting adult learning on the value of these habitats, Deptford Creek and the local area
  • A formal education programme of adventurous, hands-on learning for schools, colleges and universities
  • Delivering activities for family learning
  • Working with developers to improve land management in the area
  • Working with volunteers who strengthen these outputs and make them possible

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the opening of the Creekside Discovery Centre in 2002. In the last two decades we've welcomed 50,000 visitors and given them opportunities to wade safely in Deptford Creek, fully equipped and guided by our expert staff team. There is nowhere else in London where you can wade out onto the tidal river bed in this way.

 

As well as leading the board of trustees, our new chair will line manage the charity's coordinator (who leads our small team of staff and volunteers) and act as an ambassador for the charity. Demonstrating sound judgement, a collaborative yet decisive approach, and dedication, the postholder will lead the trustees in overseeing the long-term strategic development of the charity as well as the routine operation and maintenance of the Discovery Centre.

Belief in the mission and work of the charity is essential, as is a strong commitment to helping us achieve our aims. Previous experience of being a trustee or serving on the management committee of a community or a small business is preferred, but not essential.

The board of trustees meets six times a year (virtually or in person) and in addition the chair will be expected to meet the coordinator and other staff once a month. It would ideally suit someone who lives in and cares about this part of South East London. This is an unremunerated role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. 

To apply for this role send a cover letter and CV to info@creeksidecentre.org.uk by 17.00 on Monday 21st March.

The charity is striving to become more representative of the area we serve, and particularly welcomes applications from candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as from people from LGBTQ+ communities, women and people with disabilities. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact info@creeksidecentre.org.uk